The Washington Redskins have been out of the NFL playoff picture for several weeks now, but that doesn't mean that their season is over. There's still plenty to play for. Pride. Momentum. Draft position. And oh yeah, making sure that a division rival stays home from the playoffs as well would be pretty nice.
With a win today and a loss by the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants can return to the playoffs. With a loss, they would miss out for the second year in a row after promising starts each year. A loss could also cost coach Tom Coughlin his job.
The Redskins will also continue evaluating players today. Several young individuals like Anthony Bryant and Rob Jackson made significant contributions defensively last week, and could earn 2011 roster spots with repeat performances. The Redskins will also be judging whether Rex Grossman is qualified to remain the starting quarterback heading into next season.
The only active Redskins player that missed practice on Friday and appears unlikely to play is Carlos Rogers. He is listed as questionable, along with eight other players who participated in practice, including Brian Orakpo and Brandon Banks. The Giants will be missing Hakeem Nicks, Shaun O'Hara, and Dave Tollefson.
Today's game has been moved to 4:15 PM to allow for a bigger audience since it contains playoff implications. The Giants are sure to be keeping an eye on the score in Green Bay as the Packers' game against the Chicago Bears is at the same time.