While a loss is never a good thing, Seahawks fans can feel good that their team's playoff position didn't take too big a hit this week after falling in New Orleans.

The Arizona Cardinals also lost to the Carolina Panthers 30-20, so they did not make up any ground on the Seahawks. With both the Rams and 49ers on their bye weeks, here are NFC West standings through eight weeks.

Seahawks 4-2-1

Cardinals 3-4-1

Rams 3-4

49ers 1-6

Now to the rest of the NFC starting with a weekend recap.

The Philadelphia Eagles almost did the Seahawks a solid but fell to the NFC-leading Dallas Cowboys 29-23 in overtime Sunday.

But surprise, surprise. The Chicago Bears who were left for dead surprised the Minnesota Vikings Monday night with a 20-10 win, so Seattle didn't lose ground there.

The Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers in a 33-32 shootout to end a two-game skid.

The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals did a better impersonation of the Seahawks-Cardinals. They ended in a tie, but at least they scored more points: 27-27.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still found a way to lose to the Oakland Raiders 30-24 in overtime even though the Silver and Black committed an NFL record 23 penalties.

The Detroit Lions fell to the Houston Texans 20-13.

So here are the updated NFC playoff standings

1. Cowboys (6-1; home-field advantage)

2. Vikings (5-2; first-round bye)

3. Seahawks (4-2-1; host Wild Card game)

4. Falcons (5-3; host Wild Card game)

5. Packers (4-3; at Falcons in Wild Card game)

6. Giants (4-3; at Seahawks in Wild Card game)

7. Eagles (4-3)

8. Redskins (4-3-1)

9. Lions (4-4)

10. Cardinals (3-4-1)

11. Rams (3-4)

12. Buccaneers (3-4)

13. Saints (3-4)

14. Panthers (2-5)

15. Bears (2-6)

16. 49ers (1-6)

Nine weeks to go!