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      We’re still doing this?  Absolutely!  Despite all the compelling reasons to just let everyone go home and enjoy and extended offseason, this is not an option.  The games must be played, and therefore we the long-suffering fans will feel compelled to watch.  Even games no reasonable football fan would choose to watch like, for example, today’s Redskins Jets game.   

      Today’s convergence of sadness features the 30th ranked scoring offense (Jets 14.4 ppg) versus the 32nd (Redskins 12.0 ppg).  The first team to 15 wins!  With no playoff aspirations the compelling story lines for this game are largely limited to watching young players (hopefully) develop.  Dwayne Haskins gets his first home start and Derrius Guice is back from injury.   
       
      My, reasonable, goals for today’s game:  
      1- Score a touchdown 
      2- Score more than 17 points.   
      3- Haskins throws for 200 yards or more with no interceptions  
      4- Guice runs the ball at least 10 times and finishes at 3.5 yards per carry and healthy.  
       
      Hoping for a win at this point feels like setting myself up for disappointment, so I’m happy to settle for an entertaining loss.  
       
      Special thanks to @pez for some excellent Guinness beef stew.  If you absolutely have to stand in a frozen parking lot at 9am, the best place to do it is at the Extremeskins Tailgate with Pez and @Huly.  Great fans, great people. 
       
      The Redskins have declared for the following players as inactive: 
      Paul Richardson  
      Colt McCoy 
      Deshazor Everett 
      Chris Thompson  
      Ross Pierschbacher 
      Vernon Davis  
      Tim Settle  
       
      The Jets declared the following players as inactive  
      Nate Hairston  
      Darryl Roberts  
      Paul Worrilow 
      Matthias Farley  
      CJ Mosley  
      Jordan Willis  
      Leo Koloamatangi 
       
      1st Quarter - Redskins 0 - 6 Jets
      If you wanted to sit in the cold and watch a football game with some Jets fans at FedEx, but were worried that there were not enough seats available, I have good news.  There’s plenty of space available, so come on down and prove you’re a real fan by sitting though this in person.
       
      Jets dominated the 1st quarter even though they only scored 6 points.  The reason being that Washington managed only 13 yards of offense and a single first down.  
       
      Question: Is it still a check down pass if the QB never looks at anyone else?
       
      2nd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      The Jets have achieved an insurmountable 13 point lead early in the 2nd quarter.  All hope is lost.

      Is there a more perfect example of the Redskins offense than their first scoring drive in the 2nd quarter?  Interception gives the Redskins the ball on the Jets 16 yard line.  They proceed to march 10 yards backwards before kicking a field goal from the Jets 26.  It's perfect.  Two or three more field goals we can call it a day. 

      The Jets score again and if feels like they are are just piling on at this point.  Three touchdowns in the first half for them, just three points for the redskins.  Our streak of no touchdowns has now extended to 15 quarters. 
       
      3rd Quarter - Redskins 3 - 20 Jets
      There is a spider slowly descending from the ceiling in the press box and it's the most interesting thing that's happened during the third quarter of this game. 
       
      I have decided to allow the spider to live, provided it does not touch me.  I'm off to get some more caffeine. 

      4th Quarter - Redskins 17 - 34 Jets
      The first wave of Redskins fans, the few that are here, started streaming towards the exits after that 4th Jets touchdown.  As if the Jets didn't have this game wrapped up in the 2nd quarter. 
       
      Jet have now more than doubled their average points per game and have matched their season high of 34 points (and they missed two field goals in this game). 
       
      TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS!  THE DROUGHT IT OVER!  Guice took a short pass from Haskins  all the way to the house.  2 point conversion is successful on a pass from Haskins to Quinn. 
       
      The Redskins score another touchdown!  This feels like an embarrassment of riches, even if we are still certain to lose this game. 
       
      End of Game.
       
      Let's review those reasonable goals I mentioned earlier:
       
      1- Success.
      2- Close enough, I'm counting it
      3- Haskins did throw for over 200, but unfortunately did have an interception. 
      4- Guice was not given the opportunity to run the ball ten times today.  He did however score on a 45 yard TD pass and finish the game healthy.  I'll take it.
       
