The Atlanta Falcons are 10-2 and have the best record in the NFL. They might want to thank the schedule-makers at the NFL's offices, as well, because the Falcons still get to the play the Carolina Panthers, who are putrid, two more times in the final four weeks.
The Falcons also face Seattle and have a showdown on Monday night with New Orleans in the next-to-last week of the season.
After Sunday's play, Chicago and New Orleans are a game behind Atlanta at 9-3, while Philadelphia, the New York Giants and Green Bay are 8-4. Those easily look like the bext six teams in the NFL, but only five of them are going to get in the playoffs because the terrible NFC West champion is going to get in.
The Falcons look like a good bet to get in, and if they beat the Panthers twice, they should at least get a home playoff game (and they will probably win their division). Considering the Seahawks are awful, too, and the fact that the Falcons have overcome their own past demons, a road win in Seattle is not unheard of.
And the Falcons already beat New Orleans at New Orleans, so the Falcons should be favored to win the rest of their games and go 14-2. The Falcons? 14-2? Really? YES.
And if the Falcons get home-field advantage, look out Dallas: the Falcons will be headed to Dallas for the Super Bowl.
Here are the NFC contenders and the rest of their schedules:
New York Jets
at Green Bay
New Orleans, 9-3
at New York Giants
New York Giants, 8-4
at Green Bay
Green Bay, 8-4
at New England
vs. New York Giants
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