After the Redskins tied the Bengals at Wembley stadium eight days ago the players almost to a man said that it felt like a loss.
While that is understandable given their chances to win the game multiple times, they may feel differently when they look at the NFC standings this morning.
At 4-3-1 the Redskins are in third place in the NFC East, a half-game ahead of the 4-4 Eagles and a half-game behind the 5-3 Giants.
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They are two and a half games behind the division-leading Cowboys.
The distance between them and the Cowboys at this point means that the wild card race is of primary concern to Washington. And with half of the season left to play the Redskins are in the second wild card spot, the sixth seed in the NFC.
If they had lost that game in London they would be 4-4 and in a muddle along with three other teams sorting out seeds eight through 11. The tie was clearly better than a loss.
And things may be opening up for the Redskins. Just a few weeks ago the Vikings were 5-0 and it looked like it would be a very tall order for the Redskins to win the game coming up on Sunday. Now the Redskins are three-point favorites. That doesn’t mean it will be an easy game but it does mean that things have changed.
Next up are the Packers, who have lost three of their last four, two of them at home. If the Redskins can defend their home turf in these next two games they will be in very good position going into the last six games of the season.
The Redskins, of course, haven’t been smoking hot lately either.
After four straight wins they are 0-1-1 in their last two and they have to rely on the next man up to protect Kirk Cousins’ blind side with Trent Williams set to serve a four-game suspension. But it’s better to be in a playoff spot at this point than it is to be chasing one.