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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Now that every team in the NFL has at least eight games under its belt, we can start thinking about the upcoming playoffs - including the chase for first-round byes. Heading into Thursday’s game between Oakland and San Diego, 12 ...

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Now that every team in the NFL has at least eight games under its belt, we can start thinking about the upcoming playoffs - including the chase for first-round byes.

Heading into Thursday’s game between Oakland and San Diego, 12 playoff spots were very much up for grabs with 20 of 32 teams boasting at least a .500 mark - with 14 having fewer than three losses.

It’ll make for an interesting final 50 days of the regular season, which ends on New Year’s Day.

With that in mind, here’s a look at how the conference races for playoff berths are shaping up (current record in parentheses):

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Sure things: Green Bay (8-0), San Francisco (7-1), New York Giants (6-2).

At this point, those three look pretty good - and with good reason because they lead their respective divisions. All three should coast to division titles - the Packers because they’re well ahead of the other teams, and the Giants and 49ers because the rest of their divisions stinks.

Good bets: New Orleans (6-3), Detroit (6-2), Atlanta (5-3), Chicago (5-3).

Either the Saints or Falcons will take a major step forward when they clash Sunday in the Georgia Dome, while the Lions and Bears will duke it out in the NFC North to finish second to the Packers.

Hanging in: Tampa Bay (4-4), Dallas (4-4), Philadelphia (3-5).

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Nothing is ever a sure thing but I'll take New Orleans as a good bet.
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I feel like this is the finally year that "parity," & the post-salary cap NFL reality & the creeping changes to offensive rules really starts to make things into playoff and divisional chaos. I know it's not literally true, but looking around the league it seems like everybody and their mother is sitting at 5-3, except for Green Bay who is looking really really scary good. Everybody else is "any given Sunday."
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I feel like this is the finally year that "parity," & the post-salary cap NFL reality & the creeping changes to offensive rules really starts to make things into playoff and divisional chaos. I know it's not literally true, but looking around the league it seems like everybody and their mother is sitting at 5-3, except for Green Bay who is looking really really scary good. Everybody else is "any given Sunday."
To add insult to injury the Packers didnt even workout during the offseason. The Saints are way better than there record reflects,lets hope they can keep it together down the stretch. That is where the off season conditioning will really show.
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GB is playing well BUT lucky. Their luck will run out at some point (wouldn't it be awesome to see them implode on natonal TV on Thanksgiving day??? )

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