UPDATED: DECEMBER 1 at 7:35 a.m.

Despite a 27-24 home loss to Kansas City, the 2020 NFC playoff picture didn’t change for Tampa Bay, which still has the No. 6 seed as the second wild card after Week 12. The reason? The 7-5 Buccaneers lost on Sunday, but so did the 7-4 Los Angeles Rams, which have the No. 5 seed, in addition to the 6-5 Cardinals.

The Rams fell to the No. 5 seed with their loss, while the Seahawks beat the Eagles on Monday Night Football to move up to the No. 2 playoff seed as the NFC West leader at 8-3. Seattle and Green Bay are both 8-3 with 6-2 records in the NFC, but the Seahawks currently have the strength of schedule tiebreaker.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski – Photo by: USA Today

The 4-7 Giants also knocked 4-7 Washington out of the playoffs for the time being and assumed the lead of the NFC East division.

If the playoffs started today, the No. 6 Bucs would travel to Green Bay for the first round of the playoffs against the No. 3 Packers in a rematch from earlier this year when the Bucs won 38-10 in Tampa Bay. In the new seven-team playoff format in 2020, only the No. 1 seed – in this case 9-2 New Orleans – would get a bye week.

Here is a current look at the NFC playoff picture entering Week 13.

CURRENT NFC PLAYOFF TEAMS

1. Saints (NFC South leader) – 9-2 overall / 4-0 division / 7-1 conference

Remaining games: at Falcons (4-7), at Eagles (3-7-1), vs. Chiefs (10-1), vs. Vikings (5-6), at Panthers (4-8)

2. Seahawks (NFC West leader) 8-3 overall / 2-2 division / 6-2 conference
Remaining games:
vs. Giants (4-7), vs. Jets (0-11), at Washington (4-7), vs. Rams (7-4), at 49ers (5-6)

3. Packers (NFC North leader) – 8-3 overall / 3-1 division / 6-2 conference
Remaining games: vs. Eagles (3-7-1), at Lions (4-7), vs. Panthers (4-7), vs. Titans (8-3), at Bears (5-6)

4. NY Giants (NFC East leader) 4-7 overall / 3-2 division / 3-6 conference
Remaining games:
at Seahawks (8-3), vs. Cardinals (6-5), vs. Browns (8-3), at Ravens (6-4), vs. Cowboys (3-8)

5. Rams (First wild card) 7-4 overall / 1-2 division / 7-2 conference
Remaining games:
at Cardinals (6-5), vs. Patriots (5-6), vs. Jets (0-11), at Seahawks (8-3), vs. Cardinals (6-5)

6. Buccaneers (Second wild card) – 7-5 overall / 2-2 division / 4-4 conference

Remaining games: vs. Vikings (4-6), at Falcons (4-7), at Lions (4-7), vs. Falcons (4-7)

7. Cardinals (Third wild card) – 6-5 overall / 2-1 division / 4-3 conference

Remaining games: vs. Rams (7-4), at Giants (4-7), vs. Eagles (3-7-1), vs. 49ers (5-6), at Rams (7-4)

IN CONTENTION

8. Vikings – 5-6 overall / 3-1 division / 4-4 conference
Remaining games:
vs. Jaguars (1-10), at Bucs (7-5), vs. Bears (5-6), at Saints (9-2), vs. Lions (4-7)

9. Bears – 5-6 overall / 1-2 division / 5-4 conference
Remaining games: vs. Lions (4-7), vs. Texans (4-7), at Vikings (5-6), at Jaguars (1-10), vs. Packers (8-3)

10. 49ers – 5-6 overall / 2-2 division / 3-5 conference

Remaining games: vs. Bills (8-3), vs. Washington (4-7), at Cowboys (3-8), at Cardinals (6-5), vs. Seahawks (8-3)

11. Lions – 4-7 overall / 0-3 division / 3-5 conference

Remaining games: at Bears (5-6), vs. Packers (8-3), at Titans (8-3), vs. Bucs (7-5), vs. Vikings (5-6)

12. Washington – 4-7 overall / 3-2 division / 3-5 conference

Remaining games: vs. Seahawks (8-3), at Packers (8-3), vs. Saints (9-2), at Cardinals (6-5), at Cowboys (3-8)

13. Falcons – 4-7 overall / 1-2 division / 2-7 conference
Remaining games: vs. Saints (9-2), at Chargers (3-8), vs. Bucs (7-5), at Chiefs (10-1), at Bucs (7-5)

14. Eagles – 3-7-1 overall / 2-2 division / 3-4 conference

Remaining games: at Packers (8-3), vs. Saints (9-2), at Cardinals (6-5), at Cowboys (3-8), vs. Washington (4-7)

15. Cowboys – 3-8 overall / 1-3 division / 3-6 conference
Remaining games: at Ravens (6-4), at Bengals (2-8-1), vs. 49ers (5-6), vs. Eagles (3-7-1), at Giants (4-7)

Share On Socials

About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
Subscribe
Notify of
20 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
BigSombrero
6 months ago

I think the Bucs end at 6th and face the 3rd place Packers at Lambeau in January in the Wild Card round. Tall order for a warm weather team, but definitely winnable obviously.

