With just five weeks remaining in the NFL's regular season, the elite teams have begun to pull away from the pack, the cellar dwellers have become apparent, and the teams in the middle still have enough time to prove their playoff potential. But do they have the talent to pull it off? Is the schedule favorable? Weigh each team's future below and cast your vote on whether they are contenders or pretenders in the playoff picture.


Washington Redskins

5-6, tied for 2nd in NFC East
Schedule: NYG, BAL, at CLE, at PHI, DAL
Passing: 19th | Rushing: 2nd | Defense: 28th

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Are the Redskins (5-6) contenders or pretenders?

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    52%
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    48%

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Dallas Cowboys

5-6, tied for 2nd in NFC East
Schedule: PHI, at CIN, PIT, NO, at WAS
Passing: 3rd | Rushing 32nd | Defense: 8th

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Are the Cowboys (5-6) contenders or pretenders?

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    12%
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    88%

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Minnesota Vikings

6-5, 3rd in NFC North
Schedule: at GB, CHI, at STL, at HOU, GB
Passing: 30th | Rushing 3rd | Defense: 11th

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Are the Vikings (6-5) contenders or pretenders?

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    33%
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    67%

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-5, 2nd in NFC South
Schedule: at DEN, PHI, at NO, STL, at ATL
Passing: 13th | Rushing 11th | Defense: 30th

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Are the Buccaneers (6-5) contenders or pretenders?

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    63%
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    37%

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New Orleans Saints

5-6, 3rd in NFC South
Schedule: at ATL, at NYG, TB, at DAL, CAR
Passing: 5th | Rushing: 27th | Defense: 32nd

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Are the Saints (5-6) contenders or pretenders?

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    44%
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    56%

Discuss (Total votes: 20,234)


Seattle Seahawks

6-5, 2nd in NFC West
Schedule: at CHI, ARI, at BUF, SF, STL
Passing: 31st | Rushing: 8th | Defense: 5th

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Are the Seahawks (6-5) contenders or pretenders?

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    59%
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    41%

Discuss (Total votes: 20,193)

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