Over this past offseason, the NFC was talked about as the dominant conference in the NFL. There really haven’t been any surprises so far in this conference besides how shockingly bad the NFC East looks about three quarters through the season. The playoffs are slowly approaching, so today we will break down the playoff picture in the NFC and see where things stand right now.
#1 New Orleans Saints
The saints are in a pretty similar situation from last year. Drew Brees has gone down with a pretty tough injury but they are picking up right where they left off when he was healthy. The team is now 2-0 since he went down with wins over the Falcons and the Broncos. QB Taysom Hill has played pretty well in both of these games, with not being asked to do too much at the same time.
They sit at 9-2, first place in the division and first place in the conference. They also already picked up two key wins over the Bucs, with their losses coming to the Packers and Raiders. If the Saints manage to keep home field, they will be very tough to beat in the playoffs, as they usually are.
#2 Green Bay Packers vs #7 Arizona Cardinals
To me, this is a mismatch all across the board from the very beginning. To start, this game would be played on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in Green Bay. It would be a cold January night, the total opposite of what the Cardinals are used to playing in. Kyler Murray is turning into a star slowly but still has ways to go. In this environment, along with the experience and poise of Aaron Rodgers, this would be a pretty easy matchup for the Packers in this one.
#3 Seattle Seahawks vs #6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If you followed the AFC playoff picture as well, this would clearly be the best matchup of the entire weekend. Tom Brady vs Russell Wilson is always legendary, going all the way back to the Super Bowl in 2015. Tampa has been very inconsistent this season for many reasons but one of them is the offense. Seattle’s defense has also been very inconsistent this year, starting off horribly and then picking it up these past couple of weeks.
This game would take place in Seattle with likely no fans, which sort of takes away the home-field advantage. This is a game that the Bucs could absolutely come in and pull off an upset, but they have to prove that they are consistent enough to do this for the rest of the regular season.
#4 New York Giants vs #5 Los Angeles Rams
If you told me at the beginning of the season that the New York Giants would be in prime position to host a playoff game, I would have never believed you. The division is so bad that they could be in this game with only 5 or 6 wins. However to me, the Rams would easily win this game.
Aaron Donald would be almost impossible to contain for this offensive line, just like most other teams. The Rams secondary would also be a matchup nightmare for Daniel Jones who seems to have problems with turning the ball over.
The Giants would be at home, however, which would give them some shot at winning just like any team from the NFC East who gets that home playoff game. They played earlier this year in LA and gave the Rams a pretty good game. I don’t know how similar it would be this time around but the Rams should be in prime position to win this one.
A lot of these wild card matchups as of right now would be subpar games besides the Tampa vs Seattle battle. However over the years, we have seen various amounts of upsets on wild card weekend, and in a crazy year like 2020, there shouldn’t be any exceptions. There are still five weeks left in the season so plenty of these matchups could change, especially over in the crazy AFC.