The New Orleans Saints won and the Green Bay Packers lost on Sunday, meaning that for now the Seattle Seahawks hold the number two seed because they’ve played one more game than the LA Rams. Should the Rams beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football, they won’t only get a head-to-head win and put themselves over the Bucs, they’ll take the Seahawks place in the number two position.
Then the Rams will be one game behind the Saints for the all-important one-seed in the NFC. This season, only one team per conference gets a bye week.
If Los Angeles ends up losing to the Bucs, they will remain in the six seed, tied in record with the 6-4 Arizona Cardinals. The next closest competitors for an NFC wild card berth are the 5-5 Chicago Bears, followed by the 4-6 Minnesota Vikings, 4-6 Detroit Lions and 4-6 San Francisco 49ers.
Monday night’s game is the fifth and final time this season that the Rams have had to travel to the east coast. With a win, it makes it all that much more likely that they’ll be able to host at least one playoff game. Tampa Bay’s next game after this is at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, so the Bucs have another difficult game on the horizon. Seattle’s next game is at Philadelphia against the Eagles on Monday night. The Saints go to Denver for the first of three straight road games; New Orleans started Taysom Hill at quarterback for the first time on Sunday. The Packers host the Bears in Week 12.
Finally, the NFC East is currently being led by the 3-6-1 Eagles, who have that thin of a margin against the 3-7 Cowboys, 3-7 Football Team and 3-7 Giants. Whoever wins that division will be getting the four seed.