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NFC playoff picture: Arizona Cardinals in the mix, 'where we wanted to be'

Arizona as of now is one game out of a wild card berth.

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After the completion of Week 10 game, the Arizona Cardinals, who sit at 5-4, are very much in the thick of things when it comes to the playoff race. If the season ended today, they would be the seventh seed in the NFC, which means they would miss the playoffs, but they are only one game back of the final wild card spot.

The current NFC playoff standings look like this:

  1. Seattle Seahawks, 9-1
  2. New Orleans Saints, 7-2
  3. Detroit Lions, 6-3
  4. Dallas Cowboys, 5-5
  5. Carolina Panthers, 6-3
  6. San Francisco 49ers, 6-3
  7. Arizona Cardinals, 5-4
  8. Chicago Bears, 5-4
  9. Green Bay Packers, 5-4

Arizona is ahead of both Chicago and Green Bay because of their record in the NFC.

The Cardinals are pleased with where they currently sit. "That's where we wanted to be," said head coach Bruce Arians after the team's win over Houston on Sunday. "Coming out of the bye week, we wanted the chance to be in the hunt. I think we're in the hunt, and we will just see how they fall each week."

The players were even more positive. Quarterback Carson Palmer told reporters after the game, "In our minds, we were never out of the playoff hunt, ever," saying that that is the feeling of the whole locker room.

Receiver Andre Roberts echoed that sentiment, saying that he "didn't know" that the team was ever out of the hunt. "It's the middle of the season," he explained. "You never know. We're 5-4. I don't know what anybody else's record is. We're worried about ourselves. When you win games, you go to the playoffs, so we'll try to keep winning the rest of our games."

Upcoming on the Cards' schedule are the Jaguars on the road, the Colts at home (who are without Reggie Wayne), the Eagles on the road, the Rams at home, the Titans on the road (who lost Jake Locker for the rest of the season), the Seahawks on the road and the 49ers at home to close the regular season.

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