Washington Redskins: Updating the Redskins' Playoff Picture for Week 17

Korey Beckett@@KoreyBeckettBRContributor IIIDecember 24, 2012

The magic ride just keeps trucking along.

With a sixth straight win, the most recent being a nailbiter in Philadelphia on Sunday, the Redskins are just one win away from reaching the postseason for the first time since 2007.

Or even just one loss away, depending on how the rest of Week 17 shakes out.

You've probably read the news by now that the matchup between the Redskins and Cowboys will determine the champion of the NFC East after the Giants eliminated themselves from divisional title contention with a loss to Baltimore on Sunday.

Obviously, Redskins fans will be rooting for them to beat Dallas and claim their first NFC East crown since 1999. However, if the Vikings (against Green Bay) and Bears (against Detroit) both lose earlier in the day, a loss would not the end of the world for Redskins fans.

Those two teams losing would be the only way the Redskins could back into the postseason with a loss. If it were to happen, then the Redskins would claim the No. 6 seed (No. 4 and No. 6 are the only spots the Redskins can get) and take on either the Packers or 49ers. Either one would be a road game.

If the Redskins do win against Dallas, then there would be a second consecutive game at FedEx Field. That game being a date with the red-hot Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round.

It's a good thing the Redskins-Cowboys game was flexed to Sunday Night by the NFL so that the Redskins know exactly how much pressure they will be facing in front of a national audience.

A win will bring jubilation through the streets of the D.C. metro area while a loss could either be gut-wrenchinglyh painful or mildly disappointing, depending on the outcome of the NFC North games.

Let's hope it doesn't come down to the Redskins needing assistance from the Packers and Lions. Let's hope Washington can take care of its own business. With that said, I leave you with these three words:

We. Want. Dallas.

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

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