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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 11/30/2010

Redskins' most viable path to playoffs is winning NFC East

By Jason Reid

With the Redskins (5-6) trailing many teams in the NFC wild-card standings, it would appear that winning the East division is their most viable path to securing a playoff berth.

"Just looking at how the NFC is this year, and where we're at, it looks like winning the division is our best chance," outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "There are so many teams ahead of us right now and with only five games to play, we'd probably have to win out and get some help to get one [of the two wild-card berths].

"But we still have a chance to win the division and get in that way. But we've got to start by playing with a sense of urgency and winning this next game against the [New York] Giants. That's the only way we can have a chance to do anything, in terms of the playoffs."

The Redskins face the Giants twice in their remaining five games, including Sunday at New Meadowlands Stadium. The Giants and Philadelphia Eagles (7-4) are tied atop the division, and the Giants are "another good team, another good team in our division," inside linebacker and defensive co-captain London Fletcher said. "We're two games back right now, so we've got a chance.

"We've probably got to run the table to have a chance, but it's really all about this next game now. This is the most important game of the season. It really all comes down to what we do in this next game. Like I said, it's a make-or-break situation. Do we want to give ourselves another chance next week or do we just want to play for pride" in the final four games.

The Redskins have dropped three of four, including Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field. Washington produced only 216 yards of total offense and converted only one of six third-down attempts after halftime.

The Vikings extended their lead to 10 points in the second half despite playing the final 40 minutes without star running back Adrian Peterson.

What gives the Redskins the belief they will defeat the Giants this week, let alone sprint to the finish in their final five games?

"We definitely can do it," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "Guys gonna keep playing hard, and we know we gotta keep winning. Ain't got no choice now."

By Jason Reid  | November 30, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
 
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Running the table in the East requires a solid run game, that means 3 healthy RB going into each game. Not 1 or 2.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 30, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

For some reason, I don't really want us to "run the table". I want us to get a high draft pick, so we can get some needed talent in camp next year. I want two receivers in the Offseason and it better happen: VJ83 and Julio Jones or AJ Green.

Posted by: roccoskins | November 30, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Beat the Giants.

That's all that matters.

Posted by: pdo3 | November 30, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

You can win passing.....

Running was Gibbs' thing....And the Ghost of the NFC East...

But me and Reid do agree the best way to the playoffs is to win the division. We still have a winning record in the division....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 30, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Just curious how many losses we need to have before Reid stops talking playoffs. Running the table? "We're just trying to win a damn game!"

Posted by: NYPDee | November 30, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Running the table? "We're just trying to win a damn game!"


Posted by: NYPDee | November 30, 2010 10:36 AM |

Sounding like Jim Mora

Posted by: roccoskins | November 30, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Running the table? "We're just trying to win a damn game!"


Posted by: NYPDee | November 30, 2010 10:36 AM |

Sounding like Jim Mora

Posted by: roccoskins | November 30, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Producing turnovers is fool's gold for this team. For all the turnovers we have, how many more points have we scored this year. Sometimes you need to stop people, period.

When you can't stop a team who has it's #2 RB in the game, it's 6 minutes left and you don't touch the ball again, you suck. The D-line is awful. Carriker has 10 solo takles in 11 games with .5 sacks, and he is one of our best.

Posted by: edavis291 | November 30, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Redskins' most viable path to playoffs is winning NFC East


Isn't this path for all teams in all divisions?

Just sayin'....

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 30, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, we always play so well up in NY. I'm sure a magical run to the playoffs will begin with a win against the Giants on the road. If we score 10 points, I'll be shocked.

Posted by: Section104 | November 30, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"Redskins' most viable path to playoffs is winning NFC East"

By Jason Reid

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"The sky is blue"

By Jason Reid

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"Water is wet."

By Jason Reid

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 30, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

not sure I see the redskins playing well up in NY...they've struggled up there recently, and given the offensive struggles all season long, I don't see that changing....the playoffs are not in their future....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 30, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

mmmmmm...turnovers....yum!

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | November 30, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The redskins most viable path to the playoffs is not a very viable path.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 30, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

we always play so well up in NY. I'm sure a magical run to the playoffs will begin with a win against the Giants on the road.


Given Eli's wishy-washy play, I expect a steady diet of Brandon Jacobs and play action passing.

They'll run Jacobs at us all day until we show we can stop him.

This is a game where I'd play more 4-3 thinking all I want to do is stop the run.

We'll see.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 30, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, can't figure out all this talk about playoffs either.

This team is going to be hard-pressed to win another game this season, let alone the division.

We might be competitive against Tampa Bay... or not.

As for the rest, don't think we're able to run with them dogs.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

For crying out loud Jason!!!! Go get your meds checked! Yes, running the table for 10-6/5-1 could, with help from the Phleagles, result in a Redskins division title. It is also about as likely as John Boehner proving to be a rational, cooperative partner in moving the nation forward.

