the nfc race Goodbye, Bears. They fell off our race chart with a loss to Washington on Thursday night. Here's the updated NFC situation, with each team's opponent in this critical week:
DIVISION LEADERS Week 14
Dallas (East) 11-1 at Detroit (6-6) Green Bay (North) 10-2 vs. Oakland (4-8) Seattle (West) 8-4 vs. Arizona (6-6) Tampa Bay (South) 8-4 at Houston (5-7)
CONTENDERS Week 14
N.Y. Giants (E) 8-4 at Philadelphia (5-7) Arizona (W) 6-6 at Seattle (6-6) Detroit (N) 6-6 vs. Dallas (11-1) Vikings (N) 6-6 at San Francisco (3-9) Washington (E) 6-7 beat Chicago 24-16 Carolina (S) 5-7 at Jacksonville (8-4) New Orleans (S) 5-7 at Atlanta (3-9), MNF Philadelphia (E) 5-7 vs. N.Y. Giants (8-4)
IF YOU'RE A VIKINGS FAN ...
Here's one way to look at it: You're rooting for the Cowboys, Seahawks and Giants today. If Dallas beats Detroit and Seattle defeats Arizona, the Lions and Cardinals are in trouble. Philadelphia virtually would be eliminated with a loss to the Giants. And Carolina and New Orleans are both on the road and can't afford to lose, so root for the Jags and Falcons. If all that happens, the Vikings would be the lone seven-victory team and control its fate.