Even with one game remaining, the Redskins are locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoff picture. Whom they will play in the Wild Card round remains unclear, as does whether there is an ideal opponent.
Things seemed rather obvious heading in Week 16 with the Seahawks likely taking the No. 5 seed. Then Russell Wilson and crew went out and lost Sunday against the Rams, which means Washington's scenario isn't totally clear just yet other than we know it will be one of three opponents.
- Green Bay hosts Minnesota Sunday night with the winner claiming the NFC North title. If the Packers win, they're the No. 3 seed. Lose and Aaron Rodgers will open the playoffs at FedEx Field. Based on how awful the Packers looked Sunday, don't assume they're a lock at home against the Vikings, but they will certainly enter as the favorite.
- Should Green Bay win and Seattle do the same at Arizona, then the Seahawks are the No 5 seed. Of course, the Cardinals might be the best team in all of football; are 6-1 at home; can still clinch home field advantage with a win and a Panthers loss to the Bucs.
- If both Green Bay and Arizona win at home, then Minnesota finishes as the No. 5 seed. This seems the most likely scenario, but don't assume anything just yet.
As for whom the Redskins should want to face, that's interesting. Minnesota's Teddy Bridgewater is clearly the most inexperienced of the potential opposing quarterbacks. However, the second-year passer has game, not to mention running back Adrian Peterson, the league's leading rusher.
The Vikings are more balanced than the Packers, whose offense hasn't looked up to form for most of the season. Keep an eye on Green Bay's injury report. Arizona dominated the Packers offensive line, dropping Rodgers repeatedly. Without a viable unit, the Redskins might want a crack at doing the same. Then again, all three potential opponents are bottom 10 in sacks allowed.
The reasons against facing Seattle are clear. Back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and one championship means they know what they're doing in the playoffs. Russell Wilson has 21 touchdown passes with only one interception in his last six games. The Seahawks are top five in offense and defense.
The reason for wanting Seattle is also obvious: Revenge. The last two times the Redskins reached the postseason the Seahawks ended their dreams, most recently and infamously in 2012.
Control is out of the Redskins' hands in this case. Thanks to their strong closing kick, they've already put themselves in position where they can sit back and wait. Washington will host a playoff game. It's up to Green Bay, Minnesota and Seattle to figure out who shows up on the other sideline.
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