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NFL PLAYOFF SEEDINGS AFTER WEEK 8

AFC
1. Indianapolis (7-0) AFC South leaders
2. Denver (6-2) AFC West leaders
3. Cincinnati (6-2) AFC North leaders
4. New England (4-3) AFC East leaders
5. Pittsburgh (5-2) Wild card
6. Jacksonville (4-3) Wild card

7. Kansas City (4-3)
8. San Diego (4-4)
9. Oakland (3-4)
10. Miami (3-4)
11. Buffalo (3-5)
12. Baltimore (2-5)
13. N.Y. Jets (2-5)
14. Cleveland (2-5)
15. Tennessee (2-6)
16. Houston (1-6)

NFC
1. N.Y. Giants (5-2) NFC East leaders
2. Seattle (5-2) NFC West leaders
3. Carolina (5-2) NFC South leaders
4. Chicago (4-3) NFC North leaders
5. Atlanta (5-2) Wild card
6. Tampa Bay (5-2) Wild card

7. Dallas (5-3)
8. Washington (4-3)
9. Philadelphia (4-3)
10. St. Louis (4-4)
11. Detroit (3-4)
12. Minnesota (2-5)
13. Arizona (2-5)
14. San Francisco (2-5)
15. New Orleans (2-6)
16. Green Bay (1-6)

Wild Card Matchups:
AFC: Jacksonville at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh at New England
NFC: Tampa Bay at Carolina, Atlanta at Chicago

First-round byes:
AFC: Indianapolis, Denver
NFC: N.Y. Giants, Seattle

NFC SEEDING BREAKDOWN

Atlanta, Carolina, and Tampa Bay are all tied at 5-2.

1. Head-to-head/Divisional record - Tampa Bay is 0-0, so this is not applicable.
2. Common games - Among the three teams, their only common opponent is Minnesota, which all three defeated.
3. Conference record - Carolina is 4-1, Atlanta 3-1, and Tampa Bay 3-1. CAROLINA is NFC South leader.
4. Atlanta and Tampa Bay have three common opponents (MIN, BUF, NYJ). Atlanta is 3-0 vs. those three teams while Tampa Bay is 2-1. ATLANTA is #5 seed and TAMPA BAY is #6.

The tie between Seattle, N.Y. Giants, and Carolina for the #1 seed went to strength of victory, as all three teams have 4-1 conference records and not enough common games.

STRENGTH OF VICTORY
Seattle - .459 (17-20)
N.Y. Giants - .473 (18-20)
Carolina - .352 (12-22)

NEW YORK is the #1 seed. Carolian and Seattle have only one common opponent, so their tie is also decided by strength of victory. SEATTLE is #2 seed and CAROLINA is #3 seed.



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Given that the Giants are winless on the road, and how bottlenecked this division is at the top, I'm really starting to wonder how much that 'road' game against New Orleans made a difference. Not to say that they would have been guaranteed a loss, but it makes me wonder how long it will take for the conference to shake itself out.

Is the NFC South that strong, or are they just lucky they all get two games against New Orleans and they play the NFC North? (Conversely, would the NFC North look as weak if they weren't playing the NFC South?) At least the NFC West has Seattle and St. Louis to provide some competition, since SF and Arizona are pretty much gimme's for the NFC East.





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Still trying to figure if it is possible for the NFC North winner to finish under .500. Ok, so this week, if Minnesota beats Detroit, both end up 3 and 5. If Chicago loses, they would be 4 and 4. Well, at least it is possible to move one step closer to my goal....
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    Originally posted by R-Dub
    Still trying to figure if it is possible for the NFC North winner to finish under .500. Ok, so this week, if Minnesota beats Detroit, both end up 3 and 5. If Chicago loses, they would be 4 and 4. Well, at least it is possible to move one step closer to my goal....


It is possible. The Bears and Lions each have six out-of-division games left. If the Bears lose all six, they will have nine losses regardless of how they do in their own division. The Lions have to lose five of six to get to nine losses, while the Vikings need to lose four of their last five and the Packers three of their last five non-division games to get to nine losses.

EDIT: Based on that, I'd say most every division COULD be won still by a sub-.500 team, but there could only be one division that does it because that division would have to be crud against the other seven, and the other seven would pile up wins at that division's expense.

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Yeah theoretically, it's possible for all 4 teams in a division to finish with a 3-13 record. To do that, they'd have to lose every non-division game on their schedule then split all the division games.



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    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    Given that the Giants are winless on the road, and how bottlenecked this division is at the top, I'm really starting to wonder how much that 'road' game against New Orleans made a difference. Not to say that they would have been guaranteed a loss, but it makes me wonder how long it will take for the conference to shake itself out.

    Is the NFC South that strong, or are they just lucky they all get two games against New Orleans and they play the NFC North? (Conversely, would the NFC North look as weak if they weren't playing the NFC South?) At least the NFC West has Seattle and St. Louis to provide some competition, since SF and Arizona are pretty much gimme's for the NFC East.





That is a very interesting point about the Giants. If the NFC East remains this close down to the wire, there might be some finger pointing over the 'road' game come the end of the season.

As for the NFC South, I'd say yes, they're that strong. The Bucs won the Superbowl in 2002, the Panthers lost in 2003, and the Falcons played for the 2004 NFC Championship. Even the Saints are usually a .500 or so team depending on who shows up to play in any particular game. I think they've been the toughest conference in the NFC the past three years, though this revitalized NFC East may give them a run for their money this year.



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