We have officially passed the halfway mark of the 2022 NFL season, entering into Week 11. At this point in the season, we know which teams are pretenders, and which teams are contenders, and with this info we can efficiently predict the what the playoff picture will look like for both conferences. Today we will look at the NFC contenders. Check out our AFC contenders here.
(Current Playoff Picture)
Projected Playoff Standings
1. Philadelphia Eagles (Projected 14-3)
2. Minnesota Vikings (Projected 14-3)
3. San Francisco 49ers (Projected 10-7)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Projected 9-8)
5. Dallas Cowboys (Projected 12-5)
6. NY Giants (Projected 11-6)
7. Seattle Seahawks (Projected 10-7)
Despite the loss to the lowly Washington Commanders, the Eagles are still in the best position to win the NFC. Even with the Commanders running all over Philly, Jalen Hurts and co were in this game up until the very end. Uncharacteristic turnovers, drops, and fumbles cost Philly this game, and that is surely unlikely to continue this season. And as for the lack of a run defense with the loss of 1st round pick Jordan Davis, the Eagles made sure to clean that up quickly with the acquisitions of both Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh (something that seems so obvious, yet 99% of teams won’t do). Honestly I’m still not sold on the Vikings, even with the victory over the Bills. I think we need to see Kirk put on a show in primetime, or in the 1st round in the playoffs to be a serious contender. But honestly, performance wise, it’s very possible that the Vikings could be the #1 overall seed in the NFC, especially with Justin Jefferson looking like a 2021 Cooper Kupp. It should be no surprise that the Niners win their division, with the current lack of competition they have from the Arizona Cardinals and LA Rams (even before the Kupp injury). The Seahawks were a very nice Cinderella story, but it looks like the clock struck midnight across the pond in Germany against the Bucs. And speaking of the Bucs………well somebody has to win the NFC South.
As far as the Wildcard teams, the Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants, and Seattle Seahawks are the teams to watch. The Dallas Cowboys are back to being their dominant regular season selves, albeit this year leaning more on their run game and defense. Time will tell whether or not this actually translates into post season success. Both the Giants and Seahawks are Cinderella stories, but both have the benefit of outstanding starts to their respective seasons. I doubt that either team sustains their level of success, but even if both teams finish the season going .500 in the remainder of their respective games, that should still be enough to get a wildcard spot in the post season. That and having to compete with a weak conference, where the next two teams on the bubble of the playoffs are………..the Washington Commanders and the Green Bay Packers.
What say you? Who do you think will make the playoffs in the NFC, and which teams will win their divisions or make it in the Wildcard rounds? Let us know in the comments below!