NFL playoffs: Ranking the NFC teams still in the 2022 wildcard hunt

2022 NFL Power Rankings. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It seems like the NFL season started just yesterday… The Broncos were projected as contenders, the NFC East seemed destined for mediocrity, and no one expected the Chiefs to have two top-25 fantasy running backs.

Well, it seems a lot of things have been flipped on their head, as the 2022-2023 season will definitely be remembered by the sheer chaos that ensued on a weekly basis, including the largest comeback in NFL history, a trade deadline that saw stars like Christian McCaffery and Bradley Chubb move teams, and a Minnesota Vikings team that is 11-0 in one-score games.

Talk about entertainment!

As the season winds down with just two more games on the schedule, the race for the wildcard in the NFC is heating up, as five teams are competing for the two spots remaining. Who will end up on top is anyone’s guess, as all five of the teams have gone on excellent winning streaks as well as stacked up losses that make you question their legitimacy.

Here is our ranking of the five wildcard hopefuls in the NFC.

NFL: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after defeating the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 25, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images) /

NFL playoff hopeful #5: Green Bay Packers – NFC North

Sure, the Packers have put together an impressive three-game winning streak including a win over the current playoff-bound Miami Dolphins.

But their other two wins came against the NFC’s worst team (Chicago Bears) and the reeling Los Angeles Rams. Not exactly earth-shattering opponents for the Packers to beat up on.

Even taking their recent success into account, the Packers still have to face the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions, win both of those games, and hope the Commanders drop a game as well. At this point, I just do not think the Packers have the talent to pull it off. Their leading receiver has a whopping 688 yards(Allen Lazard),  and with an offense that’s ranked #18 in points per game, it will be hard to keep up with the high-powered offenses of the Vikings and Lions down the stretch.

As great a career as Aaron Rodgers (4x NFL MVP) has had, times are changing in the NFC North, and this is looking to be the first year the Pack has missed the playoffs since 2017 unless Rodgers can turn back the clock and make us all eat our words once again.