Here is my weekly Redskins-centric look around the NFL:
—The only NFC East team in action on Sunday is the Giants, who visit the winless Browns. Everyone says that the Browns will win a game at some point and you might say that this is a classic trap game for the Giants, who have the Steelers and Cowboys in the next two weeks. But it seems likely that the Giants will get the win and move to 8-3, a game and a half ahead of the Redskins.
—If the Redskins can win three of their last five they would finish at 9-6-1. There are just a few teams that would be able to get to 10 wins, taking that last wild card spot from the Redskins, without running the table over their remaining games. One of those teams is the Bucs, who are 5-5. They have a tough game today against the Seahawks, arguably the best team in the NFC. The game is at Raymond James Stadium but you still have to think that the Seahawks will get it done. The schedule makers did the Seahawks a solid by putting this game at 4:05 for no particular reason. That means that Seattle will not have to start a game at what would be 10 a.m. in their normal time zone.
—Another team the Redskins will have to keep their eye on is the Cardinals. At 4-5-1 they could finish with the same record as the Redskins and their head-to-head meeting coming next week could decide a playoff spot if Arizona gets hot down the stretch. They have a road game in Atlanta, not an easy place to play. Although the Falcons’ defense is highly suspect, they can flat out score on anyone. Should the Cardinals lose, they would no path to 10 wins.
—The Eagles are 5-5 and they face the Packers (4-6) on Monday night. Green Bay is now on a four-game losing streak. We thought they would show that wounded animal fight last Sunday in Washington and to an extent they did—the game was closer than the 42-24 final score indicated. They probably will show the same fight against the Eagles and we’ll see how Carson Wentz and company respond to a desperate Aaron Rodgers.
—To close the loop here, the 6-5 Vikings are the only other team in the NFC that can get to 10 wins without running the table. The played on Thanksgiving and they host the Cowboys this Thursday.
—It’s important to note that all but two teams in the NFC can get to 10 wins and knock a 9-6-1 Redskins team out of the playoffs. In addition to the Cardinals the Panthers, Saints, Rams, and Packers all have four wins with six to play. It would behoove the Redskins to win at least four out of their last five but that will be a difficult task.
—So, to sum up who Redskins fans should be rooting for, it's the Browns, Seahawks, Falcons, Packers, and next Thursday, yes, the Cowboys.
—Last week I ran the table for the first time, going 3-0 on Sunday with the Cowboys, Redskins, and Seahawks all winning and covering. This week I have three more teams giving points with the Saints -7 over the Rams, the Seahawks -5.5 on the road vs. the Bucs, and the Falcons -4 against Cardinals.