Are Redskins' playoff chances on the line vs. Eagles?

Ben Krimmel
December 01, 2018 - 2:23 pm

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The Redskins ended Week 10 at 6-3 and atop the NFC East. Things have not gone according to plan since.

After back-to-back defeats and a tumultuous week, Washington enters Week 13 one game behind Dallas in the NFC East race following their upset of New Orleans Thursday.

Does this make Monday night's game against the Eagles a must-win for the 'Skins?

"This is now a win or you're not going to win the NFC East game for me," Grant Paulsen said on 106.7 The Fan Friday. 

"If they can beat Philly and they are 7-5 with four games left," Paulsen said, "(the Redskins) absolutely have a chance to win the division because it means a few things: Colt McCoy played well, you've got a shot with McCoy to operate offensively, he's not gonna kill you with turnovers, you were able to run the ball, presumably, your defense bounced back."

"All of the things we're worrying about, will have at least momentarily cured themselves if you beat the Eagles," Paulsen said.

Paulsen notes Washington's next four games are all very winnable against team's with sub-.500 records: Giants, Jaguars, Titans, and Eagles, a second time. 

The numbers support Paulsen's point as a win would see the Redskins' chance to make the playoffs increase 38 percent, according to ESPN's calculations

"Of course there's still a chance," Danny Rouhier said. "But if you're asking me for my evaluations... I think Dallas won the division (Thursday) night."

"I'm looking at a group that has lost three of four, probably, should have lost four of four, to be honest with you," Rouhier said. "What's happening here is the regression to where they should be. This is probably the kind of team that they are, even if Alex Smith was healthy. They're just OK. That's not a criticism, that's kind of an acknowledgement... there's some good and there's plenty of bad." 

The Redskins are a group in need of catching some breaks to win the division, even with the weak opponents down the stretch, Rouhier argued. 

"To me, this (season) ended (Thursday) night," Rouhier said. "The door's open, obviously, the Redskins could do something. I just don't count on them to do it." 

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