1. The weakness of the NFC
The NFC playoff picture is not exactly pretty. A team with a losing record will win the south and while Dallas will have a very good record and be the NFC’s No. 5 seed, the race for the No. 6 and No. 7 spots is rather ugly.
Currently Washington and the Giants sit in the No. 6 and No. 7 spots in the NFC, both with 7-5-1 records. Realistically only Detroit and Seattle have chances to knock them out of those spots, with the Packers having an outside chance should they win their last four games.
Seattle currently sits at 7-7, 1.5 games out of the playoffs, but has to play at the Chiefs, plus home against the Jets and Rams to finish their season. The Lions need to win two more games than the Giants or Washington over the final four games to pass one of them, and have to play at the Jets, at the Panthers, home against the Bears, and at the Packers.
According to FiveThirtyEight, the Giants will have a 91 percent chance to make the playoffs should they beat Washington on Sunday night and a 35 percent chance should they lose. Big Blue can make their lives quite simple if they can beat the rivals on the road Sunday night, and we think they will.