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How Legitimate Are the Washington Redskins’ Playoff Chances?

November 7, 2012   ·   Tom Natali   ·   Jump to comments

Here’s the Redskins' schedule for the duration of the season: Eagles, at Dallas, Giants, Ravens, at Browns, at Philly and the Cowboys.
Those opponents have a combined 26 wins and 32 losses—that’s a .441 winning percentage. There are four home games and three away. Two of those are nationally televised (at Dallas on Thanksgiving and then a Monday Night Football game against the Giants).
There are six teams from each conference that earn a trip to the playoffs. In the NFC, I would say five of those are basically solidified: Falcons, Bears, 49ers, Giants and Packers.
That makes the sixth and final seed up for grabs. So where does that leave the Redskins?
To put it bluntly, they aren’t in good shape. Their injuries have stockpiled, their offense has slowed down and Mike Shanahan appears to be on the brink of losing the locker room.
However, we’ve been down this road before. The two most recent playoff appearances stemmed from late-seas...

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