What is the current NFC playoff picture after Week 8?

If the season ended today, which teams would be in the postseason picture. 

Welcome to the midway mark of the 2020 NFL season. Although there’s plenty of football left to play, fans are starting to get a clearer picture of which teams will be vying for a playoff spot and which clubs can wave the white flag of surrender.

In the NFC, teams are duking it out for a chance to win their division or even clinch a spot in late January football. Entering Sunday, eight of the 16 teams were sitting with a .500 record or better. There are still nine weeks remaining in the season, so anything can happen.

Heres what the postseason would look like in the NFC right now

Thanks to a 28-22 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Seattle Seahawks jump back into the No.1 spot over the Green Bay Packers. Russell Wilson continued his dominance against the San Francisco 49ers, throwing for 261 yards and four touchdowns on the way to a 37-27 victory. Green Bay, who now sits at 5-2, would earn the No. 2 spot.

Tampa Bay could surpass the Packers with a victory over the New York Giants Monday night. As the leaders of the NFC South, the defense has made them the talk of the town under the direction of Todd Bowles. Meanwhile, the winner of Sunday’s game between Dallas and Philadelphia would earn the No.4 spot, only because the league has to include a team from the NFC (L)East.

With three wild card spots, could the NFC West have their entire division represented? Right now, no. The New Orleans Saints would grab the No.5 seed while the Arizona Cardinals, who currently are on a bye week, would grab seed No.6. In the final spot, the Chicago Bears would edge out Los Angeles due to sitting at 5-3 while the Rams 28-17 loss to Miami puts them at 5-4.

To recap, the battle goes through the Pacific Northwest while the league MVP gets a bye week. Green Bay would host their NFC North rival, Tampa Tom Brady would play Kyler Murray and the improved Cardinals defense while New Orleans lucks out and get a bye week playing whichever factory of sadness represents the NFC East.