September 23, 2020

Washington Redskins: Playoffs Scenarios and Possibilities following Week 15 Action

Following a dominating performance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the Washington Redskins moved to 7-7 on the season and in sole possession of first place in the NFC East division. With the New York Giants loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers, it becomes quite simple for the Skins, as a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday Night Football clinches the division.

However even with a loss to the Cardinals this week, Philadelphia still controls their own destiny. Here is how the NFC East, without the already eliminated Dallas Cowboys, stack up with two games left in the season.

Redskins (7-7) Eagles (6-8) Giants (6-8)
at Eagles vs. Redskins at Vikings
at Cowboys at Giants vs. Eagles

The New York Giants need the most help to return to the postseason as they need the Redskins to lose out, while they will have to win out. Without any of the most important tiebreakers in their favor, things do not look good for Eli Manning to upset Tom Brady in the Super Bowl as he has done in the past two seasons where the two foes face off during the regular season.

Even if Washington has a letdown against the Eagles, they are not out of it. However, they would need to take care of business at Dallas and hope New York defends their home field against Philadelphia. It would not be ideal for the Redskins to let things slip out of their control, but postseason hopes will not be lost until Week 17 if at all.

It will be interesting to see if Jay Gruden opts to rest up banged up and/or healthy starters (i.e. Kirk Cousins) against the Dallas Cowboys if the Redskins are locked into the No. 4 seed with a victory against Philadelphia on Saturday.

(Photo by: Toni Sandys)

(Photo by: Toni Sandys)

Regardless how the season turns out, although playoffs would obviously be great, it has already been a success for the Washington Redskins who have matched their win total of the past two seasons combined. Kirk Cousins looks like the quarterback of the future, Jay Gruden has shown great improvement as a head coach, and Scot McCloughan looks like the mastermind of it all.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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