Just as with the economy, recovery the Redskins recession will be slow and fraught with peril.

Posted by: fr3dmars | November 30, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Running the table with the likes of Rabach, Lichenstick, etc is like going into a gang fight with Richard Simmons and the Backstreet Boys as your backup. Give me a break

Posted by: ga8085 | November 30, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Redskins' most viable path to playoffs is a couple of good drafts and some timely FA acquisitions.

Posted by: edvar | November 30, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Newsflash to redskins players...you guys are old and your body cant hold up for the whole season.. We have no young backups to rely on and so have no choice but to play you old folks. This explains the inconsistency in win and lose columns for sooo many years..Even with this new regime nothing has changed. Giving away draft picks for old washed up players..why??? because Danny boy thinks the roster is good enough to win the SB.

Posted by: thewayitis | November 30, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Do we want to give ourselves another chance next week or do we just want to play for pride"
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Sadly enough, it seems that we're pretty much playing for pride in December in just about every season recently.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | November 30, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse


Newsflash to redskins players...you guys are old and your body cant hold up for the whole season.. We have no young backups to rely on and so have no choice but to play you old folks. This explains the inconsistency in win and lose columns for sooo many years..Even with this new regime nothing has changed. Giving away draft picks for old washed up players..why??? because Danny boy thinks the roster is good enough to win the SB.

Posted by: thewayitis | November 30, 2010 11:24 AM |

same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The accountant in me sees to big of a glaring hole for entrance into the playoffs to ignore it......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 30, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse


The accountant in me sees to big of a glaring hole for entrance into the playoffs to ignore it......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 30, 2010 11:36 AM |

that sums it up 4th. alot of wishing, but not much hope

Posted by: hessone | November 30, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Don't think this team is talented enough, nor determined enough to win out. They will be playing with some inexperienced guys at key positions. This late into the season, that's ask for disaster.

Posted by: TWISI | November 30, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Redskins have just as much chance to make the post season or win the division as the Wizards do........and thats zippy.

Posted by: FedorEm | November 30, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

For some reason, I don't really want us to "run the table". I want us to get a high draft pick, so we can get some needed talent in camp next year. I want two receivers in the Offseason and it better happen: VJ83 and Julio Jones or AJ Green.

Posted by: roccoskins | November 30, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

That would be great. Except for the fact that we have a greater need at OL & DL. Don't forget where games are won. We are in no position to have a luxury pick of a WR and judging by where we will be picking, 12-15. Green will be off the board and JJ isn't in his league. The prudent thing would be to trade down, if possible.

I'd take VJax in FA but I never would have traded for him (like many up here were dying to do). BTW- VJax played 3 plays on Sunday and went out w/ an "injury".

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 30, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Whatever it takes to focus on winning but, c'mon, people, who are we kidding here? Let's focus on a way of staying remotely competitive with the Giants...

Posted by: winker2233 | November 30, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"Playoffs? Playoffs?" Exactly...let's focus on staying remotely competitive with the Giants next week.

Posted by: winker2233 | November 30, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"Playoffs? Playoffs?" Exactly...let's focus on staying remotely competitive with the Giants next week.

Posted by: winker2233 | November 30, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, we can't even start to think about the playoffs. Let's just hope no one gets killed with the Giants pass rush comin' hard. Hey, they couldn't stop the Vikings pass rush how the hell can they stop the GMen with our sieve line!

Posted by: joeboggs | November 30, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

not sure I see the redskins playing well up in NY...they've struggled up there recently, and given the offensive struggles all season long, I don't see that changing....the playoffs are not in their future....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 30, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I agree, but I have to mention the game, like, ten years ago, when we went up north and creamed 'em. I think we scored in the high 40's or even 50 that day. Only a real fan would remember.

Posted by: bostskin | November 30, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Playoffs? Its really nice to see the players are still this optimistic, however at this point it appears their aspirations may be somewhat delusional.

Posted by: wagman1 | November 30, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Redskins have 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th round pick next year. Assuming the 1st and 2nd pick will be used primarily to get a QB and WR..that leaves us with 3 picks to get a couple of OL, RB, DT, DE, LB, CB, and maybe a Safety. I predict Raback, Hicks, Brown, Kory, Daniels, Carter, London, Kareem, Carlos still here. Another mediocre year from this team..

Posted by: thewayitis | November 30, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"Redskins' most viable path to playoffs is winning NFC East." Right. And the most viable path to my financial freedom is winning the lottery. Both are at equal odds!

Posted by: tmkelley | November 30, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

predict Raback, Hicks, Brown, Kory, Daniels, Carter, London, Kareem, Carlos still here. Another mediocre year from this team..

Posted by: thewayitis | November 30, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

What, no love for Trent?

