With the 38-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, on December 26, 2015, the Washington Redskins clinched the NFC East division of the National Football League. The Skins also solidified the #4 playoff seed in the NFC.
With the 4th seed, the Redskins will host a playoff game against the #5 seed at FedEx field on January 9th or 10th, 2016.
Who will the Redskins play? The Redskins opponent is still yet to be determined. There is one more week of regular season games in the NFL. The Redskins will definitely play one of three teams: Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, or Minnesota Vikings.
Here is how the scenarios will play out to see which team the Redskins will host:
If Seattle defeats the Arizona Cardinals at Arizona and the Packers beat the Vikings in Green Bay, then Green Bay will win the NFC North and get the #3 seed. The Vikings would drop to the #6 seed; thus, the Redskins would host Seattle as the Seahawks would be the #5 seed.
Green Bay Packers
If the Packers lose to the Vikings at home, then Minnesota would win the NFC North division and secure the #3 seed; thus, pushing the packers to the #5 seed where they would play the Skins.
If the Vikings lose to the Packers and the Seahawks lose to the Cardinals then the Vikings would get the #5 seed and play the Skins at Fedex field.
Week 17 Games of Importance in Determining the Redskins’ Playoff Opponent
Sunday January 3, 2015 at 4:25 p.m.: The Arizona Cardinals are favored by 4 1/2 points over the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona.
Sunday January 3, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.: The Green Bay Packers are favored by 3 points over the Minnesota Vikings in Green Bay.
The Redskins will play in Dallas against the rival Cowboys. This game has zero playoff implications. The Redskins cannot jump higher in the seeding than number 4 nor can they fall back if they were to lose. Thus, the prudent move for head coach Jay Gruden would be to sit many starters for this heated rivalry game. However, players and fans alike would love to see a victory over the Cowboys to finish off the season.
Practically no one had the Washington Redskins in the playoff picture at all. Here they are. Welcome to Fedex Field Seahawks, Packers, or Vikings.