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Playoffs on the Line for Washington

With the season winding down, and the Washington Redskins looking to stay alive in the playoff hunt, Kirk Cousins will lead the Redskins to Los Angeles to play the recently hot Chargers.

Cousins will use the final quarter of the season to return the Redskins to the playoffs. Washington currently sits three games out of the playoffs with a 5-7 record. The Panthers and Seahawks currently hold the two NFC Wild Card spots with 8-4 records. The Atlanta Falcons are one game behind at 7-5, while the Lions, Packers and Cowboys all hold 6-6 records.

After the trip to Los Angeles, Washington returns home to host the Cardinals (5-7) and Broncos (3-9), then close out the season on the road against the Giants (2-10). Washington has the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL, based on opponent Super Bowl winning odds.

The final quarter of the season is setup for the Redskins to win out and finish the year with a 9-7 record, but it’s out of their hands if nine wins can reach the playoffs in a tough NFC. Lucky for Washington, the Panthers, Falcons, Cowboys and Seahawks all place in the Top 10 in the NFL for hardest remaining schedule.

The Redskins also hold the tie breaker over the Seahawks, as Washington beat Seattle 17-14 in early November, which means Cousins’ Redskins just need to match the Seahawks record to swipe the last Wild Card spot.

Written by: Ben Faunce