Redskins are still "in the hunt" according to NFL.com

Redskins face their first "must win" game on Sunday

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For Washington to have any realistic chance of catching up with the Giants they must beat the Dolphins on Sunday. Washington has to find a way to put a substantially below-par team, playing their best ball of the season, away and early. Eight games into the 2011 season everybody should know a few things about the NFC East. The first thing is that the all roads lead to the New York Giants. The Giants are the best team, and so far the only team, that Washington has been able to defeat within the division. The Eagles are who we thought they were, nothing more and the Cowboys can’t decide whether or not they want to be great.

Currently, the division title is still within reach. Assuming that Detroit, Atlanta, Tampa and Chicago don’t completely tank, the Redskins will have to win the division to make the playoffs. This is the picture as of now via NFL.com.

The NFC East schedule sets up for the Redskins to possibly gain a little bit of ground this weekend. The Giants have to travel all the way to San Francisco to take on the 49ers and the Cowboys will face the Buffalo Bills in Dallas. Philadelphia has to play a scrappy Cardinals team at the Linc on Sunday.

Six losses in the Redskins first nine games would almost certainly bring about strong talks of the “R” word that coach Shanahan and his administration avoids at all costs. Rebuilding. The team may indeed be rebuilding, but Shanahan has done a masterful job of convincing fans that he’s competing for now. The team has even signed wide receiver David Anderson to help fill in the void left by Santana Moss. My thoughts are that unless Anderson can throw too, the Skins may be in trouble on Sunday.

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