Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 11, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Bears in Chicago.
How will the Redskins finish the season?
With the Redskins headed into the last quarter of the season, it’s time to break out the $100 in imaginary casino chips and bet them on what their record will be when the dust settles after the game at AT&T Stadium on January 3.
5-6 wins—$30: It’s hard for me to see them going winless the rest of the way. I think that just one more win is a possibility given their road woes and the fact that three ofthe remaining four are on the road.
7 wins—$50: This seems to be the sweet spot. Under this scenario, they go into Chicago and beat the Bears (1-8 at home) but lose to the Bills, who are a pretty good team, at FedEx Field. Then they split their last two on the road, probably losing in Philly and then beating the Cowboys, a team they never should have lost to last Monday.
8-9 wins—$20: This would be drawing to an inside straight, forcing them to win multiple road games and put a winning streak together and they have done neither this year. The thing is, winning each game individually seems possible so that’s why I’m putting a twenty down on this. But too much has to go right for them to run the table or go 3-1. Maybe if they can get the running game going they could put up a good finish.
Let’s pull out another C-note and put it down on their chances of these win totals getting them into the playoffs:
Playoffs with 5-6 wins—$0: There’s just no way that both the Eagles and the Giants win just one more game. Even if that happens I don’t think the tiebreakers would come out in the Redskins’ favor.
Playoffs with 7 wins—$35: If the two wins are against the Eagles and Cowboys, a 4-2 division record and a sweep over the Eagles would have them in pretty good shape.
Playoffs with 8-9 wins—$65: They are automatically in with nine wins of course and they have a pretty good shot with eight if two of the wins are division games. The Giants would have to win out in order to finish ahead of them.
—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:55; Jay Gruden and Sean McVay news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 1:00
—Days until: Redskins @ Bears 2; Bills @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Eagles 15
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