Washington Redskins: A 'Skins Fan's Guide on Who to Root for in Week 15

Korey Beckett@@KoreyBeckettBRContributor IIIDecember 10, 2012

Washington Redskins: A 'Skins Fan's Guide on Who to Root for in Week 15

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    With just three weeks left in the regular season, and the Redskins in the playoff hunt for the first time in four years, it's time to start rooting hard for some of the other NFC teams to trip up so that your beloved Redskins can make the postseason.

    Dallas, Seattle, New York and Minnesota proved to be very uncooperative to the Redskins' playoff hunt. All of them came away with wins. Two of them were big (Seattle and New York). The other two were narrow, like (Dallas and Minnesota).

    There is a big opportunity for the Redskins to finally boost themselves into the top six of the NFC if they can win in Cleveland. The other NFC teams in the playoff picture play tougher games (although Cleveland has been very good lately) with the exception of Seattle.

    Here's a guide of what to watch for this next Sunday. If you are fortunate enough to have NFL RedZone or Sunday Ticket, then this guide is definitely for you.

New York (8-5) @ Atlanta (11-2)

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    When? Sunday at 1:00 P.M. on FOX

    Where? Georgia Dome

    Who to root for? Atlanta

    Why root for them? This game is ideal for Redskins fans.

    Atlanta is out of reach for Washington so it doesn't matter if they win, and they certainly are good enough to beat the Giants.

    The Falcons did struggle this past Sunday and lost to the Panthers, but with an 11-2 mark, they now have more to play for with San Francisco and Green Bay hot on their heels for the No. 1 seed. Atlanta has a chance to lock up that spot if they win and get losses from San Francisco and Green Bay.

    Another thing working to the Redskins' favor is that this game is in Atlanta. The Falcons play really well at home (heck, they play well on the road, too) and for them to win would be vital in the NFC East race, especially if the Redskins can win in Cleveland.

    Impact on Redskins (Scaled 1-10): 9

Seattle (8-5) @ Buffalo (5-8)

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    When? Sunday at 4:05 P.M. on FOX

    Where? Ralph Wilson Stadium

    Who to root for? Buffalo

    Why root for them? Currently, the Seahawks are sitting in the No. 5 spot in the NFC playoff standings.

    Although the Redskins are riding a rookie quarterback on a hot streak in the second half of the season, the Seahawks are doing the exact same thing, and with a one game advantage.

    Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are 8-5 and have the easiest game this week, record wise, (tied with the Redskins, actually) out of the NFC playoff picture teams as they take on 5-8 Buffalo.

    After coming off of a 58-0 drubbing of Arizona, it's hard to see Seattle losing this game. Even if they do win, it might not be the worst thing in the world as it now seems that Chicago is the wild card team the Redskins should be gunning for.

    Especially since tying the Seahawks will do nothing of merit for the Redskins.

    Impact on Redskins (Scaled 1-10): 7

Green Bay (9-4) @ Chicago (8-5)

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    When? Sunday at 1:00 P.M. on FOX

    Where? Soldier Field

    Who to root for? Green Bay

    Why root for them? It's unlikely that the Redskins are going to be able to catch Green Bay since the Packers have a two-game lead in overall record and a better conference record.

    After the Packers game, the Bears have Arizona and Detroit left on the schedule, so it's vital that the Packers win, especially if the Giants upset the Falcons.

    If the Giants lose, then of course the Redskins will set their sights on the NFC East title with a win over Cleveland.

    Regardless, it would still be highly beneficial for the Packers to defeat the struggling Bears, which shouldn't be much of a task if Jay Cutler is unavailable.

    Impact on Redskins (Scaled 1-10): 9

Pittsburgh (7-6) @ Dallas (7-6)

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    When? Sunday at 4:25 P.M. on CBS
    Where? Cowboys Stadium
    Who to root for? Pittsburgh
    Why root for them? For one, it's the Cowboys.
    Secondly, a loss for Dallas would mean the Redskins can go up on them by what would essentially be a game and a half thanks to a tiebreaking win on Thanksgiving.
    The two meet again in Week 17, so even if the Redskins can be within one game of Dallas, a win over the hated Cowboys would give the Redskins the ultimate tiebreaker.
    Still, don't you want to see Dallas lose just for the sake of seeing the Cowboys lose?
    Impact on Redskins (Scaled 1-10): 7

Minnesota (7-6) @ St. Louis (6-6-1)

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    When? Sunday at 1:00 P.M. on FOX

    Where? Edward Jones Dome

    Who to root for? St. Louis

    Why root for them? If Washington wins, the Rams will likely be unable to catch them, so you would want them to knock off the Vikings, who won last week against Chicago.

    If the Redskins lose, then you should really be rooting for the Rams so the Vikings don't pass the Redskins. Although it wouldn't be a back breaker since the Vikings still have the Packers and the Texans left on the schedule.

    It doesn't mean a great deal who wins this game, but a Rams victory would be nice.

    Impact on Redskins (Scaled 1-10): 5 

    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 and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/koreybeckettBR