The win over Seattle on Sunday kept the Redskins in the NFC Wild Card hunt with five games left in the regular season. The Giants (10-1) and Cardinals (7-4) lead their divisions outright; the Buccaneers and Bears lead theirs by tie-breaker.
Here’s how the non-outright leaders currently stack up, with their seed, record and remaining games.
2. Tampa Bay 8-3
Remaining: N.O., at Carolina, at Atlanta, S.D., Oakland
4. Chicago 6-5
Remaining: at Minn., Jacksonville, N.O., G.B., at Houston
5. Carolina 8-3
Remaining: at G.B., T.B., Denver, at Giants, at N.O.
6. Washington 7-4
Remaining: Giants, at Baltimore, at Cincinnati, Philadelphia, at S.F.
7. Atlanta 7-4
Remaining: at S.D., at N.O., TB, at Minn., St. Louis
8. Dallas 7-4
Remaining: Seattle, at Pitt., Giants, Baltimore, at Philadelphia
9. Minnesota 6-5
Remaining: Chicago, at Detroit, at Arizona, Atlanta, Giants
10. Philadelphia 5-5-1
Remaining: Arizona, at Giants, Cleveland, at Washington, Dallas
Keep in mind that Green Bay (5-5) and New Orleans (5-5) are ranked 11th and 12th, respectively, and they meet each other in the Big Easy on Monday Night Football.
Washington has the two games, both at home, against division foes (Eagles, Giants), but the other three are either AFC (Cincy, Ravens) or largely irrelevent (San Francisco in the regular season finale). The Redskins obviously need to win, but a win won’t help them all that much by taking other contendors down a notch; The Giants have all but locked up the NFC East, though the Eagles are not totally out of the picture.
Meanwhie there will be a lot of jostling with the Bucs, Falcons, Panthers, Bears and Vikings. More of this will shake out in the second two games on Thanksgiving Day, as Dallas plays host to the Seahawks at 4:15 p.m. and the Cardinals head to the Linc to take on the reeling Eagles in the late game.
Jim Zorn gave the Redskins the day off on Monday, but we’ll have more from the park in the morning as the coach is still slated to talk at 12:25 p.m. in Ashburn.