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NFC Playoff Picture: Week 12

Cardinals, with their bye, are tops in the conference


The Cardinals' 23-13 victory over the Seahawks Sunday left them with the best record in the NFL and into the first-round playoff bye position in the conference. With six games remaining, the question is, can the Cardinals maintain it?

No. 1 Arizona Cardinals (9-2): Even without quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the Cardinals captured another road win Sunday at Seattle. They remain unbeaten in division games this season and now have a much-needed bye before traveling to Chicago next week.

No. 2 Green Bay Packers (8-3): In the battle for the No.1 conference spot, their heartbreaking loss to Minnesota knocked them down in the standings. The Packers still hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cardinals and host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12.

No. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3): Tampa Bay bounced back with a Monday night victory over the Giants following two consecutive losses. Since Tampa Bay owns a head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas, their win leapfrogged them above Dallas in the standings.

No. 4 Dallas Cowboys (7-3): Dallas' No.1 ranked offense in the NFL has looked nonexistent in two of the last three games they have lost. But the Cowboys remain miles ahead of their division rivals and have a relatively easy schedule remaining.

No. 5 Los Angeles Rams (7-3): The Rams had a Week 11 bye following two consecutive losses to Tennessee and San Francisco. Los Angeles has arguably the most difficult schedule remaining in the NFL, which starts Sunday at Green Bay.

No. 6 Minnesota Vikings (5-5): Minnesota's last-second divisional victory over Green Bay Sunday placed them in the thick of the playoff picture. If not for three missed game-winning field goals, the Vikings would be in a much better spot.

No. 7 New Orleans Saints (5-5): New Orleans has lost three consecutive games and only holds this spot over San Francisco, winners of three of its past four, due to the strength of schedule between the teams.

In the Hunt: San Francisco 49ers (5-5), Philadelphia Eagles (5-6), Carolina Panthers (5-6), Washington Football Team (4-6).

What's on the line for the Cardinals in Week 12: The Cardinals are on their bye, trying to heal up before a game in Chicago in Week 13.