With the 2012 NFL schedule unveiled, numberFire examines which teams have the hardest road ahead and which have the easiest route to a postseason bid.
The Dallas Cowboys will earn the NFC's No. 4 seed, by beating the New York Giants in Week 17, according to Insider's NFL Playoff Predictor. The New York Jets will also make the playoffs despite long odds.
ESPN Insider introduces NFL playoff bracketology. Much like March Madness, each Tuesday we'll be projecting the NFL playoff matchups and odds of making the playoffs for playoff contenders.