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Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A look at the NFC South road to the playoffs

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

It's a good thing the Carolina Panthers got off to a fast start. The 8-3 record they built might come in handy because they have the toughest remaining schedule of any NFC team that's a strong playoff contender. Only the Philadelphia Eagles, who are barely hanging on at 5-5-1, have anything close to Carolina's remaining schedule.

The Panthers and Eagles both play opponents who have a combined .636 winning percentage. That's substantially harder than what the three other NFC South teams face in the final five weeks.

Here's a look:


TAMPA BAY
(8-3)

CAROLINA
(8-3)

ATLANTA
(7-4)

NEW ORLEANS
(6-5)

OPP. RECORD

28-27
(.509)

35-20
(.636)

26-29
(.473)

29-26
(.527)

WEEK 13

New Orleans
(6-5)

at Green Bay
(5-6)

at San Diego
(4-7)

at Tampa Bay
(8-3)

WEEK 14

at Carolina
(8-3)

Tampa Bay
(8-3)

at New Orleans (6-5)

Atlanta
(7-4)

WEEK 15

at Atlanta
(7-4)

Denver
(6-5)

Tampa Bay
(8-3)

at Chicago
(6-5)

WEEK 16

San Diego
(4-7)

at NY Giants (10-1)

at Minnesota (6-5)

at Detroit
(0-11)

WEEK 17

Oakland
(3-8)

at New Orleans (6-5)

St. Louis
(2-9)

Carolina
(8-3)