The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: NFC Edition

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    The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: NFC Edition

    Post by lilgame on October 25th 2011, 7:12 am

    XML 7 Playoff Picture: NFC Edition


    Every season, teams battle for six chances in each conference to get to one goal...a shot at reaching the XML Bowl. Six XML Champions have been crowned, and a seventh is only weeks away from being the next. With the season winding down, its time to break down the playoff picture and show what each team can do to clinch a playoff spot, and a chance at getting to the 7th XML Bowl. This thread will cover the NFC side of the XML. Click the link at the bottom to see the AFC Playoff Picture.

    x - Clinched playoff
    y - Clinched Wild Card
    z - Clinched Division
    * - Clinched Division and Homefield Advantage


    NFC Division Leaders (W-L-T, Conference Record, Division Record)
    1.) Carolina Panthers (9-3, 7-2, 2-1)
    2.) Green Bay Packers (9-3, 8-2, 3-1)
    3.) Philadelphia Eagles (8-4, 6-4, 2-2)
    4.) St. Louis Rams (6-6, 5-5, 3-1)

    NFC Wild Card Leaders
    5.) Dallas Cowboys (8-4, 6-2, 2-1)
    6.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5, 7-2, 3-1)

    NFC Teams "In The Hunt"
    7.) Minnesota Vikings (7-5, 4-4, 2-2)
    8.) New Orleans Saints (6-6, 5-4, 1-3)
    9.) Arizona Cardinals (6-6, 5-5, 3-1)
    10.) Atlanta Falcons (5-7, 4-5, 1-2)
    11.) Chicago Bears (5-7, 3-6, 2-2)
    12.) New York Giants (4-8, 3-6, 2-1)
    13.) San Francisco 49ers (4-8, 3-6, 0-3)
    14.) Seattle Seahawks (3-9, 3-5, 1-2)

    Unlike the AFC, the NFC race is much tighter, and less top heavy. It all starts with the Carolina Panthers, who sit over top of the Packers by virtue of their head to head victory back in week 2. If I told you a team starting a rookie QB won 7 of their first 8 games, you would probably think I was joking. But in all seriousness, Cam Newton has led the Panthers on a great run toward making the playoffs this season. Their three losses have come within their last six games, and they have a tough schedule to finish the season, facing all three of their division rivals, and the 9-3 Houston Texans. If Cam Newton wants to get Carolina into the playoffs, he has 4 big time challenges ahead of him, including a rematch with a Bucs team that just defeated him in Week 13.

    The Green Bay Packers have been enjoying a lot of success this season, winning week after week after week. But seven of their nine wins have come against opponents who have a .500 record or worse. Their three losses? All opponents with a record well over .500. Their remaining four opponents each have records below .500, so many may argue that the Packers had it easy, but in the XML, no one gets it easy. But do expect the Packers to walk away with the black and blue division.

    The Philadelphia Eagles are a team that has offensively been clicking like no other team has in the NFC. Mike Vick is playing spectacular football. And the defense is no slouch. They've also benefitted from racking up wins on teams with losing records. But they showed that they can play with the big boys when they handed the undefeated Patriots their first loss of the season back in Week 12. They'll be tested again in Week 14 against the 8-4 Miami Dolphins, and again in Week 16 when they go to Dallas in a possible fight for the division crown.

    The St. Louis Rams are leading in a division where it looks like 7 or 8 wins could take the crown. Sitting at 6-6, they hold the tie breaker over the Cardinals. But with matchups coming against the Seahawks, Bengals, Steelers, and Niners, they'll have to get their game faces on and take some wins from these opponents to make sure they lock the division down so they can host a home playoff game. It's unlikely a wild card would come from the NFC West.

