Sporting Alert – The 2015 NFL Standings and the NFL Playoff Picture on Monday, December 7, 2015, following the games that were played already in Week 13 on Sunday (6).
It was a good week for Cam Newton and Carolina Panthers (12-0) who clinched the NFC South Division after beating the New Orleans Saints in a battle Sunday night.
The Panthers sit atop of the National Football Conference (NFC) with an 8-0 record, while sitting at 3-0 in the NFC South.
Newton guided Carolina to a hard fought 41-38 victory over the Saints and the final outcome proves that this club indeed is a contender for the Super Bowl this season — whether we want to believe it our not.
At the moment, the Panthers are looking good for the No. 1 seed in the NFC and home field advantage through the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals (10-2) continue to lead the NFC West and finished Week 13 still holding their streak which moves them closer to wrapping up the division, although the Seattle Seahawks are beginning to gain momentum.
And don’t forget Seattle is the reigning two-time NFC West champion.
At the same time, though, the Cardinals dominated the St. Louis Rams 27-3 on Sunday to push their winning streak to six straight games with the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia, Green Bay Packers and Seattle left to come in the regular season fixtures.
Also sitting well in the playoff picture in the NFC are Packers (8-4), Washington Redskins (5-6), Vikings (8-4) and the Seahawks (7-5).
Hot on the watch list at the moment are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6), the Atlanta Falcons (6-6) and the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants who are all on 5-7 records.
Despite losing back-to-back games on Sunday, the New England Patriots (10-2) still control things in the American Football Conference (AFC), with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos also hunting that No. 1 playoff seed in the conference.
The Patriots were handed a 35-28 defeat by the Eagles in Week 13, its second defeats in successive weeks, but remain atop of the AFC East, with the New York Jets (7-5) also looking strong.
Kansas City Chiefs posted their sixth successive victory on Sunday to improve to 7-5 and sit fifth in the AFC playoff picture.
A LOOK AT THE 2015 NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE
(AT The Moment)
AFC Playoff Picture
1. Bengals (10-2)
2. Broncos (10-2)
3. Patriots (10-2)
4. Colts (6-6)
5. Chiefs (7-5)
6. Jets (7-5)
NFC Playoff Picture
1. Panthers (12-0 – clinched)
2. Cardinals (10-2)
3. Packers (8-4)
4. Redskins (5-6)
5. Vikings (8-4)
6. Seahawks (7-5)