Another NFL Matchweek has past, and another surprising win by the Washington Football Team. This time, Washington edged past a struggling Seattle Seahawks team in 15-17 Monday Night Football win. This was their third win on the trot, and against all odds, the Washington Football Team are in playoff spots as of right now.
Ron Rivera’s men currently sit in the 7th position of the NFC conference with a record of 5-6. Despite that there’s 3 other teams with the same record, Rivera’s team can be hopeful of clinching a playoff berth this season.
Here are three reasons why the Washington Football Team will make the playoffs. Not only this, the WFT will also clinch the NFC Eastern division. You heard it here first:
This Is Taylor Heinicke’s Season
Taylor Heinicke first received major spotlight after having an impressive wildcard game against Tom Brady’s Buccaneers. That game, Heinicke completed 26 passes out of 44, and threw for 306 yards. Although the Washington Football Team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason, Heinicke has made himself the undisputed Quarterback at the U.S. capital. Although it has to be said that he’s playing due to Fitzpatrick’s injury, it cannot be denied that Heinicke has taken advantage of his opportunities.
So far, the breakout Quarterback has completed 244 passes, along with throwing 2613 yards and 16 touchdowns so far. It also has to be said that Heinicke has beaten two MVP QB’s like Tom Brady and Cam Newton, and a SuperBowl winner like Russel Wilson in the span of 3 weeks! If he continues to step up in these games, it’ll only be a matter of time before the WFT clinch their playoff berth.
It can be said that the Washington Football Team have played their hardest opposition of the season. After playing the ‘big dogs’ like Tampa Bay and Green Bay, the WFT will now play teams at ‘their level’. They will now face the Las Vegas Raiders next week before playing the rest of their divisional clashes.
I’m not saying that the WFT will play easy teams as anything could happen in divisional match-ups. But when you compare the WFT’s schedule to the Dallas Cowboys’ schedule, you can see a difference in match-ups. Dallas still has to play the Saints in New Orleans and the current NFC conference leaders, the Arizona Cardinals. On the other hand, Washington will play an inconsistent Philadelphia Eagles team and the NY Giants.
Washington could have a sigh of relief knowing that they’re only 2 games away from equalling records with Dallas. Knowing the Cowboys’ tough schedule and having two direct games against them, the Washington Football Team can be hopeful of clinching the NFC East once again.
‘Riverboat Ron’ At The Wheel
In the last three seasons, the Washington Football Team has finished with a record under 0.500. Nevertheless, this could change this season and it’ll be thanks to Ron Rivera. Under Rivera last season, the WFT reached the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
It cannot be denied that the partnership between Rivera and Washington was a match made in heaven. The WFT had been struggling to be a playoffs regular over the past years, and they needed someone who could be able to lift up a struggling organization. Here’s where Rivera comes in, as he knows how to work in these situations.
During his time at the Carolina Panthers, ‘Riverboat Ron’ helped a struggling Panthers’ organization make it to the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. In one of those seasons, Rivera took the Panthers to the Super Bowl, where they eventually fell to Manning’s Broncos. I’m not saying that Washington will become a Super Bowl contender under Rivera, but if they trust the process, they could become an interesting team.
WFT Will Top the NFC East
Taking all of this into consideration, it is not outside the realm of possibility that the WFT will top the NFC East. Although an argument could be made for any team to top the division, Washington’s arguments are more than believable.
Rivera’s men will now take on a playoff-contending Raiders to keep their winning streak going. If the Washington Football Team manage to pull an upset win in Las Vegas, they will come into the Cowboys matchup hungrier than ever.
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