The Cardinals’ victory via Hail Mary on Sunday didn’t just thrill NFL viewers. It also helped shake up the NFC playoff race for the 2020 season. When the dust settled, the Cardinals were atop the NFC West and the Packers were holding the top spot in the conference.
We continue to base our weekly playoff picture analysis on a 14-team field. NFL owners did approve a contingency plan for a 16-team field last week, should the regular season be cut short by COVID-19. But that plan is subject to approval by the NFL Players Association, and the terms of its trigger — how many games would need to be canceled for it to be implemented — have not been publicized. We’ll use ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) to help project the coming weeks, with our usual disclaimer: There is a long way to go. Let’s jump in, starting with the lone undefeated team in the NFL.