Here is what you need to know on this Monday, November 26, seven days before the Redskins take on the Giants at FedEx Field.
Giants just need to lose sometime
Last night as the Packers fell further and further behind the Giants I was getting despairing tweets asking me if the Redskins’ chances of taking the NFC East were over.
The answer is that the Redskins are still very much alive for the NFC East title but they need help. The Packers didn’t give them any so someone else, probably two other teams, will have to give it to them.
Washington is 5-6 with a 2-1 record in the division while New York is 7-4, 2-2. If the Redskins manage to beat the Giants, they will be 6-6 and a game back with four to play. If New York splits its four games after that (Saints, @Falcons, @Ravens, Eagles) they would be 9-7. Assuming that one of their wins is over the Eagles they would have a 3-3 record in the NFC East.
Continuing under the scenario that the Redskins win next Monday and the Giants split their last four games, Washington would need to go 3-1 in its last four games (Ravens, @Browns, @Eagles, Cowboys) to catch the Giants. If their one loss is against one of the two AFC teams, they would have a better division record than New York, giving them that tiebreaker, and a head-to-head sweep over the Cowboys should Dallas also finish 9-7.
So, the bottom line is that if the Redskins beat the Giants and Cowboys and finish 9-7 they will win the division if New York also finishes 9-7.
That all is much easier said than done. The first big challenge will be beating the Giants, who do have a recent history of stumbling after big wins. The Redskins, of course, had them dead to rights in the Meadowlands last month before Victor Cruz got past double coverage to catch the game-winning bomb from Eli Manning.
Even if the Giants don’t cooperate and lose enough down the stretch, the Redskins do have wild card possibilities. We will delve into those in some depth later today.
Players return to Redskins Park after getting the weekend off, schedule TBA.
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Days until: Monday night Giants @ Redskins 7; Ravens @ Redskins 13; Redskins @ Eagles 27; Cowboys @ Redskins 34