    The Cowboys started the season hot, but also dealt with ownership issues through mid-season. But now with a steady owner, the Cowboys are looking to fight with Philly for the NFC East. They'll have two meetings with the Giants (weeks 14 and 17) as well as a meeting with the Bucs. But their Week 16 matchup with the Eagles could be their most important game of the season if they want a shot at winning the NFC East.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the other wild-card spot by virtue of their head to head win over the Vikings back in Week 2. It's been an up and down season for the Bucs, with injuries and inconsistencies holding them back just when they start to roll. They'll need LeGarette Blount and Josh Freeman to pick things up as it doesn't get any easier from here. They'll have matchups with the Jags, Cowboys, and Falcons. But the biggest will be their rematch with the division leading Panthers, which could play a big role in whether or not they can get a home playoff game, or if they'll have to fight for a wild card.

    The Minnesota Vikings, led by Christian Ponder, have been bumpy through the season. After starting 3-1, they dropped 3 straight, but then picked a few wins back up, before suffering a meltdown at the hand of the Broncos. Their remaining schedule sees them playing all teams under .500, but if they don't erase the memory of their meltdown against the Broncos, they could be severely held back in the wild card race. If they can get wins over their lesser opponents, they may be able to scare the Packers in the division race. But as mentioned before, the Packers have a very light schedule remaining.

    The Cardinals are another team that is now suffering from ownership issues. But they are only a half game out from the division, and one and a half games outside of a wild card spot. They only face one team with a winning record in their last four games. So if ownership issues don't persist, they'll have a chance to compete with the Rams for the West.

    The Falcons, Bears, and Giants each have outside chances in the division and wild card races, but wins by the Panthers, Packers and Eagles in Week 14 should eliminate each of them from contention.

    The Niners and Seahawks only have a shot at the division title with four games left. The Seahawks would be eliminated with a Rams or Cardinals win in Week 14.

    The Redskins and Lions have both been eliminated from playoff contention in 2011.



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    Once again, you are the man.
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    awesome job man

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    Good shit lilgame!

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    Post by Shadez on October 26th 2011, 2:59 am

    We like the underdog role. Thanks for the bulletin board material.
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    Post by lilgame on October 26th 2011, 2:13 pm

    Shadez wrote:We like the underdog role. Thanks for the bulletin board material.

    Wow, I feel terrible, I forgot to mention you in the breakdown. I'm sorry, I didn't do that on purpose. It was late when I typed this up so I mustve accidently overlooked the saint
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    Re: The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: NFC Edition

    Post by lilgame on October 28th 2011, 8:04 pm

    XML 7 Playoff Picture: NFC Edition


    WEEK 15 UPDATE

    x - Clinched playoff
    y - Clinched Wild Card
    z - Clinched Division
    * - Clinched Division and Homefield Advantage


    NFC Division Leaders (W-L-T, Conference Record, Division Record)
    1.) Carolina Panthers (10-3, 8-2, 3-1)
    2.) Green Bay Packers (10-3, 8-2, 3-1)
    3.) Dallas Cowboys (9-4, 7-2, 3-1)
    4.) St. Louis Rams (6-7, 5-6, 3-2)

    NFC Wild Card Leaders
    5.) Philadelphia Eagles (8-4-1, 6-4, 2-2)
    6.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-6, 7-2, 3-1)

    NFC Teams "In The Hunt"
    7.) Minnesota Vikings (7-6, 4-5, 2-3)
    8.) New Orleans Saints (6-7, 5-4, 1-3)
    9.) Arizona Cardinals (6-7, 5-6, 3-2)
    T-10.) Atlanta Falcons (5-8, 4-6, 1-3)
    T-10.) San Francisco 49ers (5-8, 4-6, 1-3)
    12.) Chicago Bears (5-8, 3-6, 2-2)
    13.) Seattle Seahawks (4-9, 4-5, 2-2)
    14.) New York Giants (4-9, 3-7, 2-2)

    Amazingly enough, many teams in the bottom of the wild card race had big time opportunities to close some ground, but none of them did so. The only teams to help their stock were the Panthers, Packers, Cowboys, and Niners.

