By Samihan Dani
Atlanta is at the top of the division at a 5-8 record has a tough schedule with the Saints, Panthers, and Steelers ahead. The Saints, who are also at 5-8, have a relatively easier schedule, playing the Bears, Falcons, and Buccaneers. The Panthers are playing the Buccaneers, Browns, and the Falcons. Carolina’s starting quarterback Cam Newton is out for the next game and it is uncertain when he comes back. ESPN projects the Saints to win the division.
The Packers are hot and have won 5 games in a row after a slow start at the beginning of the season. They lead the division with a 10-3 record and are playing the Bills, Buccaneers, and the Lions. The Lions are also doing well this season with a 9-4 record. Their remaining games are against the Vikings, Bears, and Lions. They will be contending for a wild card spot against the Eagles, Cowboys, and the Seahawks.
The Cardinals have surprised everyone leading the NFC West with a 11-3 record. They have to play the Seahawks and 49ers. The Seahawks are looking for a wild card spot fighting against the Lions and the Eagles or Cowboys. Their remaining games are against the 49ers, Cardinals, and Rams. The 49ers have a very slim chance of making it to the playoffs and Rams have been eliminated despite their impressive victories against the Seahawks, 49ers, and Broncos.
The NFC East has been a season long battle between the 9-4 Cowboys and the 9-4 Eagles; either can win the division. The Cowboys are playing the Eagles, Colts, and Redskins. The Eagles have an easier schedule playing the Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants.