Week 13 NFC Playoff Picture Update

With Week 12 in the books, let’s check out the updated NFC Playoff Picture and update our projections. The Lions will likely need to win out in order to make the playoffs after their Thanksgiving loss to the Vikings.

To make matters worse, the Lions received little help in the wild card race as the Panthers, Falcons, and Seahawks all won. Both Atlanta and Carolina have the head-to-head tie breaker over Detroit.

Elsewhere in the NFC, Philadelphia continues their dominance. Meanwhile, Green Bay and Dallas drop below .500 and are therefore eliminated from our projections.

Division Leaders:

Philadelphia (10-1)

Remaining Schedule: at NYG, at LAR, at SEA, OAK, DAL

Key Player: Ronald Darby, CB

Projection: 14-2, #1 seed

Minnesota (9-2)

Remaining Schedule: at ATL, at CAR, at GB, CIN, CHI

Key Player: Adam Thielen, WR

Projection: 12-4, #2 seed

New Orleans (8-3)

Remaining Schedule: at ATL, at TB, NYJ, ATL, CAR

Key Player: Mark Ingram, RB

Projection: 11-5, #4 seed

Los Angeles (8-3)

Remaining Schedule: at SEA, at TEN, at ARI, SF, PHI

Key Player: Jared Goff, QB

Projection: 11-5, #3 seed

Wild Card:

Carolina (8-3)

Remaining Schedule: at ATL, at NO, MIN, GB, TB

Key Player: Devin Funchess, WR

Projection: 10-6, #6 seed

Atlanta (7-4)

Remaining Schedule: at NO, at TB, CAR, MIN, NO

Key Player: Julio Jones, WR

Projection: 10-6, #5 seed

In the Hunt:

Seattle (7-4)

Remaining Schedule: at JAX, at DAL, LAR, PHI, ARI

Key Player: Earl Thomas, FS

Projection: 9-7, miss playoffs

Detroit (6-5)

Remaining Schedule: at BAL, at TB, at CIN, CHI, GB

Key Player: Matthew Stafford, QB

Projection: 10-6, miss playoffs

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