Washington Redskins Playoffs: Sizing Up The Possible NFC No. 3 Seeds
The top team that the Redskins could face is the Detroit Lions. It is not even close. Though the Redskins lost to the Lions earlier in the season, it was in a close game and it was when the Lions were virtually at full strength. As of right now, they are not in great condition.
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The Lions are dealing with some major injuries to their top players. Matthew Stafford is dealing with a middle finger injury. Stud cornerback Darius Slay has missed time with a hamstring injury. Nickel back Quandre Diggs is on injured reserve. All of that could set up the Redskins to have a nice day offensively, and their defense would be able to hold up.
In their first matchup, the Redskins major downfall was the late effort by the defense. They could not stop the Lions on what was their game winning drive, but they did well defensively for a majority of the game. They only allowed 20 points, and with their offense clicking, they could easily outscore the Lions if the defense could hold them to 20 again.
Also working in the Redskins favor is the lack of a running game for the Lions. Their top running back, Theo Riddick, has missed a good amount of time with injury. In his stead, Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington have proven to be mediocre. The Redskins would at least be able to slow down the duo if Riddick cannot go. The Lions absolutely have the weakest running back corps of any of the NFC playoff teams.
At the end of the day, this is the team that the Redskins would most likely beat. Each opponent would be a tall task, but rooting for the Lions to finish as the three seed seems to be the best option.
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