Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, Nov. 25, eight days before the Redskins take on the Giants at FedEx Field.
Who to root for
As was noted here yesterday, the division title is not the only route the Redskins have to get to the playoffs. They have wild card possibilities but they need some help. As you watch the Red Zone channel or check out scores on your phone while out holiday shopping, here are the teams you should be rooting for (home team in bold).
Bears (7-3) over Vikings (6-4)—A Minnesota loss pulls the Vikings to within a game of the Redskins and Washington holds the tiebreaker advantage thanks to their win when the teams met last month.
Dolphins (4-6) over Seahawks (6-4)—The Seahawks make the NFL’s longest road U. S. road trip as they go 2729 miles to play a 1:00 game. Seattle plays three of its last five at home, where they are 5-0, so teams chasing them need to lose every road game possible.
Falcons (9-1) over Bucs (6-4)—This is just like the Vikings situation. If the Bucs lose, they will be just a game ahead of the Redskins with Washington holding the tiebreaker advantage thanks to their head to head win in September.
49ers (7-2-1) over Saints (5-5)—Colin Kaepernick apparently will get his second NFL start and he could do the Redskins a big favor by doing what Robert Griffin III did in his first NFL start—going into the Superdome and beating the Saints. That win in September gives the Redskins the tiebreaker edge over the Saints.
Packers (7-3) over Giants (7-4)—In addition to the Redskins and their fans, the suits at ESPN also are rooting for Green Bay to beat New York. That would give them a very attractive matchup with RG3 and the Redskins going for a first-place tie with the Giants a week from tomorrow. It would set up the most important December game at FedEx Field in five years.
Keenan Robinson status still up in the air
When Mike Shanahan spoke to reporters on Friday seemed to be pretty sure that rookie linebacker Keenan Robinson’s season was over due to a torn pectoral muscle. He cautioned, however, that the diagnosis was preliminary and that an MRI would be done to see exactly what the extent of the damage was.
The Redskins aren’t looking for a roster replacement for Robinson just yet. John Keim of the Washington Examiner reported the following on Twitter:
FWIW: Heard from Keenan Robinson via text that they're still not sure about his injury. Said they will take another look Monday.
Then Chris Russell of ESPN 980 posted this follow up tweet:
Adding to what Keenan Robinson told JK, he's not only not sure if it's partial/ full or even torn, believes he might still be able to play.
Any optimism from these updates should be tempered by the knowledge that they come from the player and players frequently have unwarranted optimism when it comes to being able to play after injuries (see Brandon Meriweather saying that he would play against Dallas). But the situation bears watching.
Players off, no availability.
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Days until: Monday night Giants @ Redskins 8; Ravens @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Eagles 28; 1st round NFL playoffs 41