If politics makes for strange bedfellows, football makes for strange choices among fan bases. Redskins fans might not want to admit it, but the Dallas Cowboys did Washington a big favor on Sunday night.
Dallas took care of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night, winning 26-20, opening the door for the 'Skins to take back the sixth and final NFL playoff spot.
The Redskins had been in solid possession of that Wild Card spot for a few weeks until a bad loss in Arizona two weeks ago. That loss, combined with the Bucs five-game win streak, meant Jay Gruden's team fell from the sixth spot to the seventh, on the outside looking in on the playoffs.
Tampa's loss to Dallas drops their record to 8-6. The Redskins sit at 7-5-1 and will have the opportunity to get to 8-5-1 on Monday night against the Panthers.
Should the Skins beat the Panthers, they will be ahead of both the Bucs and Packers at 8-6, and in position to make the playoffs with two games remaining.
Boil it down, and the Dallas win again lets the Redskins control their playoff fate.
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