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