With two weeks left, all four NFC East teams can host a playoff game
It seemed for a short while that the NFC East Champion might actually finish with a record north of 500. That will not happen. All four teams currently have eight or more losses.
At this point, only Washington can finish 8-8. Two wins bring Washington to this record, and two wins bring the division crown.
All four teams can still win the NFC East. If the Giants can start a game in Washington and the two teams are tied after week 17, the Giants will win the division by a head-to-head battle. The giants end with the ravens and cowboys; Washington ended the season against the Panthers and Eagles.
The Cowboys - yes, the Cowboys - have won two games in a row, beating the Dallas record from 3-9 to 5-9. Dallas wins the division 7-9, with wins over the Eagles and Giants and two losses to Washington. (Washington swept Dallas, so Washington will hold the tiebreaker if both teams finish 7-9.)
With 4: 9: 1, the Eagles can still ensure that the duel with the Bengals becomes the difference in the division standings by beating Dallas and Washington if Washington loses to the Panthers and the Giants lose one time.
There is also the potential for a three-way tie between Washington, the Giants, and Cowboys between 6am and 10am. Without getting too deep into the weeds, however, the Giants would win the division because the Cowboys would fall out of the tiebreaker. A path to 6-10 for these three teams also involves the Eagles getting to 6-9-1 and taking over the division.
So all four teams stay alive for two weeks. And one of those teams will host the number 5 (most likely the Rams, Seahawks or Buccaneers) in the wildcard round.
All in all, Washington can stop it doing week 17 by beating the panthers when the ravens beat the giants. At that point, Washington would win the division. However, if Washington loses to Carolina the last week of the season will be very interesting.
Two more weeks, all four NFC East teams can host a playoff game that originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
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