You may not have realized this if you're a fan of a team in the NFC East, but the standings in other divisions are pretty close. Through the first 11 weeks, there are 21 teams either in or within one game of a playoff spot.
That means that many teams will be gearing up to make a playoff push down the stretch, including the Dallas Cowboys, who have their eyes on the division title with a wildcard bye as a possible reward.
To do that, they have to get to 8-3 and help the Giants move further up the draft order in the process.
The Cowboys are one of five NFC teams with a .700 or better winning percentage this season. The other four are Arizona (9-1), Detroit (7-3), Green Bay (7-3), and Philadelphia (7-3). Add whichever team lucks into the top spot in the NFC South and you could be looking at the 2014 NFC playoff teams right there. The 49ers and Seahawks (both 6-3) may disagree with this assessment, but nobody will be any wiser until the Week 12 games are in the books.
Here are our picks for Week 12, 2014.
|Record Week 10
|KC (-7) @ OAK||KC: 97%|
|CLE @ ATL (-3)||CLE: 68%|
|TEN @ PHI (-11.5)||PHI 82%|
|DET @ NE (-7)||NE: 92%|
|GB (-9.5) @ MIN||GB: 98%|
|JAC @ IND (-13.5)||IND: 98%|
|CIN @ HOU (-2)||HOU: 58%|
|NYJ @ BUF (-4.5)||BUF: 87%|
|TB @ CHI (-6)||CHI: 87%|
|ARI @ SEA (-6.5)||SEA: 76%
|STL @ SD (-6)||SD: 71%|
|MIA @ DEN (-7.5)||DEN: 98%
|WAS @ SF (8.5)||SF: 97%|
|DAL (-3.5) @ NYG||
|BAL @ NO (-3.5)||NO: 54%|
Pick 256 is a season-long contest in which BTB members and readers get to pick the straight-up winners for all games each week.
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