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Week 15 Washington Football Team rooting guide

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It's December and not only does the Washington Football Team control their own destiny to make the NFL playoffs, but they have more than one avenue to get there. 

Fresh off a fourth-straight victory, only the Kansas City Chiefs are on a hotter streak in the league. No one wants to play Washington and no opponent looks too hard to overcome if you're a fan of the Burgandy and Gold.

Entering Week 15, there are 13 NFC teams (yes, 13) that are still fighting for five remaining playoff spots in the conference. The New Orleans Saints (10-3) and the Green Bay Packers (10-3) have already clinched a playoff berth and are trying to wrangle control for the lone bye and No. 1 seed. 

Of course, Washington is looking for the division title, so the more NFC East teams that lose in the remaining weeks the better. The division champion is locked into the fourth seed, even if Washington wins out. It does not matter what happens to the other division champs in the NFC.

The addition of a third Wild Card spot could possibly help the team from D.C. If Washington were to lose one of their remaining games and the Giants take back control of the division, Washington could still be fighting for the No. 6 or No. 7 Wild Card spots.

Entering the weekend, Washington is only a game out of the final spot. 

Keep in mind the only way Washington falls to a Wild Card position is by losing at least one game (which would also eliminate them from the No. 5 seed). There would have to be some crazy results in the final three weeks to shake some things up for Washington to not win the division AND make the playoffs. 

 

Seeds Washington is in contention for:

No. 4 (NFC East Champion)

No. 6 (Second Wild Card)

No. 7 (Third Wild Card)

Washington Week 15 Rooting Guide

Carolina Panthers (4-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (10-3)

Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8:15 p.m.

There's no real legitimate path for the Panthers and Washington to be in a position where they're fighting for a Wild Card spot. Root for the Packers because Washington can't pass Green Bay anyways and it could help Washington out if their Week 16 opponent is eliminated from the postseason. 

Seattle Seahawks (9-4) vs. Washington Football Team (6-7)

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1:00 p.m.

Always root for Washington. A win would guarantee that the team is still in the driver's seat for the division title. A loss and a Giants win completely flips the script. 

San Francisco 49ers (5-8) vs. Dallas Cowboys (4-9)

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1:00 p.m.

Instinct says to root for the 49ers here. However, the only way the Cowboys pass Washington in the standings is if they go undefeated and the Burgundy and Gold go winless. Neither seems very likely. It would actually behoove Washington in the Wild Card race if the Cowboys were to win. So as much as it might pain you, root for the Cowboys or a tie if you can't pull yourself to do it. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1:00 p.m.

The Falcons are out of the playoffs. The Bucs sit as the No. 6 seed. A Tampa Bay win would officially eliminate Washington from taking the No. 6 seed. So even if it only helps Washington in the slightest way, root for the Falcons.

Detroit Lions (5-8) vs. Tennessee Titans (9-4)

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1:00 p.m.

A loss would essentially knock the Lions officially out of playoff contention. Besides, it's AFC vs. NFC, always root AFC. Root for the Titans. 

Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-1) vs. Arizona Cardinals (7-6)

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 4:05 p.m.

This is really a no-win scenario for Washington. They want both teams to lose. A win by Arizona all but eliminates the chance for the Burgundy and Gold to get a back-door spot at a Wild Card spot. The Eagles, however, would make the division race real interesting if Washington can't beat the Seahawks. If you have to pick one, go with the route that helps Washington with the higher seed (the division). Root for the Cardinals.

Clevland Browns (9-4) vs. New York Giants (5-8)

Sunday, Dec. 20 at 8:20 p.m.

Don't make it complicated, root for the Browns.  A Washington win and Giants loss this week would mean Washington would only need to win one of their final two games to claim the NFC East title.