There haven’t been many seasons like the 2019 season in the NFC.

Seahawks’ Lockett is good to go, Clowney a gameday decision on Sunday

Six NFC teams have at least eight wins. The San Francisco 49ers lead the way with nine, with Green Bay, New Orleans, Dallas, Seattle and Minnesota each at eight. The stakes grow even higher over this weekend. The Seahawks travel to a 5-5 Philadelphia Eagles team trying to stay with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East race.

Also this weekend, the Cowboys play the New England Patriots, Green Bay visits San Francisco in the Sunday night game, and New Orleans could all but knock the Carolina Panthers out of the playoff race.

Let’s look at the significance of this week’s games and their impact on the playoff races.

• The 49ers are the first team in NFL history to have three consecutive games against eight-win teams this late in the season. After they play the Packers, they’ll face the Baltimore Ravens and the New Orleans Saints in the coming weeks.

If the 49ers win two of those three games, they could not only win the NFC West but they could lock up the NFC’s No. 1 seed. But if they lose two of these three games, they gave the Seahawks a chance to win the NFC West.

What’s trouble for the 49ers are injuries. Joe Staley, Matt Breida, Robbie Gould and Dee Ford have already been scratched, and there’s a good chance San Francisco could be without Emmanuel Sanders, George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, as well. The 49ers were able to squeak out a comeback victory over Arizona last week, but this is a tougher opponent they’ll be facing in the Packers.

Next week the Niners play the Ravens in Baltimore. Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray’s running ability gave the 49ers problems, and …read more

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