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Redskins' playoff scenarios heading into Week 13 vs. Cardinals

Redskins' playoff scenarios heading into Week 13 vs. Cardinals

The Redskins enter their Week 13 matchup with the Cardinals in a interesting position.

At 6-4-1, the Redskins are in a favorable spot to make the NFL Playoffs but with a bevy of difficult teams still remaining on their schedule and the Cardinals also having a tie on their record, the Redskins' playoff scenario could change in an instant.

In the first installment of CSNMA's NFL Playoff Scenario analysis, we took a look at the teams that can clinch a spot this week with a win and teams that can remove themselves from the playoff race with a loss. The Redskins don't fall into either of those categories.

But here is what we know about the Redskins' playoff chances heading into Week 13.

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The Redskins enter Week 13 as the #6 seed in the NFC with a 6-4-1 record. If the Redskins had beaten the Bengals instead of drawing a tie, they would sit at 7-4. However, even a win over the Bengals would not be enough to jump up to the #5 seed, currently occupied by the 8-3 Giants.

However, if the Redskins had lost to the Bengals and entered Week 13 with a 6-5 record, the Redskins would be the #7 seed — on the outside looking in — behind the Buccaneers based on conference record (Tampa is 5-3 to Washington 4-3 and Minnesota's 4-5).  Washington would be the #7 seed over the Vikings based on their head-to-head win in Week 10.

With two losses to Dallas and the Giants in between, Washington should focus on Wild Card possibilities vs. repeating as division champion.

Two losses to the Cowboys have made the Redskins' chances of repeating as NFC East champs all but gone. Instead, grabbing the top Wild Card spot is the ideal playoff scenario, with the second Wild Card spot as a fine consolation prize. Heading into Week 13, the Redskins have a 35-percent chance to miss the playoffs and 64-percent chance to be a Wild Card team (other less than 1% is division champ), according to PlayoffStatus.com. 

The best-case scenario for the Redskins in Week 13 is to beat the Cardinals but also have the Chargers beat the Buccaneers and the Steelers beat the Giants.  If those scenarios occur, the Redskins' chances to make the playoffs jump to 79 percent, according to PlayoffStatus.com.

Conversely, if the worst-case scenario happens and those three results are reversed, the Redskins would then have a 60-percent chance of MISSING the playoffs.  

It's a big week.

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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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