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Enemy Intel: Four teams could be the Redskins' first-round opponent

Enemy Intel: Four teams could be the Redskins' first-round opponent

There is one playoff berth left to be decided in the NFC and the Redskins can claim that prize with a win on Sunday. But there is still more to be sorted out including who the Redskins would play in the first round of the playoffs should they qualify.

The Cowboys are locked in as the No. 1 seed; they will get a first-round bye and the road to the Super Bowl will go through AT&T Stadium. The only other seed decided is the Giants as the No. 5 seed, the top wild card. They will travel to play the No. 4 seed, the lowest-seeded division winner, next weekend.

So the second, third, fourth, and sixth seeds are up in the air. If the Redskins win tomorrow and there is a winner and a loser in the Lions-Packers game they will get that No. 6 seed. They would travel to play the No. 3 seed and that spot is fluid now with the possibility that one of four teams could end up there.

Those four teams are the Lions, Packers, Falcons, and Seahawks. The Falcons and Seahawks have locked up the NFC South and NFC West, respectively. The Packers are three-point favorites at Detroit Sunday night while the Falcons are -7 at home over the Saints and the Seahawks are giving 9.5 at the 49ers.

If the favorites prevail, Falcons will be the No. 2 seed with the Seahawks the third and the Packers the fourth. But if Atlanta gets upset and Seattle wins, the Seahawks get the second seed and the week off that goes with it.

The Lions are a longer shot for the No. 2 seed, needing a win and losses by both Atlanta and Seattle to get there. The Packers can earn no better than the three seed if they beat the Lions.

If the Seahawks win, they are guaranteed no worse than the No. 3 seed.

There are other possibilities that include ties and those aren’t worth discussing. If the Redskins can grab that six seed, their possible opponents in order of likelihood are:

1. Seahawks
2. Packers
3. Falcons
4. Lions

The Redskins opponent could be decided by the time their game against the Giants is over. Both the Falcons and Seahawks play in the same late afternoon window and if they both win, the Redskins will know they are headed to Seattle if they get in. If one or both lose they will have to wait until the conclusion of Lions-Packers to find out where they may be headed.

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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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