    The Panthers did their part to continue to spread their lead in the NFC South. With a win over the Texans or a Buccaneers loss in Week 15, they will officially clinch the division and be crowned 2011 NFC South Champions. If the Bucs win, and the Panthers fall to the Texans, Week 16 could be a hotly contested game in a fight for the division between the two teams. Otherwise, they'll jostle back and forth with the Packers and Cowboys for the number 1 seed.

    The Packers are in the same position as the Panthers, where they just need a week 15 win, or a loss by the Vikings in order to be crowned 2011 NFC North Champions. That week 15 win will need to come against a 3-10 Kansas City Chiefs team. As mentioned before, the remainder of their schedule is rather light, so it shouldn't be a problem clinching in Week 16 or 17 if they can't get the job done in Week 15.

    The Dallas Cowboys surprised this week with a win over the Giants that helped them overtake the lead in the NFC East, thanks to the Eagles falling in a tie game. Now with the Eagles down, the Cowboys need to take advantage. But it wont be easy as they visit the Buccaneers in Week 15. Either way though, it sets up what will surely be the NFC game of the week in week 16 when the Cowboys host the Eagles in a matchup with sure-fire division implications.

    The Rams drop yet another opportunity to take a grasp of the weak NFC West. But they continue to hold the slight lead thanks to tie-breakers. But how much longer can they hold on to the division with the Cardinals and Niners creeping behind? They'll have to handle their business against the Bengals in week 15, but boy oh boy does that week 17 match-up against the 49ers look juicier as the weeks pass by.

    The Eagles are probably emotionally drained after their tie game with the Miami Dolphins, especially knowing that it caused them to give up the division lead to the Cowboys. They now will look to rebound off of a struggling Jets team in order to catch up to the Boys'. But if the Jets can catch the Eagles looking too far ahead to their week 16 matchup with the Cowboys, we could see an upset here in Week 15.

    The Buccaneers blew a big chance to keep some ground on the Panthers in the NFC South race. Now they face a division leading Cowboys team who needs a win just as bad as they do. This matchup will clearly prove which team is hungrier. The Bucs need the win to not only keep up in the division, but to make sure they spread their lead on a wild card spot in case the division crown becomes unreachable. A win by the Bucs will set up a what could be a really good game next week against the Panthers.

    The Vikes slipped up on a chance to keep up in the division race. Now with the Packers light schedule, the division title seems out of reach. But the wild card is nearly in their grasp as the Bucs and Eagles have tough week 15 matchups. The Vikings need to take care of their part with their rather light schedule to finish the season.

    The Saints are done in the division race, but not yet dead for a wild card spot. But they'll have to fight to earn it as they need a win in the Metrodome against the Vikings this week to pull them back to .500...from there, they have a Monday nighter against the Falcons, and a rematch with the Panthers to finish up the season. If they can win out, a wild card spot is highly possible.

    The Cardinals are in the thick of both the wild card race, and the race for the NFC West. But a discouraging blow out loss to the Niners could impact how they finish the season. Hopefully they can bounce back and bring their all into their upcoming games against the Browns, Bengals, and Seahawks. If they can get some wins, the NFC West race could come down to the wire.

    The 49ers started their season off bad, then hit a big time win streak that had everyone thinking they were gonna completely turn it around. Then they went on another losing streak. But hopefully after their big time blow out victory over the Cardinals, they've got the confidence to go and win some more games. If they can get past the Steelers in Week 15, they'll get a shot at revenge against the Seahawks, and then hopefully set up a week 17 finale against the Rams that could very well determine the division.

    The Falcons, Bears, and Giants are all out of their division races, but still mathematically alive in the wild card chase.

    The Seahawks are still alive in their division race, but it would require them to win out the remainder of the season, and get some help from other teams. They face the Bears this week, followed by divisional matches with the Niners and Cardinals.

    The Redskins and Lions have both been eliminated from playoff contention in 2011.

