Arizona Cardinals playoff scenarios after Week 15
Arizona is one of the best teams in the National Football League. They may not get the same amount of ink as the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, but Arizona remains one of the biggest threats to win Super Bowl 50.
With the win over the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, Arizona sits at 12-2 and has clinched the NFC West for the first time since the days of Ken Whisenhunt and Kurt Warner. The Cardinals can lock up a BYE week with a victory on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, who they play at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Should the Packers win the game, Arizona would be forced to win its Week 17 matchup, also at home, against the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle might be locked into the fifth seed at that point and be resting starters, or it could be playing tough. The Cardinals are hoping to have everything squared away at that point, allowing some veterans to rest.
Arizona can’t get to the top seed in the NFC unless it wins out and the Panthers lose their final two games. Considering Carolina has not lost a game, it would be quite the stretch to expect that. Arizona is in great position, however, to get a BYE for the first time in franchise history.