2023 NFL Playoff Snapshot: NFC Wild Card Contenders, Remaining Schedule, Standings, Odds

With 16 weeks left in the 2023 NFL season, the playoffs are fast approaching. A lot can still happen between now and the end of the regular season, especially with such a crowded race for the final spots in each conference, but the postseason picture is certainly shaping up.

In the NFC, both the Cowboys and Eagles have clinched playoff spots in the NFC East. But there’s still plenty to play for among the rest of the conference’s wild-card contenders. Here’s how those teams stack up right now:

Division Leaders

Note: * = Playoffs won.

  1. 49ers (11-4)*
  2. eagles (11-4)*
  3. Lions (11-4)*
  4. pirates (8-7)

Eliminated

Wild card ranking

Note: Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

The Eagles and Cowboys are battling it out for the NFC East title. The loser is all but locked into the top spot with a wild card. As for the rest, here’s who is currently in the playoffs and who is fighting for the final two wild card openings:

6. Rams (8-7)

This might be the one wild card team that no one wants to play. Since starting 3-6, Sean McVay’s team has gone 5-1, reaching 30 points in four of its last five. Matthew Stafford throws it with the feathering he had during LA’s title run in 2021. And Kyren Williams gives them a great workhorse on the ground. Their pure offensive plus makes them difficult.

Remaining Games: at Giants, at 49ers | SportsLine Playoff Odds: 68%
Expected finish: 9-8, in the playoffs

7. Seahawks (8-7)

Are they good when it matters most, or are they just lucky to hang on by a thread? Their last four wins have come by a combined 13 points, but both Geno Smith and Drew Lock have bounced back against contenders like the Lions and Eagles this year. Their strikeout approach, with strong arms like Kenneth Walker and DK Metcalf, makes for good spoiler material.

Remaining Games: vs. Steelers, at Cardinals | SportsLine Playoff Odds: 71.1%
Expected finish: 10-7, in the playoffs

Looking from the outside

8. Vikings (7-8)

Sometimes the QB shuffle is too much to overcome. Joshua Dobbs’ magic was short-lived as Kirk Cousins’ fill-in, but Nick Mullens hasn’t been much better in two critical starts since, begging the Lions to steal the ball in Week 16. Brian Flores still gets his “D” to accomplish more in most time, but other injuries at the skill positions also left them offensively challenged.

Remaining Games: vs. Packers, at Lions | SportsLine Playoff Odds: 26.5%
Expected finish: 7-10, out of the playoffs

9. Falcons (7-8)

The Arthur Smith experience: Just when you’re ready to stop this mode, they pull a much-needed win out of their hats. When they rely on their best young players, they are capable of winning with a ball control strategy. Taylor Heinicke is also an upgrade on Desmond Reeder, but is it all too little, too late?

Remaining Games: at the bears, at the saints | SportsLine Playoff Odds: 4%
Expected finish: 7-10, out of the playoffs

10. Packers (7-8)

Their Week 16 win over the Panthers was a microcosm of the 2023 season: Jordan Love threw beauty after beauty as the QB of the present and the future, even without a healthy supporting cast, while Joe Barry’s defense struggled to get off the field. The Hand of Love might sneak them in, but they feel a year away from really getting the whole operation together on one page.

Remaining Games: of the vikings, against the bears | SportsLine Playoff Odds: 27.1%
Expected finish: 9-8, out of the playoffs

11. Saints (7-8)

They may have convinced everyone that paying Derek Carr was an attempt to take control of the NFC South, but the truth is, that’s exactly what they paid for: another wild card race (ie not a full recovery) . Dennis Allen’s “D” can tighten up to keep them tight, but they’ll need their ground game to continue if they intend Carr to actually direct the January push.

Remaining games: of Buccaneers, vs. Falcons | SportsLine Playoff Odds: 17.4%
Expected finish: 9-8, out of the playoffs

12. Bears (6-9)

Don’t tell Justin Fields and Matt Eberflus they won’t stick around beyond 2023. This group has won four of its last six after starting 2-7, and while Fields is a sure bet to lose the ball at least once a game, he also so it’s too dynamic to be completely bogged down by their improvised setup. They might be the most interesting team in the 2024 offseason.

Remaining games: vs. Falcons, at Packers | SportsLine Playoff Odds: <1%
Expected finish: 7-10

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