Arizona Cardinals still have shot at a higher playoff seed
By Jim Koch
With two games to play, the National Football Conference’s number-six playoff seed remains a possibility for the Arizona Cardinals
For the past four seasons, the Arizona Cardinals have failed in their attempts to obtain a spot in the NFL’s annual postseason tournament. But with just two games remaining in the 2020 campaign, the Cards are in sole possession of the NFC’s seventh and final playoff seed. There’s a chance, however, that head coach Kliff Kingsbury‘s group could even work their way into the conference’s number-six position over the next couple of weeks.
At the moment, the sixth playoff position is currently occupied by the 9-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates have a legitimate shot of finishing with 11 victories, thanks to extremely-winnable matchups with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons on tap. The most wins Arizona can finish the year with is 10, so surpassing the Buccaneers in the playoff seeding appears to be highly unlikely.
Overtaking the 9-5 Los Angeles Rams, a squad who holds the NFC’s number-five seed at the moment, remains a possibility for the Cardinals. This past Sunday, the Rams lost a contest they had no business losing. Head coach Sean McVay’s team somehow managed to drop a 23-20 decision to the 1-13 New York Jets.
This coming Sunday, Los Angeles will travel to the Pacific Northwest to meet the Seattle Seahawks. The clash between the two clubs could very well decide the NFC West division. In week 17, the Cards and the Rams will take to the field to play a contest that will almost certainly have playoff implications.
Before the meeting with Los Angeles, Arizona will have to tangle with the San Francisco 49ers this coming Saturday. Triumphs in both those matchups, coupled with a Rams defeat to Seattle this weekend, could potentially hand the Cardinals the sixth playoff seed in the National Football Conference. Whatever transpires, the next two weeks promise to be the most excitement that the “Red Sea” has experienced in five years.