NFC playoff picture: Washington all but eliminated

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Technically, Washington is still in the NFC playoff picture. Realistically, it’s over.

Washington’s loss at Tennessee today makes it nearly impossible for Jay Gruden’s team to get to the playoffs. Washington would now need to beat the Eagles next week, have the Eagles lose to Houston tomorrow, and have the Vikings lose both to the Lions tomorrow and to the Bears next week.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks after Saturday:

LEADERS
1. Saints (12-2): May end up resting their starters in Week 17.

2. Rams (11-3): Two losses in a row at the wrong time.

3. Bears (10-4): Clinched the NFC North.

4. Cowboys (8-6): Will clinch the NFC East if they win on Sunday.

5. Seahawks (8-6): Sunday’s loss to the 49ers kept them from clinching.

6. Vikings (7-6-1): Put together their best game of the season on Sunday.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

7. Eagles (7-7): The defending champs are not going down without a fight.

8. Washington (7-8): Still in the hunt, but the odds are remote.

9. Panthers (6-8): Technically not eliminated from playoff contention, but with Cam Newton getting shut down it’s effectively impossible.

29 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Washington all but eliminated

  1. The Redskins are not as long a shot as you make it seem, odds not with them but certainly, it is doable.

  2. Paul Byvtary says:
    December 22, 2018 at 7:26 pm
    The Redskins are not as long a shot as you make it seem, odds not with them but certainly, it is doable.

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    That’s a lot IFs to get your Butts in…

  3. Seattle will beat the cardinals their final game. So Seattle’s in. The Vikings are going to get at least one of their last two. That forces Philly to have to win both. I think they beat Washington next weekend, but the Texans game is a toss up. It’s most definitely a two dog race for the final wild card though.

  4. Washington would now need to beat the Eagles next week(possible), have the Eagles lose to Houston tomorrow, (likely) and have the Vikings lose both to the Lions tomorrow (possible) and to the Bears next week.(likely) …. not a long shot as I see it

  5. Nice now we cowboy fans have to watch seattle or minnesota go into Dallas and shut out Yak and the Cowboys

  6. The worst part for the skins is having to win their last game. Everything else has a very good chance of falling into place for them, only to lose their own game.

    Either way, the head Strength coach needs to be fired. You can’t have this many injuries 2 years in a row and keep your job. It’s not just the QB broken legs. It’s everything else. The decimated OL last year and this year which is what lead to both QB leg injuries.

  7. As long as Alex Smith was the QB for Washington, they has a chance to make the playoffs. Smith doesn’t beat himself. McCoy was a not as good as Smith. He has a tendency to beat himself. Sanchez and Johnson gave Washington no chance of making the playoffs. There are not a lot of teams that can afford to carry two capable QB of making the playoffs after the starter goes down for the season.

  8. Washington would now need to beat the Eagles next week(possible), have the Eagles lose to Houston tomorrow, (likely) and have the Vikings lose both to the Lions tomorrow (possible) and to the Bears next week.(likely) …. not a long shot as I see it
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    Wish in one hand and……

    Vikings will likely beat a depleted, untalented Lions team tomorrow with nothing to play for.

  9. Vikings will screw it up. They should not have made it to NFCCG last year and thus everything was overexpected this year. Cousins was not the answer and is an average QB at best. BUt Vikings land….SKOL

  10. The Bears will sit their starters against the Vikings. Even in the wild card game. The Vikes are that bad. The Vikings have not a team with a winning record all year.

  11. The Redskins chances of making the playoffs went out the window the minute Alex Smith got hurt. After that play, I didn’t even expect them to be “in the hunt” at all at this point of the season. Always next year. Right now, all Redskins fans are hoping that Flacco isn’t their QB (as Washington is being rumored as a possible landing spot via trade) next year.

  12. In the words of the great dandy Don Meredith if ifs and buts were candy and nuts we’d all have a Merry Christmas

  13. I really dislike the Redskins and the Cowboys and the Packers, but you have to feel a little sorry for a team on its 5th QB because on injuries.

    Just like a few year ago Houston went to the play-offs but end up having to play their 3rd stringer.

    I think the Redskins have done the best with the injury situation they were given. They almost pulled it out against the Titans.

  14. Definitely NOT a WasTeam fan, I hate the owner, the name, and their fugly uniforms. (and dopey fans like Logicalvoicessays) But you have to give it to them for putting up a fight after losing 2 QBs, the Sanchize debacle, and 2 full offensive lines on IR…Probably Gruden is the one who deserves credit for that.

  15. fazsha says:
    December 22, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    The Bears will sit their starters against the Vikings. Even in the wild card game. The Vikes are that bad. The Vikings have not a team with a winning record all year.

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    The Vikes just destroyed the Dolphins last week who entered the game at 7-6.

  16. The Redskins are not as long a shot as you make it seem, odds not with them but certainly, it is doable.

    Washington would now need to beat the Eagles next week(possible), have the Eagles lose to Houston tomorrow, (likely) and have the Vikings lose both to the Lions tomorrow (possible) and to the Bears next week.(likely) …. not a long shot as I see it

    ———Redskins slappies are like “I just know I’m gonna hit this four team parlay!”

  17. 7 times in their past 9 games the Vikings have given up less than 300 total yards. The 209 they gave up in a 24-9 victory over the Lions on Nov. 4 remains their second-lowest total of the season.

  18. bartpkelly says:
    December 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm
    Washington would now need to beat the Eagles next week(possible), have the Eagles lose to Houston tomorrow, (likely) and have the Vikings lose both to the Lions tomorrow (possible) and to the Bears next week.(likely) …. not a long shot as I see it

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    Hope you’re not a betting man

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