Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hands off to fullback Alfred Morris (46) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Improving the Redskins playoff position


Currently, Washington is sitting in 10th place in the NFC standings with all the teams ahead of them in action today.

November 25, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

#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.

Nov 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws a pass against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

#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.

Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) prepares for a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

#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!

Nov 25, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) eludes the tackle of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (26) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

#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.

 

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