by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — As crazy as it sounds, the Washington Redskins are not out of the playoff picture. A win next Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles and argument could be made they’re in the thick of it.

Insane? Perhaps a tinge ‘nutty’ given Washington’s paltry 3-6 record, but the remaining schedule lends credence to the madness.

On Monday, injured defensive end Adam Carriker used his radio show, 4th & Pain, to share his reasons for being optimistic about the remainder of the season.

Five of the Redskins’ final seven games are against division opponents, making a theoretical climb out of the NFC East basement plausible.

The New York Giants, losers of two straight, are leaving the door open for any of the three struggling division opponents to make the jump. The question is whether another team will be able to grab the lifeline.

The Dallas Cowboys snapped a two-game losing streak with a 38-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Andy Reid’s squad will enter Sunday’s game against the Redskins with a five-game losing streak and concussed quarterback.

Carriker feels Washington’s turning point may come Sunday at FedEx Field.

“The Eagles, losing five straight, that’s demoralizing,” Carriker said. “They lost a couple of nationally televised tough games … both games they think they could have, should have won.”

The Redskins would leapfrog the Eagles and take third place in the division if they manage to come away with a rare win at home. However, a loss would surely end any far-reaching postseason hope for Mike Shanahan’s squad. The same can be said for Philadelphia.

Although Washington enters the contest with a three-game losing streak of their own, Carriker thinks the bye week gives the Redskins an advantage and set the table for a suddenly meaningful Thanksgiving showdown with the Cowboys.

“(The Eagles are) 3-6, we’re 3-6. (If) we come out and get the win this week we can pick up a game. The Giants are on the bye … who knows what the Cowboys are going to do? And then we play them that following Thanksgiving… we can pick up another game. It’s far from over folks,” he said.

And of course there is the ‘any given Sunday’ philosophy.

“You never know what can happen in this league,” said Carriker. “Never, ever, ever throw in that towel.”

Do you share Carriker’s optimism?

4th & Pain airs each weekday at noon on and Sunday mornings at 8 o’clock on 106.7 The Fan.


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