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If The Playoffs Started Today: For Now, The Vikings Are The 1972 Dolphins Edition

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As this season continues under protest, the Minnesota Vikings stand as the lone undefeated team in the NFL after five weeks.

They can’t possibly keep this up. After all, they can’t run the ball with or without Adrian Peterson. Also, they lack considerable depth at wide receiver.

The shoe is going to drop at some point – probably in the NFC Championship or Super Bowl but we have a ways to go before then.

Meanwhile, in the AFC, it’s 1975 all over again. The Steelers and Raiders sit atop the American Football Conference.

Anyhow, let’s drum an old reliable here at JMRA – a look at a prospective NFL postseason schedule.

AFC

#1 – Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North champion, bye)

#2 – Oakland Raiders (AFC West champion, bye)

#3 – New England Patriots (AFC East champion)

#4 – Houston Texans (AFC South champion)

#5  – Denver Broncos (Wild Card)

#6 –  Baltimore Ravens (Wild Card)

NFC

#1 –  Minnesota Vikings  (NFC North champion, bye)

#2 – Dallas Cowboys (NFC East champion, bye)

#3 – Atlanta Falcons  (NFC South champion)

#4 – Seattle Seahawks (NFC West champion)

#5 – Green Bay Packers (Wild Card)

#6 – Philadelphia Eagles (Wild Card)

PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE

WILD CARD ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 @ 4:30PM – #5 Denver Broncos at #4 Houston Texans (NBC)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 @ 8:00PM – #5 Green Bay Packers at #4 Seattle Seahawks (NBC)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 @ 1:00PM – #6 Philadelphia Eagles at #3 Atlanta Falcons (FOX)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 @ 4:30PM – #6 Baltimore Ravens at #3 New England Patriots (CBS)

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 @ 4:30PM – SEA/GB/PHI at #1 Minnesota Vikings (NBC)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 @ 8PM – NE/HOU/DEN at #2 Oakland Raiders (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 @ 1PM – HOU/DEN/BALT at #1 Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 @ 4:30PM – ATL/SEA/GB at #2 Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

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