Washington Redskins: 5 Games They Must Win to Make the Playoffs

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Washington Redskins: 5 Games They Must Win to Make the Playoffs
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Mike Shanahan has said it. Kyle Shanahan has also said it. The Washington Redskins are of the opinion that they will be challenging for a playoff spot this year.

Fans have been saying this since the arrival of Robert Griffin III, of course, but now it seems that more people are catching up, and buying into the belief that this is a playoff-caliber team.

Even Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, who had previously predicted a 3-13 season for the team, has re-evaluated his opinion to state that they have a chance to go 9-7 in 2012.

For what it's worth, I don't see this happening. There are too many things that need to go just right, and a rookie quarterback is still a rookie quarterback, regardless of who he is—so there will be mistakes made along the way.

I’m also a little concerned about the slow accumulation of injuries that the team has suffered since training camp began.

That said, there's no denying that the Redskins are a stronger team than they were last year, and I'm certainly not counting the playoffs out.

However, in order for this to happen, there are certain games that they need to win, for a variety of reasons. Posting a .500 record within the division is crucial, which means that FedEx Field needs to be a fortress this year.

For the purpose of this article, I’ve moved away from the NFC East, and have instead picked five games from the remaining fixtures that the Redskins must win in order to make the playoffs.

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