Washington Redskins: Updating the Playoff Picture After Week 14

Korey BeckettContributor IIIDecember 10, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09:  Kicker Kai Forbath #2 of the Washington Redskins celebrates with holder Sav Rocca #6 after hitting the game winning field goal in overtime to give the Redskins a 31-28 win over the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Another week, another win for the Redskins.

This time it came at a price, with quarterback Robert Griffin III exiting twice with a knee sprain.

However, the Redskins' playoff chances did not take a hit as they improved to 7-6 with just three games left on the schedule.

Last week when we checked in, they were sitting at the No. 7 spot in the NFC playoff hunt, and remained there after wins by Seattle and New York in the hours following the Redskins' dramatic win over Baltimore.

Washington remains just one game behind the Giants for the NFC East lead (the No. 4 seed) and the Seahawks/Bears for the final wild-card spot. As it sits, the Redskins would hold the tiebreaker over the Giants due to a better divisional record, and Chicago due to a better conference record.

Right now, the Redskins would not hold the tiebreaker with Seattle.

The two teams have not faced off and both have identical 6-4 conference records. The difference is that Seattle is 3-1 in common games while Washington is 2-2. Those common games would be Dallas, St. Louis, Carolina and Minnesota.

Although they are not in serious trouble, the Redskins do need another loss by either Chicago, Seattle or New York to happen soon. It doesn't matter if Washington wins out if those three teams do as well.


Here are the current NFC playoff standings:

1. Atlanta (11-2)

2. San Francisco (9-3-1)

3. Green Bay (9-4)

4. New York (8-5)

5. Seattle (8-5)

6. Chicago (8-5)

7. Washington (7-6)

8. Dallas (7-6)

9. Minnesota (7-6)


If you remember, and I'm sure you do, the Redskins defeated both the Cowboys and Vikings to hold down the three-way tiebreaker for the No. 7 spot.

Next week, the Redskins take on the Browns; so, there is no chance of improving the conference record. However, the overall record is clearly the more important statistic for the time being.


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