      Even though the Redskins lost, it was good to see the offense show some faint signs of life and end the streak of games without a TD.  The team looked competitive for much of the second half, and perhaps they could have made this a fun game if they carried that same energy throughout.  It was good to see Guice and Mclaurin show out today.  I think both of them have a future with this team that I look forward to seeing. 

       
       

       
       
       
       
       

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Is there any scenario where the Dallas Skins game has NO playoff implications?

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Holding tickets right now - trying to decide if I should sell high and save for a potential playoff appearance - ?? I suppose if we win next week and dallas drops this game and next week and the giants lost to the ravens then we would have it locked up going into week 16?

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Dallas loses today or next week, giants lose next week, and the Skins beat the Eagles next week. Then we'll go into week 17 a game up and owning all tiebreakers due to division record (I think).

Edit- scratch that, Dallas could tie our division and conference record with a week 17 win unless they lose to NO next week. Not sure what the next tiebreaker is after that.

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Dallas loses this week and next

Giants lose next week

We win next week

We will win the East right then and there

Steelers need to step it up right now because they look crappy right now!!

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If the following occurs:

-Redskins: win next week

-Giants: lose next week

-Cowboys: lose this week and next week

Then we would clinch the East before the Cowboys game. But I don't quite see that happening. Nevertheless, it is possible...

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Giants have to lose another one next two weeks and Dallas must lose to the steelers and NO. I do believe that if they lose to NO and beat the Steelers we still have the tiebreaker against them, better conference record.

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From what I just read, if 'Skins and Dallas finished tied, 'Skins get the tiebreaker due to being 2-1 against common opponents, so Dallas needs to go into the final week at least tied with the Redskins record.

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Dallas loses this week and next

Giants lose next week

We win next week

We will win the East right then and there

This is the correct response. Dallas must lose today AND next week. If they lose one out of two and we win against the Eagles they can STILL beat us and take the division.

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One other way to look at the question would be even if the Redskins were to clinch the division next week, could the Cowboys, at 7-8, still have a chance at the playoffs? Certainly not against the 49ers or Seahawks, who would both make it in (I'm giving the Seahawks 9 wins based on how they are doing so far today. 31 points by half again?? They are making the Skins output look puny by comparison).

It'll be interesting to see how things transpire as far as how the time of the Skins/Boys game might be altered.

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I think the cowboys only need to lose 1 game. If they lose today we win next week and giants lose I think that's all she wrote

No. If that were to happen and the Cowboys beat us in Week 17, they win the division on tie breakers.

I think . . .

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The reality of our playoff situation right now is that we have little motivation to cheer for anything except Redskins wins. If we win the last 2 games we win our division, but we can't get past the Falcons or the Packers, so we can't possibly get a first round bye. So, along as we win our last two games, we're guaranteed either the 3 or 4 seed with no chance at a first round bye, regardless of what additional help we have.

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Uggh, so far Steelers haven't shown up.

Give it time... it took the Redskins a little while to show up today as well. :)

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I think there's a good chance that the Cowboys @ Redskins game gets flexed into prime time.

I'm gonna be furious if that happens....my best friend's wedding is that day at 5:30pm.

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As long as the skins win next week, if they lose to dallas and finish 9-7, we make the playoffs if:

1) Giants lose 1 out of their last 2 AND

2) Seattle loses 1 of the last 2

3) Bears lose 1 of the last 2

4) Minnesota lose 1 of the last 2

If we win out, there is no scenario where we don't make the playoffs.

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I'm going to the Dallas game and while it would be fun and exciting to have to win to get in, it sure would help my sleeping if we somehow clinched a spot before then haha

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I'm going to the Dallas game and while it would be fun and exciting to have to win to get in, it sure would help my sleeping if we somehow clinched a spot before then haha

Well you can forget about it because the Redskins can't clinch without beating the boys and likely miss the playoffs if they lose either of theirs last two games. That's how huge the steelers losing today was.

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We didn't get any help from the Steelers today, but the Giants collapsed, so it's cool. We win next week and the NFC playoff picture will be finalized at FedEx.

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Well looks like we need to win the last two. The Pukes got two improbable wins back to back you have to give them cudos. On the other hand, they are lucky SOBs and I can't stand them...

Now for the people that are in the know, if they lose next week and they beat us I think we still are in first if the Giants lose. We have a better conference record.

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