Washington Redskins: Updating the Playoff Picture After Week 13 Win

Korey BeckettContributor IIIDecember 4, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 03: Running back Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against the New York Giants during the second half at FedExField on December 3, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Every week, the Redskins are inching closer to earning their first playoff berth since 2007, when Todd Collins led the charge into the postseason.

Obviously the playing style between then and now has changed a bit, but the goal still remains the same.

Last week when we checked in with the playoff picture, the Redskins were sitting in the No. 9 spot with five games left.

Coming into Week 14, the Redskins are up to No. 7 with four games remaining. At this pace, who knows? Maybe they will move up to the No. 1 spot by season's end.

All right, let's not get ahead of ourselves, but the chances of seeing Robert Griffin III and the gang in January are a lot more likely with every passing week.

The teams that didn't want to cooperate with the Redskins' playoff hopes were Dallas and Seattle (which by virtue would include Chicago, I suppose). St. Louis also hung within half a game of the Redskins with an unexpected win against San Francisco as well.

Minnesota and Tampa Bay, however, both lost on the road to tough teams, which allowed Washington to hop into a four-way tie with the two squads—in addition to Dallas, which won on Sunday Night Football against the Eagles.

The best part, of course, is that the Redskins are a perfect 3-0 against those teams, obviously giving them the tiebreaker with all three, and another date with Dallas looming in Week 17.

But that's just the Wild Card race. That's small potatoes compared to the newly obtainable NFC East title.

With the win on Monday night, the Redskins sit one game behind the Giants. Meanwhile, the 'Skins also hold the de facto tiebreaker with an even 1-1 mark against New York, and a solid 3-1 division record. The Giants, on the other hand, have struggled to a 2-3 tally against the NFC East so far.

Things are looking up. Just three weeks ago, the team was 0-1 in the division and a paltry 3-6 overall, coming off of a loss to a Panthers team that had just one win coming into the contest.

Now a home game in January doesn't sound so ridiculous anymore. Here is the full rundown of the NFC playoff standings:

1. Atlanta (11-1)

2. San Francisco (8-3-1)

3. Green Bay (8-4)

4. New York (7-5)

5. Chicago (8-4)

6. Seattle (7-5)

7. Washington (6-6)

That's pretty good company for the Redskins to be in, and it's going to be a lot of fun to see how the stretch winds up.

Korey Beckett is a Featured Columnist for the Washington Redskins and Bleacher Report's Fantasy Football coverage. Like him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/koreybeckettBR or follow on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/koreyebeckettBR.