The Washington Redskins improved to 6-6 on the season with Monday night's 17-16 victory over the New York Giants. Only one game back in the NFC East, it is now time to start talking about this team as a playoff contender.
To earn a postseason berth, however, the Redskins might have to win their own division.
The NFC North features two 8-4 teams (Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers), so both are in good position to make the playoffs. Plus the Seattle Seahawks are a game ahead of Washington with a 7-5 record and have a more favorable closing schedule.
The Redskins are starting to pick up momentum, however, and look primed to finish the season atop their division.
Here are three reasons why Washington is the NFC East's best team.