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Redskins now control their playoff destiny

Redskins now control their playoff destiny

The Redskins have been handed an opportunity. Now they need to take advantage of it.

The Dallas Cowboys did their division foes a solid, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-20 on Sunday night football. The loss dropped the Bucs to 8-6. If the Redskins beat the Panthers tonight they will be 8-5-1 and in position to be the sixth seed in the playoffs.

Here are the realistic wild card playoff contenders in order of their current seeding and their remaining schedules:

Giants (10-4): @Eagles, @Redskins
Redskins (7-5-1): Panthers, @Bears, Giants
Packers (8-6): Vikings, @Lions
Bucs (8-6): @Saints, Panthers

The Redskins’ road to the playoffs is simple — win and in. If they win their remaining three games they will be 10-5-1. The Packers and Bucs can get to 10 wins but they would have six losses each and Washington would have a better winning percentage.

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If they win tonight the Redskins could clinch a playoff berth on Christmas Eve if they beat the Bears and the Packers lose to the Vikings at home and the Bucs fall in New Orleans. That seems unlikely, especially the Packers, Vikings result, but nobody thought that Green Bay would need a late Aaron Rodgers bomb to Jordy Nelson and a field goal as time expired to beat the Bears on Sunday.

Washington could also sneak its way in next week with a win tonight and, in Week 16, victory over the Bears, a Tampa Bay loss, a Green Bay tie and as long as the Lions-Cowboys game does not end in a tie, according to NFL Tiebreaker expert Joe Ferreira (@joenfl).

With three games left there are plenty of other paths for the Redskins to get to the playoffs without winning out. Per the website FiveThirtyEight.com the Redskins have between a 68 percent chance and a 72 percent chance of getting to the playoffs if they win two of their last three. That’s a lot less than the 100 percent chance that a 3-0 finish would bring but it points out the fact that there still is a lot of football to played.

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For now, the Redskins just need to take care of business tonight. Per FiveThirtyEight.com a win tonight moves their playoff chances from 53 percent to 72 percent. That would be a good start.

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Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Just four months shy of his last appearance on the NFL gridiron sidelines, Jay Gruden may already have his 2020 gig lined up, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Gruden was head coach of the Washington Redskins for six seasons, beginning in 2014 and going 35-49-1 in his burgundy and gold tenure. Gruden pushed the Redskins to their first postseason appearance since 2012 in his second year with the team, as well as back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, not seen in Washington since 1996 and 1997. 

In March 2017, Gruden signed a two-year extension with the Redskins. He was fired after beginning the 2019 season 0-5. 

Recently, Gruden confirmed to Rapoport that he was "itching for something to do" and seeking employment before Jacksonville brought him in to interview for the OC role. 

After playing four years at the University of Louisville and and eight more in various football leagues, Gruden held many offensive roles, offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

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Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera did plenty of research before accepting the job earlier this month.

Rivera spent 30-35 hours with Redskins owner Dan Snyder before agreeing to be the ninth head coach of the owner's tenure. Additionally, he reached out to legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and ended up spending several hours talking with him prior to accepting the job. The two originally spoke on the phone, before the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera over to his home in Charlotte last month to discuss even further.

On Tuesday, Gibbs spoke on the Carol Maloney show, where he revealed some of the topics he spoke with Rivera about. One of those included the involvement of Snyder, who Gibbs spoke glowingly about.

"Where I felt like I could help the most was telling [Rivera] what it was like working with Dan," Gibbs said. "When I was there, Dan did every single thing he could do to help us win and was never, in any way, an interference. He was always trying to help in every single way he could."

Additionally, Gibbs raved about the Redskins fanbase. He explained to Rivera that fans in D.C. understand football, have been following the team forever, and are some of the most passionate in the sport.

"The other thing I could do, I felt like, was tell him about what it's like coaching in the greatest city in the world with the greatest fans in the world," Gibbs said. "I did tell him I thought it was the greatest job in the NFL."

Gibbs told Maloney that he hates making predictions, but had a strong one about the future of the Redskins fanbase.

"I think our fan base will come roaring back," Gibbs said. "I think [FedEx Field] will be full of Burgundy and Gold. They're going to be cheering their guts out."

When asked if he believed Rivera was the right man to lead the Redskins, Gibbs explained he was thrilled by the hire.

"He was certainly a great choice," Gibbs said. "[He was] Coach of the Year twice, put a team into the Super Bowl. And I think he's kind of a man's man. I think he can talk to the players. And I think he's proven that he can get the job done."

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