Atlanta Falcons: NFC Power Rankings, Week 15

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31. . . Previous: . New York Giants. 8. team

The New York Giants are one of three teams in the NFC East that boast a 6-7 record atop the division. New York, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Washington Redskins can all win the NFC East with a sub-.500 record and host the Seattle Seahawks in a Wild Card beatdown at home.

Is their only late season Tom Coughlin magic to orchestrate one last improbable Super Bowl run for the New York Giants. Though they still have Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning, even with wide receiver superstar Odell Beckham, Jr., this team is the most inconsistent team of the three in contention in the NFC East. Having a great shot to win the NFC East and an outside chance at a Wild Card spot has the G-Men eighth this week.

Previous: . Philadelphia Eagles. 7. team. 54. .

The Philadelphia Eagles have won two in a row since getting destroyed in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. This team beat two AFC East teams in the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in consecutive weeks to stay alive in the tight NFC East race.

Philadelphia has been by far the most aggravating team to gauge in the NFC hierarchy this season. They’ve been in the NFC East driver’s seat and they have been in 15th place before. The Eagles could win the NFC East but their erratic nature in 2015 makes it hard for me to believe they can get a lead in the division and keep it. They would have to win it on the final play of Week 17 to get in, in my opinion. which could very well happen.

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Previous: . Minnesota Vikings. 6. team. 60. .

The Minnesota Vikings have lost two straight and have quietly become the sure-fired sixth seed in the NFC. They could catch Green Bay in the division, but have already lost their tiebreaker with Seattle for Wild Card supremacy.

Minnesota needs likely one more win in their next three games to secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2012. For the entire 2015 NFL season, the Vikings have been around a Top 6 team in the NFC and will likely get a third crack at division rival Green Bay in the Wild Card round at the Frozen Tundra in January as the last team to make the NFC Playoffs.

. Previous: . Seattle Seahawks. 5. team. 36.

Nobody wants to play Seattle as the season draws to a close. This team has dealt with a great amount of adversity this season, from an awful start to many of its playmakers succumbing to injuries. The defense has rounded into form, but it has been the improved play of quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin that make Seattle the most dangerous Wild Card in the NFL.

Though Seattle won’t host a playoff game in 2015, they should easily beat the NFC East winner on the road as the favorite in the 4/5 matchup. Keep in mind that the last team to beat the Carolina Panthers was Seattle last season in the Divisional Round. That could happen again when these two NFC juggernauts probably face off in Charlotte this postseason.

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