It is nonetheless unlikely that they make it, for the reason that Commanders’ schedule will get a lot harder down the stretch. They nonetheless should play the Cowboys twice, the 49ers, the Dolphins and the Seahawks — all present playoff groups.
Nonetheless, the ultimate spot within the NFC postseason race appears to be up for grabs. The Minnesota Vikings (5-4) at present have it, however they only misplaced QB Kirk Cousins for the season. No person else from outdoors the present discipline seems to be like a lot of a risk, and the Commanders maintain the head-to-head tiebreaker over the subsequent closest competitor, the Atlanta Falcons (additionally 4-5).
Washington doubtless wants to complete the 12 months with a report above .500 to make the playoffs, which shall be laborious given its upcoming slate. A win subsequent week at Seattle would go a good distance, although, and is totally potential given the Seahawks simply misplaced 37-3 to the Baltimore Ravens. Win that, then deal with enterprise at house in opposition to the lowly Giants, and the Commanders shall be 6-5.
That leaves solely two extra video games on Washington’s schedule in opposition to present non-playoff groups: the L.A. Rams and New York Jets, in back-to-back weeks in December, and each on the street. Each of those are must-wins, and will probably get the Commanders to eight wins on the 12 months.
Then, the ultimate recreation to circle as a golden alternative is in Week 18, at house in opposition to the Cowboys. Dallas might very properly be locked into its place by that time and will don’t have anything to play for, simply as was the case in 2022 when the Commanders crushed their bitter rivals 26-6 to finish the 12 months on a excessive observe in QB Sam Howell’s beginning debut.
If Washington wins all of these video games, it can have at the least 9 victories and, until a shock crew from outdoors the present discipline will get sizzling, in all probability shall be enjoying postseason soccer in January. Even higher if the Commanders can steal certainly one of their extra three contests, at Dallas or in opposition to the Dolphins or 49ers.
That mentioned, if there’s any hope of a playoff push, this crew should win the video games it’s alleged to win. The Commanders have already dropped two simply winnable matchups in opposition to the Bears and Giants, and may’t afford any extra slip-ups.