While two playoff berths in the NFC postseason have already been claimed by the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, there are at least a dozen teams still in the hunt for five playoff berths, thanks mostly to the completely mediocre NFC East, where all four teams are alive despite currently owning losing records. Let’s take a look at the quickly approaching NFC playoffs, starting at the top, where there is definitely drama between the Saints and Packers head into Week 15. That being said, let’s get right to it so you can continue making your bets against their NFC odds.
NFL Betting Analysis – Updated NFC Playoffs Picture
Green Bay (10-3)
The Packers are tied with New Orleans with a conference-best 10 win, but Green Bay gets the top spot thanks to their 37-30 Week 3 win over New Orleans. The Packers have won three straight and five of six and finish up at home against Carolina and Tennessee and on the road at Chicago. While a win over the Panthers looks assured, Green Bay’s final two matchups against the streaking Titans and dangerous Bears defense could seemingly go either way. The Packers lead the NFL in scoring (31.5 ppg). Stay tuned.
New Orleans (10-3)
The Saints had their nine-game in their stunning 24-21 road loss against Philadelphia on Sunday. Still, with an offense that ranks seventh in scoring (28.3 ppg) and a defense that ranks fifth in points allowed (20.4 ppg), New Orleans has the look of a really legitimate Super Bowl favorite. The Saints host Kansas City on Sunday in a potential Super Bowl preview before finishing up at home against Minnesota and on the road at Carolina. Drew Brees will be back under center for New Orleans’ final two games, if not Sunday’s clash against the Chiefs.
LA Rams (9-4)
The NFC West-leading Rams are looking good right now after winning two straight and four of five including their 24-3 smackdown of New England the last time out. Los Angeles ranks an outstanding third in points allowed (18.9 ppg) while ranking first in total defense, first against the pass and third against the run. The Rams host the lowly Jets on Sunday in what will be an easy victory, but then they head to Seattle and finish at home against the dangerous Cardinals. A 2-1 or 1-2 finish is possible, depending on what kind of performance Arizona puts up in the regular season finale.
Despite owning an uninspiring 6-7 record, Washington is in fourth place in the NFC standings because they lead the worst division in the entire league. Ron Rivera’s streaking team heads into its Week 15 home date against Seattle riding the wave of a fantastic four-game winning streak including their hard-fought 23-15 win over San Francisco on Sunday. Washington ranks a stellar fourth in total defense, third against the pass, ninth against the run and sixth in points allowed (21.2 ppg). Washington has not allowed more than 17 points in their last four games and finishes up at home against Carolina and on the road against Philly in what looks like a huge, season-ending NFC East clash that could decided the winner of the NFC East.
The good news is that Russell Wilson and company have won three of four and ranks a stellar third in scoring (30.2 ppg). The bad news is that Seattle has a trio of tough matchups to closeout the regular season. The Seahawks are at Washington on Sunday, at home against the LA Rams the following week and at San Francisco in their finale. Seattle could win – or drop all three though I’m thinking a 2-1 finish is the likely scenario for the Seahawks.
Tampa Bay (8-5)
Tom Brady and the Bucs snapped a two-game skid by man-handling Minnesota en route to a 26-14 win on Sunday. Still, Tampa Bay is just 2-3 over its last five. The good news is that 11 victories looks like a near lock as the Bucs finish at Atlanta and Detroit and at home against the Falcons in their finale. The Buccaneers rank sixth in scoring (28.5 ppg) and 11th in points allowed (22.6 ppg).
The Cardinals got a huge win on Sunday by beating the Giants 26-7 to snap a three-game skid and keep their playoff hopes alive. Arizona ranks ninth in scoring (27.5 ppg) and 13th in points allowed (23.3 ppg). Kyler Murray and company finish at home against Philadelphia and San Francisco and on the road at the LA Rams. Truly, the Cards could go 3-0, 0-3, 2-1 or 1-2 over their last three so this is a team and situation that bears watching!
The Vikings saw their playoff hopes take a big hit by losing to Tampa Bay 26-14 on Sunday. Minnesota is tied with Chicago for second place in the NFC North as they get set for their huge Week 15 home date against the Bears before finishing up at New Orleans and Detroit. If the Vikes finish 2-1 over their final three, they’ll have a shot, but if they go 1-2, Minnesota looks done!
The Bears kept their faint playoff hopes alive by stunning Houston 36-7 on Sunday while snapping a six-game losing streak in the process. Chicago visits Minnesota in a huge division showdown on Sunday before visiting Jacksonville and then finishing up with a season-ending matchup against division rival Green Bay. I think the Bears go 1-2 to finish at 7-9 – and out of the Playoffs.
NFC East Standings
- NY Giants (5-8)
The Giants are one game behind Washington in the NFC East standings after suffering a humbling 26-7 home loss against desperate Arizona on Sunday. The G-Men host Cleveland on Sunday before finishing up at Baltimore and at home against Dallas. A 1-2 mark looks like the best the Giants can do while finishing at 6-10.
- Philadelphia (4-8-1)
The Eagles snapped a four-game skid by upsetting New Orleans 24-21 on Sunday as Jalen Hurts took over for Carson Wentz under center. The Birds have a tough games on their hands as they visit Arizona on Sunday before finishing up with divisional matchups at home against Dallas and on the road at Washington. I think Philly goes 1-2 at best over their final three, though it could be 2-1. Either way, Washington is clearly in the driver’s seat in the NFC East.