Currently, Washington is sitting in 10th place in the NFC standings with all the teams ahead of them in action today.
#1 Atlanta vs #7 Tampa Bay
Atlanta pretty much has their division gift wrapped so them winning will not have any effect of the Redskins making the playoffs. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, can extend their lead over Washington by a game with this win. Redskins fans wouldn’t mind seeing Atlanta victorious in the match up.
#2 San Francisco vs #9 New Orleans
This game is important because with a New Orleans loss, the Redskins and Saints would hold the same record at 5-6, giving the tie breaker to Washington from the opening day win at the Superdome. New Orleans is hot right now so San Francisco needs to bring their A game if they plan on winning this game.
#3 Green Bay vs #4 New York Giants
This may be the most important match up of the week. Green Bay is squaring up with the NFC East division leader. With this win for the Packers, it will set up a Monday Night showdown between the Redskins and the Giants for the division lead. With the division lead the Redskins would catapult to the #4 seed in the NFC and control their own destiny to win the NFC East and make the playoffs. All Redskins fans should have a piece of cheese on their head today!
#5 Chicago vs #8 Minnesota
This game is more important within the NFC North division, however, does effect whether Washington can inch up a spot in the overall playoff picture. The Redskins also hold the tie breaker over the Vikings, so staying even with them is important.
Overall, there are many ways that other teams can help Washington gain ground in the conference, but the best way is for Washington to win the remaining games on their schedule. That would have the Redskins finishing the season at 10-6 (5-1) Division. I like the direction that Washington is going and the end of the season is set up for a serious run to be made. I can garauntee you that there is not one team that is looking forward to playing the Redskins in the playoffs.