Re: NFC wild card, I actually like Detroit to win one more likely than SF or CAR, based on their cake schedule. 6 of 8 teams under .500, and they get Baltimore @home, where they can out-trackmeet them. They could conceivably end the season with 12 wins, whereas Carolina has yet to play New Orleans either time and has to go into San Fran. That November 10th game is going to be huge...the winner controls their own destiny in the Wild Card.
Also of note...since Green Bay is only a half-game clear of Detroit, let's look at their schedule:
Nov 04 - CHI
Nov 10 - PHI
Nov 17 - @NYG
Nov 24 - MIN
Nov 28 - @DET
Dec 08 - ATL
Dec 15 - @DAL
Dec 22 - PIT
Dec 29 - @CHI
I love the idea that we have the potential of a meaningful 12:30 Thanksgiving game on the 28th if each team stays healthy and does their jobs.
But either way, barring QB injury, I have a hard time seeing either Detroit or Green Bay missing the playoffs with their remaining schedules.
That leaves San Fran and Carolina dogfighting, which makes every game huge for Carolina.
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