If they do win, I think they have to travel to New Orleans and face the Saints after their bye week. If they can finally beat the Saints, It’s on to the NFC West.

Randy H.
Reply to  BigSombrero
6 months ago

That is assuming that the 3rd wild card team doesn’t beat the NFC East leader. In that case, they would not play the Saints.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Randy H.
6 months ago

It’s a little muddy. Let me explain. Last place or 3rd wild card plays the #2 seed.

Round 1 has 3 games with one bye. 7 teams.

#2 hosts #7, #3 hosts #6, and #4 hosts #5

Round 2 will be 2 games, with four conference teams remaining.

#1 hosts lowest remaining seed and #2 hosts highest remaining seed.

Last edited 6 months ago by BigSombrero
BigSombrero
Reply to  BigSombrero
6 months ago

I’m guessing it ends up:
1-Saints
2-Seahawks
3-Packers
4-Redskins
5-Rams
6-Bucs
7-Cards

twspin
6 months ago

Every loss matter. But the tale of the tape for us is gonna be the games after the Bye. Vikings are no pushovers, And for those who think the Falcons are automatic wins? You’re nuts! I’ve been watching them and they look like a new team under Raheem. Would be nice if we could sweep our remaining games.We might have to .

buddah
Reply to  twspin
6 months ago

10 gets you in this year.

buddah
Reply to  twspin
6 months ago

If you watched them against the Saints you wouldn’t be saying this. This is what the Falcons have done each of the last three years. Those games won’t be easy, but we should take care of business.

BigSombrero
6 months ago

Washington schedule is wrong. At the Steelers, at 49ers, hosting Seahawks, hosting Panthers, at Eagles. I think they can win 3 of 5.

BigSombrero
Reply to  BigSombrero
6 months ago

Someone downvoted the corrct schedule I posted for your review?

Hahahaha…Your stupidity has no bounds, whoever you are.

BigSombrero
6 months ago

Vikings game will be huge. It is an absolute MUST WIN. If Vikes win vs Jax and then beat the Bucs, both teams would be 7-6, but the Vikes would have a head-to-head tiebreaker and conference advantage. Bucs need 10 wins to get to the post season IMO. If the Bucs, Vikes, Cards, and Rams all finish 9-7, they could knock Tampa out based on head-to-head matchups and division record. Holy crap. I didn’t think that would be possible, but there it is. I think 3-1 is most likely, and 4-0 seems more likely than 2-2. I’ve got my popcorn… Read more »

buddah
Reply to  BigSombrero
6 months ago

If we lose to the Vikings we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. They have an extremely young and bad secondary and rely on their running game.

BigSombrero
Reply to  buddah
6 months ago

I agree, but I still think it’s a tougher matchup than it appears on paper.

Buc76
6 months ago

2 former fired Bucs head coaches. Don’t be surprised if we lose 1 maybe both games to the Falcons. This team is regressing. This team may not make the playoffs and if they do it could be get in and lose and out.

buddah
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

The team most certainly is not regressing. They lost to the Superbowl champs by 3 points and the probable winner of the West by 3 points. Both are top five teams. The expectations this year were way too high. The defense has been really hurt by the loss of Vea.

scubog
6 months ago

As much as some of you complain about our 7 dash 5 team; isn’t it much better discussing playoff position than Draft position?

BigSombrero
Reply to  scubog
6 months ago

I like the Bucs chances, but I’m definitely counting chickens when they hatch.

BucWonder
Reply to  scubog
6 months ago

Amen scubog. I’m really enjoying this season. I love the dash reference.

Go Bucs!

Donkey_Hunter
6 months ago

Surprises me to see the amount of fans who are essentially penciling in the Vikes game as a guaranteed win. There is a very legit chance we go 2-2 down the stretch. Playoffs are still not a guarantee at this point.

bucballer
Reply to  Donkey_Hunter
6 months ago

Hopefully, with a two weeks to prepare we will come out with a much better game plan. Coaching and preparation will be crucial coming out of this bye week. I’m worried about CoVid and it’s effect on our players with two weeks off…

Spitfire
6 months ago

Still solidly in the playoff picture. I feel like there will be a lot of soul searching during our bye week and we are gonna come back on the same page and firing on all cylinders. As long as we get into the playoffs we have a chance. Brady knows how to ride to the occasion in the post season. Green Bay May have a plan to rematch us but we know we can beat them if we are on. If we play the Saints again, with Marpet at 100%, I think we finally take them down this year no… Read more »