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Redskins could be officially eliminated from playoff contention this weekend

Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan and the Redskins could be officially eliminated from playoff contention this weekend (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

It has becoming increasingly clear that the Washington Redskins won’t make the playoffs this season. It could become official as soon as this weekend.

The Redskins would be eliminated from contention in the NFC East if they lose Sunday night to the New York Giants and either the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles win this week.

With another loss, the Redskins would be 3-9 and, at best, could finish the season 7-9. A victory by either the Cowboys or Eagles would give that team seven wins, and both hold tie-breaker advantages over the Redskins. The Eagles have beaten the Redskins twice this season. The Cowboys already have four NFC East victories and the Redskins, at best, could finish 3-3 in the division.

The Cowboys host the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. The Eagles host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Redskins would be officially eliminated from NFC wild-card contention with a loss to the Giants. Losing that game, again, would mean the Redskins, at best, could finish the season 7-9.

Two NFC South teams, the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, already have at least eight wins, and one of them would be a wild-card team. Also, two NFC West teams will finish the season with at least eight wins, barring a tie. The Seattle Seahawks have 10 victories and the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals currently have seven wins each and play one another in the regular season finale. And even if they tie that game and lose their other games, their 7-8-1 records still would be superior to the Redskins’ 7-9.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice at 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday and 10:25 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.

More from The Post:

Jenkins: Bench Griffin for his own sake | Bog: Brooks agrees | Gruden: Play Cousins

D.C. Sports Bog: Canty says Cousins gives Redskins a better shotMore

As season comes apart, Redskins acknowledge that no jobs are safe

Shanahan: Everyone’s accountable | Be patient with Griffin as pocket passer

Wise: Shanahan isn’t the problem here; it’s the roster

Follow: @MikeJonesWaPo | @MarkMaske | @Insider | Insider on Facebook

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.



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Mike Jones · November 27, 2013