Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 9, the day the Redskins play the Ravens at FedEx Field.
Blogging all morning, chatting at 12:30
The Minute-by-Minute blog, with news and nuggets to carry you up until game time, is live now and we will count you down all they way through the end of the game. I’ll also have a window set up with a running Twitter Q&A in which you will be able to participate.
We’ll have Tarik, Tandler, and Jen X reporting from the press box at FedEx Field for the biggest game in, well, six days. The chat will get going at 12:30 and go through the end of the game. Pull up a second screen and join in, it’s always a lot of fun.
See you then.
Who to root for
This could be a pivotal day in the Redskins’ playoff quest. They could have their playoff fate in their own hands by about 7:30 tonight. Or their hopes could be dealt a severe blow. Here are the games you’ll want to keep an eye on today while the Redskins take on the Ravens and who to root for.
Bengals over Cowboys—Sympathy has to go out to the Cowboys, who are dealing with the death of one teammate due to the irresponsible actions of another. But they still have to play the game. Here’s hoping they go out, play focused and hard, and lost to the Bengals to fall to 6-7.
Eagles over Bucs—Even though the Redskins do hold the tiebreaker over the Bucs with a head to head win, if more than two teams are tied that may not matter.
Panthers over Falcons—An Atlanta win wraps up home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Falcons host the Giants next week and it will help if Atlanta has something to play for.
Browns over Chiefs—Cleveland is on the Redskins’ schedule and a Browns win helps out Washington’s strength of schedule, which is down the list of tiebreakers but could come into play.
Steelers over Chargers—Same reason as you want the Browns to win.
Bears over Vikings—The Vikings also are 6-6 with a loss to the Redskins on their ledger. Pushing them behind the Redskins helps Washington’s chances. However, a Bears loss would drop them to 8-5 so that would put another wild card spot in play. So while a Minnesota loss helps the Redskins a bit more, there is a silver lining in a Chicago loss.
Cardinals over Seahawks—A Redskins win and a Seahawks loss puts the Washington into the second wild card spot. That would give the Redskins a 6-4 NFC record while Seattle would be 5-5.
Saints over Giants—If the Redskins beat the Ravens and the Giants lose, there would be at least a two-way tie for the division lead. Dallas could join the mix with a win. The Redskins would hold the tiebreaker advantage with a 3-1 division record while New York is 2-3 and the Cowboys are 3-2.
Lions over Packers—This one if fairly minor in the picture but, as noted with the Bears above, anything that brings a team back to the pack could open up another road to a wild card.