With just one game left on each team’s schedule, it’s now pretty simple to figure out what has to happen for Redskins to be matched up with each of their three possible opponents in the first round of the playoffs.
Washington has won the NFC East title and will be the No. 4 seed. They will host the No. 5 seed at FedEx Field on the weekend of January 9-10. Three teams can be the five seed—the Seahawks, Packers, and Vikings. Here is what has to happen for each matchup to take place.
Seahawks—Seattle seemed to be the most likely opponent for the Redskins but their home loss to the Rams made the odds of that happening much longer. Seattle travels to Arizona to play the Cardinals. If they win that game and the Packers beat the Vikings at home, the Seahawks will be the No. 5 seed. It should be noted that thanks to the Panthers’ loss on Sunday the Cardinals still have some incentive to go all-out to win. A Cardinals win and a Panthers loss to the Bucs would give Arizona home field throughout the playoffs.
Packers—Their scenario is simple. If they lose to the Vikings at Lambeau Field on Sunday night they will be the five seed and make the trip to FedEx Field. If they win, they take the NFC North and will host a playoff game.
Vikings—For the Vikings to be the five seed they must lose to the Packers and the Seahawks must lose to the Cardinals. Since Seattle and Minnesota are both on the road they are both likely to be underdogs so on the face of it this is the most likely scenario.