by JJ CooperEvery week we take a look at how the playoff races are shaping up. This week, we're posting the update early because of all the interest, and we'll update the post as the Sunday night and Monday night games change things. You can also check out all of our previous Predicting The Playoffs, where you can notice that the Jets and Broncos had things wrapped up a couple of weeks ago if they could just win.
This was the week when seemingly everyone decided they didn't want to go to the playoffs. For three weeks, the injury-ravaged Broncos could have earned a playoff spot by simply winning one game. But here we are with a week to play and the Broncos still need one win.
In the NFC wild card race, Dallas came into the weekend controlling its own destiny, but they lost. That then put the ball in the Falcons and Bucs' court. Atlanta did come through with a win to clinch a playoff spot, but the Bucs also punted their chance with a loss to the Chargers. That meant that the Eagles could put themselves in the driver's seat with a win over the Redskins (the same team that just lost to the Bengals). Of course Philadelphia lost that game, which means that Dallas is right back where they began the weekend--win next weekend and they are in the playoffs.
Predicting The Playoffs: So Many Playoff Scenarios, So Little Time originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Sun, 21 Dec 2008 21:53:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.