Wild Cards? A look at the playoff picture for the Arizona Cardinals

Dec 5, 2016, 3:56 PM | Updated: Dec 7, 2016, 9:32 am

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) celebrates his touchdown with tackle Ulrick John (...

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) celebrates his touchdown with tackle Ulrick John (75) and tackle D.J. Humphries (74) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Last season, the Arizona Cardinals got off to a great start and by the time the campaign reached its later stages, they were battling for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

This year, that is not the case.

A slow start and inconsistent play have left the Cardinals essentially fighting for a Wild Card berth, as the Seattle Seahawks are three games up in the NFC West standings on Arizona with four to play.

In other words, barring a miracle, earning one of the NFC’s two Wild Card bids is the Cardinals’ only chance of playing in the postseason.

So, where do they stand in their pursuit? Here, we’ll tell you.

Wild Card Rank Team Record Games out of WC Remaining Schedule
1 giantshelmet_ 8-4 vs. DAL, vs. DET, at PHI, at WAS
2 bucshelmet_ 7-5 vs. NO, at DAL, at NO, vs. CAR
3 redskinshelmet_ 6-5-1 .5 at PHI, vs. CAR, at CHI, vs. NYG
4 vikingshelmetright_ 6-6 1 at JAX, vs. IND, at GB, vs. CHI
5 packershelmet_ 6-6 1 vs. SEA, at CHI, vs. MIN, at DET
6 cardinalshelmet_ 5-6-1 1.5 at MIA, vs. NO, at SEA, at LA
7 saintshelmet_ 5-7 2 at TB, at AZ, vs. TB, at ATL
8 eagleshelmet_ 5-7 2 at WAS, at BAL, vs. NYG, vs. DAL

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