NFC Playoff Picture: Vikings in Wild Card Hunt with 5 Games Left

7. Arizona Cardinals (6-5)

12/06 LAR (7-4)

12/13 @NYG (4-7)

12/20 PHI (3-7-1)

12/26 SF (5-6)

01/03 @LAR (7-4)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 26-28-1

Opponents’ win percentage: .482

Status: The Cardinals are aiming for their first winning season and first playoff berth since 2015, when Arizona went 13-3 and reached the NFC title game. Arizona has a handful of young players, including quarterback Kyler Murray, who want to prove they belong down the stretch.

8. Minnesota Vikings (5-6)

12/06 JAX (1-10)

12/13 @TB (7-5)

12/20 CHI (5-6)

12/25 @NO (9-2)

01/03 @DET (4-7)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 26-30

Opponents’ win percentage: .464

Status: Minnesota’s roller-coaster season — seven of 11 games have been decided by eight or fewer points — continues Sunday at home against Jacksonville. The Vikings need to win and keep pace in the competitive NFC, especially with a pair of tough NFC South road games looming.

9. Chicago Bears (5-6)

12/06 DET (4-7)

12/13 HOU (4-7)

12/20 @MIN (5-6)

12/27 @JAX (1-10)

01/03 GB (8-3)

Remaining foes’ combined records: 22-33

Opponents’ win percentage: .400

Status: Chicago’s season has spiraled downward with five straight losses after a 5-1 start. The Bears have averaged just 17.6 points per game in that span as they have fallen out of a playoff spot.

10. San Francisco 49ers (5-6)

12/07 BUF (8-3) – in Arizona.

12/13 WASH (4-7) – in Arizona.

12/20 @DAL (3-8)

12/26 @AZ (5-6)

01/03 SEA (8-3)

Remaining foes’…

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