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Washington Redskins Week 17 Preview: Skins look to Clinch Playoff Berth

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Redskins aim to sweep rival Giants, clinch consecutive playoff berths for first time in 25 seasons

Head coach Jay Gruden expressed the Redskins were building something special after a 41-21 victory over the Bears on Christmas Eve. After winning a weak division last year, Washington can build off that success with a consecutive playoff berth. On Monday night, Washington received help from the Cowboys as they defeated Lions. As long as the GBvsDet game doesn’t end in a tie, the Redskins will clinch a playoff berth in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1991-92 seasons with a win over the New York Giants.

“It means a lot,” Coach Jay Gruden said of clinching another winning season. “I’m proud of that fact, obviously. It’s been a long time. We still have a ways to go, without a doubt. I think we’re building something special here. We’re a little disappointed that we’re not in better shape for the playoffs this year, but I think we’re trending up, as far as what we’re trying to build around here, and I’m happy with where we’re going.”

This is certainly a tricky game for the Giants. Eli Manning and company had a tough outing against Philadelphia last week and would like to gain some cohesion before the playoffs. With the Giants locked in as the fifth seed, Ben McAdoo could opt to treat the regular season finale like a preseason game. The playoffs officially begin this week for the Washington Redskins and they’ll be sure to give the Giants all they can handle regardless of who is in a Giant uniform.

My guess is that the New York starters play as if it’s a “dress rehearsal”. The Giants can not improve its playoff seeding with a win or loss, and with injuries to key quarterbacks the past few weeks, McAdoo and his staff would be wise to protect Manning from a Redskins pass rush that is tied for sixth in the NFL with 37 sacks.

It has been a bounce back year for the NFC East. After Washington was the only team with a winning record at 9-7 last year, the division could potentially send three teams to the playoffs. The Cowboys have won the division but two of their losses came against the New York Giants. Dallas swept Washington in the regular season but the Redskins have swept the Eagles and are primed for the season sweep against the Giants.

In week three, the Redskins avoided an 0-3 start by defeating the “G-Men” 29-27. Washington forced three Giant turnovers and overcame an 11-point deficit. Washington will need to stay balanced on offense as they head into the playoffs. Against Chicago they ran the ball 35 times compared to 29 passes by Kirk Cousins. Rob Kelley practiced in full this week after leaving the game against the Bears with a knee injury.

The Redskins offense will be receiving a huge boost with the return of Jordan Reed. Reed has been hampered with an AC joint injury since Thanksgiving, and has been limited since. With an opportunity to make franchise history, Jay Gruden’s squad will make the most of it. Washington 34 New York 20