Skins could still make playoffs because NFC East is worst division in NFL

Ben Krimmel
December 04, 2019 - 9:59 am
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The best record the Washington Redskins can finish with for the 2019 NFL Season is 7-9, but that could still be enough to make the playoffs.

Yes, seriously, the playoffs. (Insert Jim Mora here.)

Full Disclosure: This isn't going to happen. The Redskins have a better chance at the No. 1 overall pick (7.9 percent per Football Outsiders) compared to making the playoffs (just about 0.0).

This is only possible because the NFC East is the worst division in all of football. Whoever wins the division will be a home underdog in the first round of the playoffs and likely lose.

Even if we decide the Redskins win the final four games of the season to somehow get to seven wins for the third-straight season, they still need help to win the division.

But all possibilities, no matter how outrageous this all sounds, should be mentioned. And, of course, all of this will likely be a moot point very soon.

Having said that, here is what needs to happen for the Redskins to make the playoffs:

Step 1: The Dallas Cowboys lose Thursday night at Soldier Field to the Chicago Bears. (The Cowboys are presently three-point favorites on average across the Vegas books.)

Step 2: Washington beats Green Bay Sunday at Lambeau Field. (The Redskins are two-touchdown underdogs.) 

Step 3: The Philadelphia Eagles lose at home on Monday Night Football to the New York Giants. (They are an eight-point favorite).

There are more steps after that, but that gets the Skins through Week 14.

If all of that happens, the Redskins would live another week as a potential playoff team. They would remain "In The Hunt" into Week 15 when the Redskins would need to beat the Eagles at home and have the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cowboys in Dallas. 

If they are still in contention after those five results going their way, Washington would need to beat the Giants at home and have the Eagles beat or tie the Cowboys in Philadelphia in Week 16. 

Then, entering Week 17, the worst division in football could be won by the Washington Redskins at 7-9 if they beat the Cowboys in Dallas and the Eagles to lose or tie to the Giants. (If Philadelphia ties Dallas in Week 16, a Redskins win would clinch the Division with the Cowboys and Eagles finishing 6-9-1.)

All of this is to say again, the NFC East is a very bad division and somehow the Redskins could win it.

Like J.P. said in the 1994 classic film Angels in the Outfield: "It could happen."

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