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NFL Playoff Picture: Redskins Remain Alive In NFC East With Win Over Giants

Some might have you believe that the Washington Redskins have already been elminated from the NFL Playoffs. That's simply not the case. As they enter today's critical game against the New York Giants, the problem for the Redskins is that they still need a lot of help to qualify for the postseason.

The Redskins are currently 5-6, and would be 6-6 with a win. Perhaps more importantly though, beating the Giants would make the Redskins 3-1 in the NFC East. The team would remain two games behind the Philadelphia Eagles, but if the Eagles were to somehow stumble, losing their remaining division games to the Giants and Cowboys, Washington could actually be in a decent position to make the playoffs. The Eagles are currently 2-1 in the division, and the Giants are 1-2. With division record being the first tiebreaker, it still remains possible that the Redskins could win the NFC East if they can make up two games on the Eagles.

Likely, no. But possible, yes.

The Redskins could also make the playoffs as an NFC Wild Card team, but they would need many more teams to lose for that to happen. Aside from the Eagles and Giants, the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, and Green Bay Packers all have at least seven wins, and would remain at least one win ahead of the Redskins, even if Washington does beat New York today.