Buckle up. The NFC has many opportunities for a shot at the playoffs. Seattle, Carolina and San Francisco have all punched their ticket, but there are two divisions to be decided as well as a wild card spot. The NFC North and East are in a win-and-In situation. Green Bay faces Chicago while Philadelphia visits Dallas. The winners of those games will decide their respective divisions. The wild card is a two horse race between New Orleans and Arizona. Both these teams sit at 10-5 but the Saints hold the head-to-head tie breaker over the Cards.
The Packers are favored in the regular season finale due to the return of Aaron Rodgers. Even though Clay Matthews had season ending surgery on his thumb, Rodgers should be able to fill the void with moving the ball and scoring some points. The Bears defense to say it nicely is awful, like really awful. Jay Cutler will have to keep pace with Rodgers to make this a ball game.
While the Packers’ quarterback returns, the Cowboy’s signal caller exits. Tony Romo did his best to stay on the field but Kyle Orton will be leading ‘America’s Team’ into a sizzling hot Eagles team. Nick Foles has been phenomenal in Chip Kelly’s regime which has led to the Eagles having the second most points for in the NFL. It’s hard to have confidence in the Cowboys without Romo as well as the Eagles playing well.
As for the final wild card spot, it is the Saints to lose. After beating the Cardinals head to head, they have to finish off the lowly Buccaneers at home to make the dance. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have to face the 49ers. I like the Saints’ chances this week.