Just nice to be able to realistically post one of these...
First of all, our main focus is simple... The NFC East. 9-7 could very well win it again. The key game of course is our Monday Nighter with the Giants... If that goes our way then the division is likely to be a tight race down the last quarter of the season.
In the race for the division, rooting interests are simple... Root against the Giants and Cowboys (shouldn't be too hard ).
But I am not looking just at the division... That last wild card spot in the NFC is also wide open and I beleive 9-7 could also be good enough there.
The teams vying for that spot are the Saints, Bucs, Vikings, and Seahawks. There are other teams still technically alive, but the teams I listed are the ones I beleive are a treat to go 9-7 or better. We have a huge advantage in that we already hold the tie breaker with the Saints, Vikes, and Bucs.
There are two glaringly obvious ones here:
1. Falcons over Giants
2. Packers over Bears
Either of those go our way and we officially control our own destiny. And if either of those go our way, it also gives us a little breathing room if we happen to lose on Sunday... The Giants could very well lose again next week at Baltimore and the Bears would be in full free fall mode and could lose either at Arizona or at Detroit. By far and away, as a fan, those are the two games you should be watching most closely.
3. Bills over Seahawks
4. Steelers over Cowboys
It would be nice for Seattle to drop this one, but we really need them to lose one of their last two against NFC teams. Similar situation for Cowboys... Losing to Pittsburgh only matters to us if they then also lose to New Orleans.
5. Patriots over 49ers
Catching the Niners is a longshot considering they need to lose out and end at home with Arizona, but might as well root against them just in case.
6. Rams/Vikings... That could go either way. I'd say root for the Rams because they would need to win out to pass us (and we'd have to lose again) but I really don't view either team as a threat.
7. Bucs/Saints is irrelevant to us.... Only ways Bucs pass us is if they win out and we go 8-8 and we all know we are out of it anyway if we go 8-8.
8. Depending on your perspective, maybe keep an eye on Broncos/Ravens. If Denver wins, Baltimore will be desperate when they play the Giants next week. I guess you could also argue they'd be collapsing and maybe not in a good frame to play the Giants. Either way, it probably bears watching a little bit.
The main focus is by far and away the Falcons and Packers.