Washington Redskins: Updating the Playoff Picture After Week 15

Korey BeckettContributor IIIDecember 17, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 16: Running back Evan Royster #22 of the Washington Redskins runs in a touchdown during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Redskins defeated the Browns 38-21. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Even the biggest optimists wearing Burgundy and Gold probably didn't see this coming. A five-game winning streak, capped off by a fine performance from a rookie quarterback not named Robert Griffin III.

To quote the great Chris Berman, "I remember because I was there!"

It was interesting to see in person, even though I felt a little anxious in "The Dawg Pound". The fans started to get a tad frustrated with Brandon Weeden (who looked terrible, by the way). I thought it was only a matter of time before they started looking for Redskins fans to take out their frustrations on.

Thankfully, they headed to the exits instead.

I only have a few complaints about Sunday's game: How long it took to get out of the parking lot, the cell phone service, the guy sitting behind me shouting "WEEEEDEN" and "CRIIIIIIIBS" in my ear and lastly, and most importantly, the lack of updates from the scoreboard operators.

The Browns weren't too savvy with fantasy football and out of town scoring updates, so it wasn't until about halfway through the second quarter in Cleveland that I learned of Atlanta's dismantling of Eli Manning and the Giants.

By around 4:00 P.M. Eastern time, I was getting out of my seat at Cleveland Browns Stadium, and received an update that the Redskins were officially in first place in the NFC East. Apparently, I wasn't the only one that got the memo as chants of "Hail to the Redskins" started buzzing through the crowd.

It wasn't overbearing, but there was actually a nicely sized Redskins contingent in and around the stadium.

Now the Redskins fans can taste it. The team is this close to its first division title since 1999. Two more wins, or a loss to the Eagles paired with a Giants loss to Baltimore in Week 16 in addition to a Redskins win in Week 17, and the crown goes to Washington.

Just two more wins would be simpler, though.

With the divisional lead, the Redskins have vaulted from the No. 7 spot in the NFC race, all the way up to No. 4. With that would come at least one playoff game at FedEx Field.

Unfortunately, that first game would likely result in a date with the Seattle Seahawks, who are currently holding the No. 5 position.

The same Seattle Seahawks that are coming off of three consecutive wins—the last two of which have resulted in a combined score of 108-17 in Seattle's favor.

Seattle being the top wild card is of course, an assumption. They would have to lose their last two games (San Francisco and St. Louis) to be ousted from that spot.

Minnesota is waiting in the wings behind them at 8-6, holding the tiebreaker over fellow 8-6 teams Dallas and New York.

We will cross the wild card bridge if the Redskins get there, but for now, the coast is clear and the goal is simple:

Two more weeks, two more wins. One division title.