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Arizona Cardinals sit with the seventh seed in 2020 NFL Playoffs

Arizona Cardinals v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Despite a disappointing outcome in their own game this week, the Arizona Cardinals are sitting in a good spot heading into their final six games of 2020.

The team lost a close one on Thursday Night Football despite not playing well, and it could have been even more of an issue if not for some friends like the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.

The Cardinals sitting at 6-4 and the seventh seed pending tonight’s Monday Night Football outcome between the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Yet, win or lose the Rams and Cardinals have two games left against one another and a shot to really control their own destiny.

What the Cardinals can’t control are the teams outside of their division, especially a team like the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings despite starting the season at 1-5 had a shot against the lowly Cowboys to move to 5-5 on the season and one game out of the playoff spot the Cardinals currently hold.

Instead, they gave up 31 points to the Dallas Cowboys and lost dropping to 4-6.

In the same way, the Detroit Lions sitting at 4-5 had a shot to pull within a virtual 12 game of the Cardinals because they own the head-to-head tie-breaker.

They went to Carolina where they were thoroughly trounced by the Panthers 21-0, falling to 4-6 as well, and giving the Cardinals a 1.5 game lead over them.

That means, despite a game in which there was much disappointment over the outcome in Seattle, the Cardinals hold a chance of being the sixth seed after Monday Night Football, but are guaranteed to remain the seventh seed even with a Rams win.

Here is what the NFC Playoff Picture looks like.

  1. New Orleans Saint (8-2)
  2. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
  3. Seattle Seahawks (7-3)
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3)
  6. Los Angeles Rams (6-3)
  7. Arizona Cardinals (6-4)

Outside looking in:

Chicago Bears (5-5)
Minnesota Vikings (4-6)
Detroit Lions (4-6)
San Francisco 49ers (4-6)

The Cardinals have a great shot to extend their lead over the holiday, as they will take on a New England Patriots team that lost two key components in Isaiah Wynn and Rex Burkhead on Sunday, while the Bears play against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving.

It is time to start widening the gap.