NFC East "Playoff Machine"

Were you wondering how the season has to unfold in order for the Giants to make the playoffs?

Of course you have, I know I sure have. So I took it upon myself to create a "Playoff machine," allowing you to choose the winner of all the rest of the games. All you have to do is download the excel sheet here. (It's a .xlsx file. No guarantees, but if you only have an older excel program, if you rename the file so it's only .xls instead, it should work).

Now a few explanatory notes and how to's. I'm fully aware it's not as pretty as ESPN or Yahoo's, but it'll make do.

There are four "greater" columns, representing the schedule of, from left to right, Dallas, NY, Philly, and Washington. The schedule is filled in to week 10. All you have to do is put a "W" (for a win) or "L" (for a loss) in the column next to the opponent. You can ignore the column to the right, this just gives it a numerical value to add up the wins.

I'll repeat it... For wins, put a W in the cell next to that opponent. To register a loss, put a L.

Once you fill out the schedule, look before. Here four more columns, showing the W/L record for each team in different subsets. The first column is the overall record. This is important for obvious reasons. To determine tiebreakers, I also included columns for divisional record (the 2nd tiebreaker, after head to head), record vs common opponents (3rd tiebreaker), and then record vs conference opponents (4th tiebreaker, different from previous tiebreaker).

The schedule is color coded for your convenience with the key on the excel sheet.

You'll also notice that there are cells to the right that say "error". This is to make sure you don't accidentally create an impossible situation in divisional games, like having both teams win or lose vs each other. If you the schedule correct, it should change to "good" telling you you're... good!

Shouldn't be too hard to figure out once you get a chance to play around with it. Have fun guys.

(Also there's no ties included because ties can go... play by themselves. I hear soccer likes them)

Link to Google doc allowing you to download the excel sheet. Press ctrl-s or the download button to download

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