Pete MedhurstSports Anchor, 106.7 The Fan @PeteMedhurst
The Washington Redskins seemingly were out of the playoff race after a dreadful loss to a one-win Carolina Panthers team prior to their bye week.
However, rather than continue to flat line, the Skins have responded resoundingly with back-to-back division wins. And outside of Monday's game against NFC East leader, New York, Washington only has one other game in its last five they won't be favored in -- and that's at home against the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens.
In Pierre Garcon, Washington has gotten some fire back in the receiving corps. Taking a cue from the former Colt, the Redskins receivers have seemingly cured a bad case of drop-itus.
RGIII and company hold tie-breakers over Minnesota, Tampa Bay and New Orleans, all teams right around them in the Wild Card hunt. Meanwhile, Seattle could be in trouble with starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner facing four-game suspensions at a most critical time.
It is possible for the Redskins to make the playoffs. But you have to keep in mind this is also the same team that lost to a lowly one-win Panthers team.
So, are they teasing us? Yes.
Can they do it? Also yes.
Chuck Carroll106.7 The Fan @TheChuckCarroll
The Washington Redskins have given a masterful performance in their past two games. The annihilation of the Philadelphia Eagles proved they are capable of beating a team they are actually supposed to beat.
To turn around and add a quality win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving -- their first Turkey Day win in Texas -- was no easy feat. It opened eyes, catapulted them back into the playoff picture and gave a glimpse of the promising things to come.
That last part is what needs to be keyed in on.
The future is on a close horizon, but it's certainly not now.
Following a convincing win over the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants have proven they are capable of shaking loose of their late-season struggles. Entering Monday night's contest Tom Coughlin's squad holds a two-game lead in the division with five to play.
A Giant win would all but lock up the division and severely dampen the Redskins wildcard hopes. And these Giants aren't the Cowboys or lowly Eagles.
The New York locker room has been floating quotes about fearing RGIII, but don't buy their hype. Having already faced and defeating him once this season, the Giants know what to expect and will come away with win, thus ending Washington's playoff hopes.