    Games to Watch in Week 15
    Dallas Cowboys (9-4) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-6)
    Carolina Panthers (10-3) @ Houston Texans (9-4)
    Green Bay Packers (10-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (3-10)
    Cincinnati Bengals (9-3-1) @ St. Louis Rams (6-7)
    New Orleans Saints (6-7) @ Minnesota Vikings (7-6)
    New York Jets (4-9) @ Philadelphia Eagles (8-4-1)
    Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) @ San Francisco 49ers (5-8)

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    Re: The 2011-12 XML 7 Playoff Picture: NFC Edition

    Post by lilgame on November 3rd 2011, 8:39 pm

    XML 7 Playoff Picture: NFC Edition


    WEEK 17 UPDATE

    x - Clinched playoff
    y - Clinched Wild Card
    z - Clinched Division
    * - Clinched Division and Homefield Advantage


    NFC Division Leaders (W-L-T, Conference Record, Division Record)
    1.) (z*)Green Bay Packers (12-3, 9-2, 4-1)
    2.) (z)Philadelphia Eagles (10-4-1, 7-4, 3-2)
    3.) (x)Carolina Panthers (10-5, 8-3, 3-5)
    4.) Arizona Cardinals (8-7, 5-6, 3-2)

    NFC Wild Card Leaders
    5.) (x)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6, 9-2, 4-1)
    6.) (x)Dallas Cowboys (9-6, 7-4, 3-2)

    NFC Teams "In The Hunt"
    7.) St. Louis Rams (8-8, 6-6, 4-2)

    The Packers sit high up top the totem pole, as they officially clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. With that, the road to the 7th XML Bowl in the NFC goes through a January Lambeau Field. It should be interesting to see how well the Packers perform in the playoffs. Through the 7 XML seasons, Packers GM and XML Commish DK hasn't scored very many playoff berths. His first big decision? Whether or not to bench his starters in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions

    The Eagles have clinched their division over the Cowboys. With a win or a Panthers loss, they can also clinch the number 2 seed, giving them a first round bye and an opportunity to get healthy. They play host to a Redskins team that has made ownership changes for the third time this season.

    The Panthers really are smacking themselves for getting into this mess. With their loss to the Bucs last week, they suffered a season sweep at the hands of the youngsters of Tampa Bay. They now go into the SuperDome against a Saints team thats looking to salvage their season and reach the .500 mark. If the Panthers lose, and the Bucs win their game against the Falcons, the Bucs will win the division via the season sweep. The Panthers will fall to a wild card spot and lose their chance to host a playoff game in Carolina. If the Panthers win, they'll clinch the division and have a shot at clinching the number 2 seed if the Eagles lose to the Redskins.

    The Cardinals roared back in the last few weeks to take a lead on the division. They can clinch the NFC West with a win this week over the Seahawks. With a loss, they'll drop out of the playoffs and the Rams will win the NFC West, and host a playoff game against the number 5 seeded team.

    The Buccaneers got a huge win in Carolina last week, and now have completed a season sweep over the Panthers. Now they have a chance to take the division with a win over the Falcons, and a Panthers loss to the Saints. If the Panthers win, and the Bucs win, they'll lock the 5th seed in the wild card, facing them against the winner of the NFC West. If they lose and the Cowboys win, they'll fall to the 6th seed putting them against either the Panthers or Eagles in the wild card round. But either way, the young team has to be pleased with getting a playoff berth.

    The Cowboys shot themselves in the foot by suffering several losses the last few weeks. They took themselves out of the division race, but have still locked a playoff berth. But they have a chance to jostle for position with the Buccaneers. If they beat the Giants this week, and the Panthers lose, they can take the 5th seed and face an NFC West opponent.

    The Rams aren't quite dead yet. They defeated their rival 49ers this week to lock their record at 8-8. With a Cardinals loss to this Seahawks, the Rams will steal the division and be crowned NFC West Champions, leaving them to face either the Cowboys, Panthers, or Buccaneers in the wild card round. If the Cardinals defeat the Seahawks though, they'll have to comeback and try again next season.

    The Redskins, Giants, Lions, Bears, Vikings, Saints, Falcons, Seahawks, and 49ers have both been eliminated from playoff contention in 2011.


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