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If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 12

Colts vs Saints: Week 12's prediciton for the Super Bowl

Two unbeaten teams remain, looking to be on a collision course for the Super Bowl. And the Colts have become the first team to guarantee themselves a playoff spot. As always, the wildcard spots are still very much up for grabs and are the most interesting race; six teams in the AFC alone are not in the playoffs but are at most one game out. And interestingly enough, the Cardinals are leading their division by two games despite having a losing home record. With only five weeks left, and eleven spots left for the taking, who will step up during the final stretch? Let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, November 30 at 11:45pm:

West:

#1 New Orleans Saints

As usual, the Saints look to impress, having come off an impressive performance against the New England Patriots Monday. Having won, the Saints made this the first time ever two NFL teams have started 11-0-0 in the same season. And having forced Tom Brady out of the game (due to a crushing defeat) late in the 4th quarter, the Saints are commanding a lot of respect in the NFL.

#2 Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota staked their claim as well, trouncing the Bears Sunday. Aside from the ending to the Steelers game, Minnesota has been just as impressive as the Saints. This could make for a very interesting showdown in the NFC Championship Game.

#3 Dallas Cowboys vs. #6 Green Bay Packers

On Thanksgiving, both teams dominated (as they should have). The Cowboys continued to impress against the Raiders while the Packers went into the Silverdome and crushed the Lions (who hasn’t?) But the Packers do have that win against Dallas earlier in the season, so we’ll see how they fare in Dallas this time.

#4 Arizona Cardinals vs. #5 Philadelphia Eagles

A rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game, the Eagles will look for revenge despite injuries. The Cardinals have the only losing home record amongst playoff teams. Something has to give, and if the Eagles can put some heart into it, it might just be the Cardinals.

AFC:

#1 Indianapolis Colts

After getting trampled by the Texans in the first half, the Colts returned the favor double in the second, to get the one-possession win. For an unbeaten team, the Colts have sure had a lot of one possession wins. If it won’t catch up to them now, then the Saints will be happy to oblige.

#2 Cincinnati Bengals

The surprising Bengals continue to cling desperately to a tiebreaker hold on a first round bye. They defeated Cleveland to get a rare divisional sweep, but only 16 points against a team like the Browns? If they expect to play with Indianapolis or San Diego, they’ll have to do better than that.

#3 San Diego Chargers vs. #6 Jacksonville Jaguars

The Chargers scored a Week 12 high 43 points against the Chiefs to push their winning streak to six games. The Jaguars were held to a simple field goal against the 49ers. Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that the Chargers will take this one?

#4 New England Patriots vs. #5 Denver Broncos

Come on, Pats, what was that? Once again, the Patriots allowed a good team to get the better of them. And a 38-17 destruction, no less. Meanwhile, the Broncos snapped their skid against the Giants on Thanksgiving, to pull even with the Pats. The stadium may be different, but Denver should give New England the same trouble they handed out earlier in the season.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • Houston @ Jacksonville and Baltimore @ Green Bay could give Pittsburgh the chance they need to move into the last wildcard spot (against Oakland).
  • If Atlanta can knock off Philadelphia, they could jump up the rankings into a wildcard spot.

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One comment for “If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 12”

  1. After the trouncing we got from the Vikes last January, kinda glad we’re in a new season now.

    Posted by Dallas Cowboys Game Packages | August 1, 2010, 1:00 pm

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