With the Vikings playing in Chicago tonight, here is where the Cards set up in terms of playoff seeding. As of right now, the Cards are the No. 4 seed (and remember, the higher seed hosts each playoff matchup):
– To reach the No. 2 seed (and get a first-round bye), the Cardinals need 1) the Vikings to lose to the Bears and again to the Giants next week in Minnesota; 2) to beat the Packers next week; and 3) the Cowboys to beat the Eagles in Dallas.
– The Packers can’t rise above the No. 5 seed because the Vikings have already clinched the division. They would hold the tiebreak over Dallas and Philadelphia in the event of a tie, although the Packers could lose to the Cards and fall to No. 6 if the Cowboys beat Philly.
– If the Vikings officially eliminate the Cards’ bye chances by winning tonight, the Cards can end up as the No. 3 seed if they beat the Packers and the Cowboys beat the Eagles. The Cards would hold the tiebreak over Dallas based on win-loss percentage against common opponents.
– The Cards, unless they get that No. 2 seed, will have to travel for the second round of the playoffs. Given the above scenarios, it seems a lock the Cards will host the Packers in the first round because if the Packers beat the Cards, the Packers lock up No. 5 and the Cards are stuck at No. 4 regardless. And if the Cards reach No. 3, they will have beaten the Packers and Dallas would have beaten Philly, meaning the Packers would fall behind the Eagles as the No. 6 seed and travel to No. 3 Arizona.
UPDATE: Maybe I was just assuming (and that’s never a good thing) the Vikings would win tonight, but here is one No. 3 seed/playing the Cowboys-instead-of-the-Pack reality: If the Vikings lose both games and the Eagles beat the Cowboys, the Saints would be No. 1, the Eagles No. 2, the Cards and Vikings would tie and the Cards would be No. 3 because they beat Minnesota head-to-head. The Packers would be No. 5, the Cowboys No. 6, and Dallas would visit Glendale in the first round.
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