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Even after Seattle loss, Washington very much in NFC East driver seat

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Washington lost to the Seahawks on Sunday, but just about everything else broke the right way for the Burgundy and Gold. 

The Giants lost Sunday night to bring their record to 5-9, and while the Cowboys won to get to 5-9, Dallas sits one game behind 6-8 Washington and the Football Team holds the season-long tiebreaker. The Eagles are out of the running after Sunday's loss dropped them to 4-9-1.

It might seem impossible that Washington head coach Ron Rivera's team is on the verge of an NFC East title, but going into Week 16, things could be all wrapped up by next Sunday night.

The math is simple. 

If Washington can beat Carolina next week and the Giants lose to the Ravens, then Rivera brings home a division title. In his first year as coach. The same year he fought cancer, Washington lost its nickname and the world fought COVID-19. 

It's too early to really discuss the enormity of the coaching job Rivera and his staff have done, but it's definitely time to point out how close the team is to a home playoff game. That hasn't happened in Washington since the 2015 season. 

Now, there are lots of other scenarios where the Giants or Cowboys win the division, but the truth is, if Washington wins both of their final two games they will take the division.

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While Washington holds the tiebreaker over Dallas after sweeping the season series, New York holds the same advantage over Washington. So nothing is locked in yet. 

Things could go completely sideways. It happens, and certainly has in Washington.

But it's entirely possible that this team not only makes the playoffs, but gets to rest players in Week 17, and that's truly remarkable after a 1-5 start.