NFL Playoff Scenario As It Stands Now

Posted: November 15, 2010 in News
New Meadowland Stadium

With both New York teams doing wel, imagine how hectic Championship Sunday would be if both games were hosted at the New Meadowland Stadium.

Should the NFL playoffs begin today, the following would be a rough sketch of the brackets and seedings. There are indeed some surprises that may very well hold up or could be ironed out with only seven weeks to go.

National Football Conference

1. Atlanta Falcons (7-2)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (6-3)

3. Chicago Bears (6-3)

4. Seattle Seahawks (5-4)

5. New York Giants (6-3)

6. New Orleans Saints (6-3)

Outside Looking In: Green Bay Packers (6-3), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3), Washington Redskins (4-5), St. Louis Rams (4-5) 

American Football Conference

1. New York Jets (7-2)

2. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)

3. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)

4. Oakland Raiders (5-4)

5. New England Patriots (7-2)

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)

Outside Looking In: Kansas City Chiefs (5-4), Miami Dolphins (5-4), Tennessee Titans (5-4), Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4), Houston Texans (4-5), San Diego Chargers (4-5)

Here’s what surprises me. As expected, the AFC is more wide open for the wild cards. The NFC features more garbage teams, so the chase for wild card spots will be between fewer teams. Of the interesting first round pairings, the matchups would be Colts-Steelers, Raiders-Patriots, Bears-Packers, and Seahawks-Saints.

Can the Raiders really hold off the Chiefs and Chargers in the west? Can the Jets keep winning road games against bad teams in overtime? Will Seattle be sleepless if they win the league’s worst division just to host a playoff game and be defeated by a wild card team?

Only 7 weeks left – where did the season go?! Enjoy every Sunday like it’s the last time you’ll ever watch football.

  1. Kieran says:

    Easily the best NFL season yet. The surprises are extremes, and no one has jumped out to an early league. The way the Bears have been playing, how are they only one game away from a bye in the 1st round? It’s ridiculous. I said it last week, the Eagles are the best team in the league. That offense is ridiculous and they sure showed it last night. The only potential challengers in the NFC, in my eyes, are the obvious ones. Green Bay and Atlanta. Green Bay has the defense to stop Vick, as their linebackers are speed speed speed. To beat Vick, you must blitz effectively (i.e. Not a DB blitz on 2nd and 3) and keep containment. The Packers pass rush is able to do both.
    The Falcons, on the other hand, are gods at home, as evidenced by Ryan’s 18-1 record. Falcons have a vanilla scheme, but a combination contain from Sean Weatherspoon and John Abraham would be interesting on Vick. Also, the Eagles secondary is extremely susceptible, especially to potential MVP Roddy White. In his last 3 games against the Eagles, White has 22 recs, 300 yards, 3 TDs. That math is not too hard to do folks. That’s an average of 7 rec, 100, TD. If the Falcons play the Eagles, White will have to be the MVP of that game.

    Could we see Oakland vs. New England in the playoffs for the first time since the tuck rule? Interesting. That year propelled the Pats onto a dynasty, and they are poised enough to get to Dallas.

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