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WFT’s Playoff Chances Remain, Though Shaky

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The Washington Football Team’s playoff chances are not gone…yet. Being 6-9 is not a season-ender. Facing the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) Sunday, the WFT can reignite their postseason hopes.

With their 56-14 loss to the now 11-4 Dallas Cowboys, Washington drops to 6-9. The Eagles beat the Football Team 27-17 in their first meeting of the season. To use a basketball analogy, there are no more fouls to give. The WFT has to win or watch their playoff chances fizzle. That’s easier said than done. The reserve/COVID-19 list now includes starting RB Antonio Gibson. And the hits keep on coming.

There are also nine WFT players on the injured reserve list. Five of those nine didn’t practice Friday, and three remain questionable.

Expect the Eagles to be solid and ready

Eagles’ RB Miles Sanders is also out Sunday due to testing positive for COVID-19. That’s not a breath of fresh air. CBS Sports reported Saturday DE Derek Barnett is off the Eagles reserve/COVID-19 list. Barnett is having his best season yet, raking in 44 tackles thus far. He’s not a top tackler in the league but is playing his best ball right now.

WFT’s playoff chances: Can this still happen?

Let’s pretend that Washington lost last week, but was not slaughtered to understand. Teams with a 7-9 or 8-9 can still make the playoffs. For the WFT, there are some things that would make their chances better though. Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Oliveros presented the following scenario:

  • Atlanta Falcons lose to the Buffalo Bills (Week 17)
  • Minnesota Vikings lose to the Green Bay Packers (Week 17)

The WFT’s playoff chances are there. If the math plays out, and the WFT wins out, it can still happen. That’s why football is a game of inches. It doesn’t matter how you get to the playoffs as long as you get there.

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