Looking at NFC South playoff picture


The NFC South would have two teams in the playoffs if the season ended today.

The Atlanta Falcons (11-2) lead the division and the race for the No. 1 overall seed. Chicago would be the No. 2 seed with Philadelphia No. 3. The St. Louis Rams would be the No. 4 seed and the NFC West champions.

The 10-3 New Orleans Saints would be the No. 5 seed and the New York Giants (8-4) would be the NFC’s final playoff team.

But there are three more weeks in the season. Actually, you could say there are a little more than three weeks left in the regular season. There still is an NFC game on Monday night that could have an impact on the current situation.

The Giants will play the Vikings in Detroit on Monday night and the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be watching that one closely. As of right now, ESPN Stats & Information says the Bucs are No. 7 in seeding for the six-team playoff field. Although they have the same record as the Green Bay Packers, the Bucs hold the edge on Green Bay due to a better conference record. That means the Packers currently would be No. 8.

The 6-7 Seahawks are sitting at No. 9. St. Louis currently holds the lead in the NFC West due to a head-to-head victory against the Seahawks. But those teams play again in the final week of the regular season. Minnesota (5-7) rounds out the top 10 in the NFC playoff picture.