Washington Redskins Playoff Hopes: Ranking the Biggest Threats for the Wild Card

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Washington Redskins Playoff Hopes: Ranking the Biggest Threats for the Wild Card

Who would've thought after the Carolina Panthers game earlier this season that the Washington Redskins would be playing in December for a playoff bid.

Even if the RG3-led 'Skins lose to the New York Giants on Monday night, there's still a chance they grab a Wild Card spot.

As of right now, it's probably easier to win the division then grab a Wild Card, but that becomes virtually impossible if the Giants beat the Redskins.

Either Green Bay or Chicago is pretty much guaranteed one of the Wild Card spots, but the other is still there for the taking. Seattle, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Dallas and New Orleans are all still alive and fighting for a playoff spot.

The best news is that Washington owns the tiebreaker over ALL of those teams, so 8-8 could easily earn a spot in the postseason if the 'Skins get a little help. They've beaten Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Dallas and New Orleans straight up, while they own a better record in the NFC than Seattle.

There's plenty of opportunities for the Redskins to make a run at a postseason berth in Robert Griffin III's rookie year if they win at least three of the last five. If they can get to 8-8, they'll have a shot; if they get to 9-7, they're in.

 

Upcoming Schedule

Week 13: hosting New York

Week 14: hosting Baltimore

Week 15: at Cleveland

Week 16: at Philadelphia

Week 17: hosting Dallas

Even if the Redskins lose to both New York and Baltimore, they have three extremely winnable games to get to 8-8. If they can split those first two, 9-7 is well within reach.

But if we're taking a realistic look at the end of the season, the Redskins will be fighting off five other teams for a spot in the postseason who will need to do some losing if Washington wants a shot. Here's the five teams who pose the biggest threat to a Redskins postseason appearance.

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