Tha Sports Junkies 101

Predicting The Final Five Games For The Redskins

five Troy Corbin Jr. via flickr


With five game remaining, the Redskins look to secure a playoff bid.

Currently ranked sixth in the NFC playoff standings, the Washington Redskins are in a prime position to make the playoffs. With five games remaining against NFC foes, Washington can begin to separate from the rest of the pack with several five straight wins.

Before the start of the season, I predicted a 10-6 finish for the Redskins. At 6-4-1 Washington can surpass those expectations with some victories down the stretch. Lets take a look at how the Redskins can potentially exceed those expectations and close out the season with five wins in a row.

Week 13: at Arizona (4-6-1)

When the schedule first came out, this appeared to be an automatic loss for the Redskins. Fortunately for them, the Cardinals haven’t lived up to the preseason hype. The Cards were Super Bowl contenders in August, but a loss against Washington on Sunday would essentially those aspirations. In 2014, Kirk Cousins had one of the worst games of his career in the desert, as he threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter.

The Cards have the talent to easily hand Washington its fifth loss but Kirk Cousins is emerging into a franchise quarterback. Cousins will atone for that bad fourth quarter two years ago and carry the Skins’ to victory. (7-4-1)

Week 14: at Philadelphia (5-6)

The Eagles were undefeated at home until a loss Monday night against the Green Bay Packers. Philly has whooped up on some solid teams at home (Atl, Pit, Min) and they just play with better energy within the confines of Lincoln Financial Field. Washington has owned the Eagles as of late, winning the last four games including a sweep in 2015.

Make no mistake about it  this will be a close game, but Philadelphia lacks the playmakers on offensive side of the ball to score enough points in this contest. (8-4-1)

NFL Tickets

Week 15: Carolina (4-7)

Like Arizona, the Carolina Panthers are one of the more disappointing teams in the entire NFL. After going 15-1 last year and representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, the Panthers appeared primed for another championship run in 2016. Now they’re primed for a losing season.

This game will be centered around Josh Norman playing against his former team as it should be. Although players won’t admit it but the Panthers defense hasn’t been the same since they lost Norman.  Carolina’s secondary has been a mess all season, ranking 29th in passing yards allowed. They are also ranked 24th in scoring defense. Cam Newton is 3-0 in his career against Washington but this the year he drops to 3-1 (9-4-1)

Week 16: at Chicago (2-9)

The Chicago Bears are one of the worst teams in the NFL. At 2-9 they are slated for a top-5 draft selection and possibly a new head coach after the season. The Bears play hard despite their shortcomings but the Redskins should be able to leave Soldier Field with their 10th win of the season. (10-4-1)

Week 17: New York Giants

New York is already ahead of the Redskins in the standings but with five games remaining A LOT can still happen. At 8-3 the Giants have a firm grip on the fifth seed in the NFC. “Big Blue” has one of the more stronger schedules remaining. They head to Pittsburgh this week, then host Dallas and Detroit before road games at Philly and Washington. Although the Giants have six straight wins against sub-par competition, they’ve taken care of business.

My guess is that the Giants are bound to take at least three losses down the stretch. The Steelers, Cowboys, Lions and Redskins are all contending for the playoffs. The Eagles may not be, but would love to play spoiler to their NFC East foes in the final five weeks. However, if both Washington and New York wins out this game may have added value. Regardless, I like Washington to do something they’ve haven’t done since 2011. Sweep the New York Giants.