NFL Playoff Picture 2012: Wild-Card Hopefuls Who Will Lose in Week 17

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 23:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs upfield against Daniel Manning #38 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Half of the NFL playoff picture is framed, as the AFC postseason contenders have been set in stone following Week 16's action.

As for the NFC, there are a handful of teams that need victories in Week 17 to keep playoff hopes alive that aren't going to get them.

Here they are:


Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson very well may break the rushing record against the Green Bay Packers in Week 17, but the Minnesota Vikings aren't going to win the game.

Needing a win next weekend to hang onto its sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture, Minnesota will run into a red hot Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 340-plus yards and three touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16.

Green Bay defeated the Vikings 23-14 in Week 13 despite 210 yards and a score from AP.

Given the way Rodgers and the Packers offense is rolling of late, the Vikings won't slow them down in the final game of the regular season, resulting in Minnesota missing out on postseason football.

Dallas Cowboys

Thanksgiving Day, anyone?

Week 17 will see the Dallas Cowboys travel to Washington to try to figure out Robert Griffin III and the Redskins.

RGIII went bananas against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, throwing for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns as Washington eclipsed Dallas, 38-31.

With the Redskins still needing a win in the final week of the season to clinch the NFC East, I think they come out at home and get the job done against a Dallas defense that was just torched by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

It'll be another disappointing season for Dallas fans, as the Cowboys miss out on the playoffs again.

New York Giants

After watching the Giants play pee wee football the past two weeks, I'd take the Kansas City Chiefs over New York in Week 17 if it were on the schedule.

The Giants will get division foe Philadelphia in Week 17—an Eagles squad that beat the G-Men 19-17 back in Week 4.

The Giants defense isn't getting any production from their front four or secondary (Corey Webster), and Eli Manning and his receivers appear to be on a completely different page.

Even if Big Blue finds a way to earn a win against Philly, they'll require some help from multiple teams to make the playoffs.

Giants fans will enjoy one more week of being labeled the defending Super Bowl champs, as that's surely coming to an end next weekend.


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