The NFC East has been awful this season. If it weren’t for the equally as bad AFC South, it would be the worst division in football.
But, while a lot of the attention has been cast on the struggling Dallas Cowboys (2-7), Philadelphia Eagles (4-5), and the division-leading New York Giants (5-5), there is a fourth team in the division.
So now for the first time since taking over as head coach of the Redskins last season, Jay Gruden and his team has a chance to not only make the playoffs, but also win the division.
Looking at all four teams in the division, the Redskins have the easiest remaining schedule, and aside from this week’s game against the Panthers, every game is winnable.
Compare that to the rest of the division, and the Cowboys and Eagles have the hardest schedules.
The biggest difference in the teams’ schedules is the fact that Washington still has four games remaining against teams inside the division, where as every other team only has two games left against divisional opponents.
That puts Washington in the driver seat since games against teams in their division give them the best chance to gain ground.
And looking back through the first 10 weeks of the season, the Redskins have been within striking distance in almost every game. Aside from Washington’s Week 3 loss to the Giants and it’s loss two weeks ago in Foxborough to the Patriots, you can make the argument the Redskins had a chance to win every other game.
Also, compared to the other three NFC East franchises, Washington is the healthiest at the moment.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and corner back DeAngelo Hall both returned to the field last week, and line backer Ryan Kerrigan is active for this Sunday’s game against the Panthers after having been sidelined the last few weeks due to a hand injury.
The Giants saw Victor Cruz go down this past weekend and he is out for the year, the Eagles have been banged up and Sam Bradford is going to be sidelined with various injuries, and the Cowboys have been without major play makers Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for most of the season to this point.
The best bit of news surrounding the Redskins has been the play of “Captain Kirk” Cousins. (Knock on wood, knock on wood, knock on wood)
Cousins has had the highest passer rating (117.1) and highest completion percentage (71.4) of any QB in the league since Week 7.
All these factors give the Redskins the best chance to win the NFC East, and you know what, they will.