NFL playoff picture, Seahawks left out


It’s that time of year when we can start to look ahead at possible playoff scenario’s in the NFL.  The sample size is large enough; we can see who and what teams are at this point (or aren’t). Each week for the rest of the season we’ll break down how the NFC playoff picture would look if the season ended today. (As we get closer to the end of the year we’ll include the AFC as well.)

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At this point, the Seahawks are on the outside looking in, but with a mind-boggling 11 teams within two games of the 5th seed, this year’s race is shaping up to be closer than ever.

Here’s how it looks today (seeding provided by


  • 1st seed – Carolina Panthers (6-0)
  • 2nd seed – Green Bay Packers (6-0)

Interesting that the Panthers win the tie-breakers at this point.


  • 6th seed Minnsota Vikings (4-2) at 3rd seed Arizona Cardinals (5-2): The Vikings have quietly put together an excellent start after their ugly opening night loss to San Francisco.
  • 5th seed Atlanta Falcons (6-1) at 4th seed New York Giants (4-3): Atlanta has to settle for wild card and a road game due to Carolina winning the division.


St. Louis is currently sitting in 7th, just outside of the playoff race at 3-3. Seattle is 9th at 3-4. The Rams should get an easy one this Sunday, playing the 49ers at home, and then a big matchup against Minnesota on the road looms on November 8th. The Seahawks can stay two games behind Arizona with a win in Dallas this Sunday, then both the Cardinals and the Seahawks get a week #9 bye before facing off on Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on November 15th. Two straight wins by Seattle and they move into position to control their own playoff destiny. They face St. Louis at home in week #16 before finishing against the Cardinals in Glendale in the season finale.

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