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Arizona Cardinals Playoff Chase: Games that matter this weekend in the NFL

While the Arizona Cardinals are the focus, the rest of the NFC needs to help out, here are the games that matter this weekend for the Arizona Cardinals.

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The Arizona Cardinals take on the San Francisco 49ers in an afternoon tilt, which means there are plenty of games in the morning to be excited about, but also many games that have an impact on the Arizona Cardinals playoff hopes.

Here are the games that count for the Arizona Cardinals this weekend with a 1-5 rating on how important the game is to the Arizona Cardinals playoff chances (1 being it matters, but not really, five being, we need to follow along closely).

1- Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Cardinals have a game lead over the Bucs (plus the head-to-head tiebreaker) and the Bears are still technically in it, but this game has more to do with just making sure those pesky Bucs stay away from the Cardinals.

2- Los Angeles Rams at New York Jets

The Rams are one position behind the Arizona Cardinals, even if they look awful. The Arizona Cardinals cannot afford to be in a tie with the Rams, since right now the Rams have the head-to-head advantage.

Let’s go Jets!

3- Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers

The Cardinals are still ahead of the Chiefs, but much like the Rams, the Panthers have the tiebreaker over the Cardinals, if it comes to that. If the Panthers win, they’re one game behind the Cardinals, assuming a Cardinals win, in the loss column still.

Let’s go Chiefs!

4- Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans

Green bay is in front of Arizona right now by a half game, so a loss here and a Cardinals win moves the Cardinals ahead of the Packers in the Wild Card race.

Go Titans!

4- Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints

The Saints have risen to the top of the contenders for an NFC Wild Card spot, and honestly, they are in contention for the NFC South with Atlanta just one game ahead. The Broncos can do the Cardinals a big solid with a win.

Go Broncos!

4- Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants

The Giants hold onto the fifth Wild Card spot right now, and sit 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals, thanks stupid tie. The Cards don’t play the Giants this year, so they need other teams to assist in catching these guys.

Go Bengals!

5- Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles

This game is a whole bucket of messed up for the Arizona Cardinals. They are cheering for the Falcons, I would guess, as the Eagles are in front of the Cardinals in the Wild Card, but the Cardinals get a head-to-head with the Falcons who have shown flaws.

I look at it this way, give me Atlanta now, as an Eagles loss puts Arizona ahead of the Eagles (all of this with the caveat of an Arizona win) and then can even take a game away from the Falcons in two weeks.

Go Falcons!

5- Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins

Another matchup where you are not sure who exactly to cheer for, but the Cardinals get both of these teams so right now, I think getting a Vikings victory would be great. Then the Cardinals get the Vikings and Redskins in head-to-head and then gain more ground.

Go Vikings!

5- Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots

Go Pats!