With six teams fighting over two wild cards, it should take a 6-2 run to get in. That’s a tall order with upcoming games against the Cowboys, Steelers, Ravens, Cardinals (and no pushovers in the Bears and 49ers).Can they turn it around: With a lot of teams crowding for the wild card a few lucky bounces could put a 9-7 team in. This would still require a 5-3 run, requiring at least one upset (to go with winning every favored matchup) As a team that just lost to Tampa, this is not likely. 6-10 or 7-9 seems more likely. Chicago: They were nearing this status after the Cardinals game Tonight’s 49ers match cemented it At 4-5 they need a 7-1 run to snag a wild card berth This is a bleeding team. 8-8 seems a best case scenario, 7-9 more likely. Can they turn it around: I’d give them the longest odds of any team still fighting for a playoff spot. They have a dynamic quarterback but not a lot of other pieces to make a run and a tough schedule.
They still lack an elite arm, which is one of the pieces usually needed for a big run, and at 4-5 they still need a big run to have a shot. Mike Singletary has made strides, but this still looks like a 7-9/8-8 kind of team.Can they turn it around: They don’t play any of the real powerhouse teams, the two toughest matches are against teams that can fail to show up some Sundays (Arizona and Philly). Beyond this they face the Packers, Jaguars, Seahawks, Lions, and Rams. Should they perform like the first four weeks of the season they have a genuine shot at 7-1, the biggest issue is no margin for error with some inconsistent play, especially at the quarterback position. The Packers' game will be a key matchup for both, whichever loses should see their chances pretty much vaporized. Carolina Panthers: A win against Arizona and a well-fought loss to the Saints should be cause for optimism, but with Jake Delhomme still under center and a 3-5 record it is likely a case of too little too late. The match against the Saints could be construed as a moral victory for how well they played them for three quarters, but is still probably one loss too many.
Realistically once they hit 2-4 the playoffs were out of the question.Can they turn it around: They have been playing better as of late, but a lagging start effectively took away all opportunity to jump back in the race. They will likely turn an upset or two, but they still face the Vikings, Saints, Patriots, Giants, Falcons, Jets, and Dolphins. I would be surprised to see 8-8 let alone 6-10. No Point Worrying AnymoreDetroit: Well they have a win, that’s something. hat having been said, they only have one and the optimism after the Washington game that a 5-11/6-10 type record might be possible has rapidly faded. Now Detroit’s mission is to prove they are no longer the league’s worst A beast of a second half schedule will make this tough. The Week 11 matchup with Cleveland is the only one really marked winnable Tampa Bay: They finally have a win. Freeman looked to be a player Tampa can build upon, but that is about all to take away from this first half. 1-15 is a distinct possibility with the most winnable matchup being against the Seahawks. Anything beyond 3-13 would be a considerable shock. Cleveland Browns: Regardless of whether they might eke out a win more than Detroit or Tampa somewhere along the line, they still win the league’s most disappointing award. They do face the Lions, Chiefs, and Raiders, so another win or two is a distinct possibility, but doesn’t mean they still aren’t the NFL’s worst team. Kansas City Chiefs: Coming off a horrible season with a complete team reboot (coach, GM, huge roster turnover).