The Washington Commanders (7-6-1) nonetheless management their very own future within the NFC playoff race, holding the ultimate wild card.
But whereas their main competitors, the Seattle Seahawks (7-7), are reeling with 4 losses of their previous 5 video games, a brand new foe has entered the combination: the red-hot Detroit Lions.
The Lions (7-7) began 1-6 however have ripped off six wins of their previous seven. With their remaining video games at Carolina, vs. Chicago and at Green Bay, they simply might win out.
Washington, in the meantime, should go on the street to play the 49ers (winners of seven straight) after which return residence for video games in opposition to the Browns and Cowboys. None of these video games is a gimmee for Washington.
It’s unlikely Washington and Detroit would end with the identical file as a result of it could require the Lions to tie. If they do, nonetheless, the tiebreaker would go to Detroit. The Lions lone win of their first seven video games was a 36-27 victory over the Commanders in Week 2.
FiveThirtyEight.com’s playoff predictor tool offers the Lions a 40% likelihood to make the playoffs and the Commanders a 35% likelihood. Should Detroit win two of three, Washington’s playoff possibilities drop to 30%; if the Lions win out, the Commanders possibilities drop to 12%.
Credit Dan Campbell and his group for not giving up after a gradual begin. That additionally applies to Washington, which began 1-4.
The Commanders stay within the driver’s seat for the playoffs, however the Lions have all of the momentum.