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Arizona Cardinals: Current Playoff Picture, How They Get In and Overall Prediction

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

This is it, Arizona Cardinals fans. Every win, every loss, every beer drank, every bag of chips devoured and every dreadlock lost comes down to this. It’s week 16 and the Cardinals’ playoff hopes are not only in their own hands, but the hands of a couple of divisional rivals.

Current standings:

Arizona (9-5) is sitting in the 7th seed in the NFC right now, just behind both the Carolina Panthers (5th, 10-4) and San Francisco 49ers (6th, 10-4).

How they get in:

The Cardinals need to win both of their remaining games to stand a chance, which are against both the Seattle Seahawks — this weekend — and the 49ers — next weekend. At 11-5, they could sneak into the final seed if a few things happen.

First, the 49ers must lose their two remaining games against Arizona and the Atlanta Falcons. If San Francisco can’t help out, then the next scenario involves the Panthers losing out against the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta. Either scenario would put Carolina or San Francisco at 10-6 and, assuming Arizona wins out, they would be in.

Prediction:

For Arizona to beat the Seahawks, it’s going to mean winning on the road in the most hostile environment in all of football at CenturyLink Field. The only way I see this happening is if New Orleans loses their early game against the Panthers and Seattle decides to rest its starters. That would be a long shot, however, because Carolina is then still a threat to Seattle for the number one seed.

I can’t seem to look past this weekend for the Cardinals. My gut tells me that Arizona’s playoff hopes end here against the Seahawks. It’s been a wonderful season for the Cardinals — much, much better than a year ago. Yet, again, they will miss out on the postseason.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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