Posted by: bostskin | November 30, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

bost, remember the game fondly, BJohnson had a good game as did SDavis...didn't BJohnson fumble the ball, then pick it up and run it in while patting himself on the head or was that another game...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 30, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

While Santana doesn't appear to feel the need to do much more than "don't worry, be happy" in the remaining five games -- we are informed by reliable sources inside Redskins Park that AH92 has already rented a post office box at FEDEX Field for the remainder of the season. The sources say the big dude reportedly plans to "mail it in" for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, a source working for Dan Snyder Enterprises says the team is running a special promotion inside the Redskins locker room -- called "R U IN" -- to encourage players to help fill the club level seats at the stadium for the last two home games of the season, a meaningless December 12 against perennial doormat Tampa Bay, and another meaningless "play me, pay me" game on January 2 against the New York Giants.

Each player will reportedly be given an allotment of 200 seats for each game to fill in whatever way they can -- including illegal immigrants, child molesters, members of Congress, in-laws and other convicted felons -- and the player who fills the most seats will be allowed to skip the team's "optional" off-season conditioning program.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 30, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Win the NFC East?! You have got to be kidding. This team is, and will continue to be, mediocre at best. It is ludicrous to talk about the Redskins making the playoffs! I'm thinking that 7-9 may be a stretch.

Posted by: nrjlh | November 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

F Playing for pride...

Posted by: jiza32 | November 30, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Everyone might as well clean out there lockers pick up there checks and take there half hearted try at a football game home with them to there Mansions...

Posted by: jiza32 | November 30, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"We definitely can do it," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "Guys gonna keep playing hard, and we know we gotta keep winning. Ain't got no choice now."

...which kind of makes me wonder, if that's all it takes, why did they choose to lose the six they have so far? Wouldn't it have been a better choice to win those? And if you didn't choose to win those six, doesn't that imply that you weren't playing all that hard to begin with? And don't you have to have BEEN winning in order to KEEP winning?

I'm just asking, you know, so I can be sure I understand. Because it seems like the total lack of grasp on reality in the second part of the quote, could potentially undermine our confidence in the first part.

Posted by: jeffgraham117 | November 30, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but this is a great chance to "experiment" with guys that don't get to see alot of game time experience or limited time. These last 5 games should act as a report card for ALL Redskins players! If you fail (a la Fat Albert taking a break during a play to admire Vick), you should not expect to be back on this team.
What has happened this year is typical, as over the years, it has been status quo to give up draft picks for older, big-name signings that don't pan out.
Jack Kent Cooke is rolling in his grave....

Posted by: J_E_K_Y_L | November 30, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey McNabb, this would be a good week for your hammie to flare up. Let Rex take this beat-down.

Posted by: coparker5 | November 30, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Paloffs is NOW!!!

Well, if believing that'll keep them playing hard, then great. But who are the iggles going to lose to? Giants and Texans? Who owns the tiebreaker?

Started the season saying I'd be happy with 8-8, and I'm sticking to it.

Posted by: WorstSeat | November 30, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"Redskins' most viable path to playoffs is winning NFC East".


AHAHAHAHAHA!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! That's a good one! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

WOW! Thanks Jason Reid. I needed a good laugh to carry me through the afternoon. Redskins winning the NFC East.....riiiiiight, sure that'll happen.

Hahahahaha....hahaha....hahaha....haha. OK, back to work. Hahaha....uhhuhhaha....

Posted by: Monk81_Green28 | November 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I almost forgot.

Excuse me Jason "Captain Obvious" Reid.....that's the dumbest headline ever. Next are you going to tell us that they only way to win a game is to outscore the opponent?

Posted by: Monk81_Green28 | November 30, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Can we just try not to get humiliated by 30 points? Let's shoot for that.

Posted by: wbbradb | November 30, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

We've lost 3 out of 4. Our Defense is last in the league. Our offense can't be far behind our defense.......win the division? Make a playoff run?? You'r joking, right???

Posted by: Riggo2 | November 30, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Torain healthy could help in the running game but I just don't see him carrying the load. We don't have the receivers to win it with a passing game if we don't throw defenses off balance. For a playoff run we need a two TE set.

Cooley is good. If we only had a second TE who could catch. Oh yeah, Fred "Big Play" Davis. Forgot all about him because Kyle keeps calling dink/dunk passes underneath. If we ran 10 plays a game in that setup we'd see a big change in offensive production.

Especially on third downs...we need the extra protection or maybe one (or both) go out for a pass. If the LB's blitz and you get it to Cooley or Davis with only the safety to beat...its going to be a big play.

Why do we try to match players to scheme and not scheme to players????

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | December 1, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

This team has hit rock bottom! Danny has succeeded in destroying a solid team. I love this team just as much as any other die hard fan, but make the playoffs, reality check....not anytime soon until we can get some younger players and management that has a clue. This is getting old!!!! Go Ravens!

Posted by: jhoop99 | December 1, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Which way will the gnome face Sunday?

Stay tuned.

http://www.giantsgnome.com/

Posted by: giantsgnome | December 1, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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