Looking at the playoff picture

November, 27, 2011
11/27/11
10:27
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If the season ended today, the NFC South would have two teams in the playoffs.

ESPN Stats & Information just sent out a package that included the playoff picture as it now stands for both the NFC and AFC. We’ll stick with the NFC here because that’s what we do.

At the moment, the Saints, who host the Giants on Monday night, would be the No. 3 seed and NFC South champions. The Packers would be the No. 1 seed and the 49ers would be No. 2. Dallas would be the fourth seed as the NFC East champion. The Bears and Falcons would be the wild-card teams. Both are 7-4, but Chicago would be the No. 5 seed because the Bears defeated the Falcons in the season opener.

As long as we’re talking about the future, let’s talk draft order. ESPN Stats & Information sent out the order for the top 10 based on current records. At the moment, the Panthers would hold the No. 5 overall pick (anybody think general manager Marty Hurney already is looking hard at defensive players?). They’re the only NFC South team that currently would be in the top 10. But it sure is looking like the Buccaneers (4-7) could be headed for a top-10 pick.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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