The Washington Redskins aren’t playing in Week 10. Here’s a look at what they’ll be watching on Sunday afternoon.
During their bye week, every team in the NFL is keeping an eye on their competition. Even the Washington Redskins (1-8) will be doing that. Yes, the team is out of contention for a playoff spot, but they are in contention for something else.
The No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Currently, the team is slotted in at the No. 2 overall pick. And for a ready on what the team might do with that selection, check out our own Ian Cummings’ latest mock draft. But having the No. 2 selection isn’t set in stone, and things could change over the course of the rest of the season to move the Redskins’ pick further down — or they could move up to No. 1.
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If the team is looking to get to the top selection, they’ll have to look at these games on Sunday afternoon.
Ravens at Bengals. The Bengals (0-8) are currently holding onto the No. 1 pick. While many would expect the Ravens to win this game, the Ravens are coming off an emotional victory over the Patriots. It’s possible they could disappoint, but it’s still likely that they will be able to beat Cincinnati handily. But if they can’t, the race for No. 1 will get a bit more exciting.
Giants at Jets. The Jets (1-7) currently sit at the No. 3 pick, but they are taking on the Redskins in Week 11. So, not only will the Redskins be watching to scout their opponent. They also will be seeing if the Jets win to improve the ‘Skins’ chances of holding onto the No. 2 pick. If the Jets beat the Giants, that would be a bit helpful to the Redskins chances of getting the No. 1 pick, as both New York teams would have two wins. But with this basically being a neutral site home game for both sides, it may be hard for the beat-up Jets to win.
Dolphins at Colts. The Dolphins (1-7) beat the Jets last week leapfrogging them to the No. 4 pick. However, they are arguably the worst team in the league and may have trouble finding any more wins. Given that the Redskins have already beaten them, the Dolphins have the tiebreaker for the higher draft pick. So, it would be in the Redskins’ best interest to see the Dolphins beat the Colts and backup QB Brian Hoyer on Sunday (though that will be unlikely, given that the Colts are a true contender in the AFC).
Falcons at Saints. The Falcons are the last of the one-win teams, and frankly, if it weren’t for some good luck against the Eagles, they could be 0-8 as well. A win against the Saints would go a long way to getting the Redskins a higher draft pick, so fans should be rooting for that. Of course, winning against an excellent Saints team on the road will be extremely difficult for a team as bad as the Falcons are on defense.
None of the results the Redskins would like to see are particularly likely, but it’s the NFL. Upsets happen all the time. We’ll see what happens on Sunday, but at least this week, there are some things to watch that could impact the Redskins.