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NFC Playoff Picture: New Orleans Saints have their work cut out for themselves

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NFL Week 10 is about to wrap up, and the Saints are going to have to pick it up if they want in the postseason.

NFL: Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Falling to 4-5, the New Orleans Saints failed to capitalize on a big opportunity with the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers losing. Sean Payton’s squad holds the No. 11 spot in the playoff race, which is sure to heat up over the next several weeks. The good news is that the back half of the season is extremely favorable for the black and gold, but they can’t afford to lose many more games.

With wins yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks hold firm control on the top spots in the NFC. You can find the full NFL Playoff Picture here.

NFC Playoffs - At a glance

  1. Cowboys (8-1)
  2. Seahawks (6-2-1)
  3. Falcons (6-4)
  4. Lions (5-4)
  5. Giants (5-3) *Face Bengals on Monday Night Football
  6. Redskins (5-3-1)
  7. Eagles (5-4)
  8. Vikings (5-4)
  9. Cardinals (4-4-1)
  10. Buccaneers (4-5)
  11. Saints (4-5)
  12. Packers (4-5)
  13. Rams (4-5)
  14. Panthers (3-6)
  15. Bears (2-7)
  16. 49ers (1-8)

In Week 11, the Panthers and Saints clash on Thursday Night Football, while the Bucs travel to take on the Kansas City Chiefs and the Falcons have their bye week.