Last week I dumped cold water on those discussing playoffs, saying, “until the Redskins reach .500 I’d rather not fire up the playoff scenario machine.” Since then, though, Washington won at Dallas and everyone ahead of Washington in the wild card chase lost.
So, despite New York beating Green Bay to stay two games up in the NFC East, the Skins’ playoff chances jumped from 13 percent to 24 percent (via coolstandings.com. That breaks down to a 16 percent chance of winning the division vs. only an eight percent chance of a wild card.
The division route is pretty simple: Beat NY next Monday night and pick up another game or two on them in December. The wild card route is of course murkier, but the Skins’ schedule is a comparatively easy one.
Either way, the Skins need to win four of their last five to make it happen. It’s a longshot, but, after 3-6, I’ll take it.