Chris Simms, former quarterback, and assistant coach gives us our first look at the 2023 NFC playoff picture. It's a quite surprising list that isn't very strong in terms of how the seeds are made. Let's take a look.
The first problem to deal with is the first seed on the list. Philadelphia Eagles at the number one seed!? Now this year does look promising to the Eagles and many people are speculating that an explosive year could occur for the Eagles, but the number one seed is a bit too far.
Next, the 49ers at the two-seed. That's a bit questionable too, but not as much as the first seed is. With the 49ers switching quarterbacks, it's not going to be a straightforward season of wins. They may have a good season regarding their defense though. I would place them around a 5th seed.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers come in at the 3rd seed which isn't too out of place. Lots of fans can see them cashing in at a two or three seed this season. With Tom Brady on the team, there's no argument on why they shouldn't close out the year with one of those seed numbers.
Finally, to close out division leaders, the Green Bay Packers. After losing Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, it's tough to say how they will do this year. I still see them winning their division but perhaps they aren't going to be the “Powerhouse team” they were in previous seasons. The 4th seed is a good spot to put them for right now.
On to the Wild Card teams. First and foremost, what are the New Orleans Saints doing here? I have higher hopes for the Chicago Bears to earn a seven seed than the Saints. The Saints have had lots of change-up and drama with their team over the past two seasons and their whole team has fallen apart.
The Los Angles Rams are too low. Are we forgetting that the Rams were a four-seed last year and yet they managed to win the super bowl? This is a team that will most likely become the final boss of the NFC playoff and will most likely take the one seed. Upon losing almost nobody on the team, the Rams are going to be looking even sharper this year.
Finally, we are to the Dallas Cowboys. I could go on and on about how the Cowboys are in for a struggle this season but to chalk it up, they aren't looking like a division leader right now. We can talk about what they need to fix later, but at the moment I would say a good 5 or 6 seed suits them well at this point.
I would place the Rams at the first seed, then followed by the Buccaneers at the two seed. At number three and four seed would be the Eagles and Packers, it's tough to say which one will be at three and four but they should both finish around there.
Then for the Wild Card, we'll see the 49ers take the 5th seed followed by the Cowboys for the 6th seed. For the last team in, I have the Chicago Bears. Feel free to blast me on that one but I have higher hopes for them this year than I have for others. Can't wait to see which list will age better come to the end of the season.