Jan 1, 2016, 5:32 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 1, two days before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.
Happy New Year!
Who will the Redskins play next?
Normally on Fridays here I discuss five players who need to step up for the Redskins to beat the upcoming opponent. But we really don’t know who will be playing for them on Sunday since some players will be held out and others could be ticketed for an early exit.
So let’s get out the $100 in imaginary poker chips and spread them out over the Redskins’ three potential playoff opponents and see what I think the chances are of each of them showing up at FedEx Field on the weekend of January 9-10 are.
Seattle (must beat the Cardinals and have to Vikings lose the Packers to be the No. 5 seed) —$20 I think that the unanimous opinion of fans and media is that the Seahawks are the worst matchup for the Redskins so them being the least likely opponent seems to be a positive development. I think the Cardinals will take care of business at home and push the Seahawks to the six seed.
Packers (must lose to Vikings)—$30 Don’t look now but the Packers aren’t exactly a powerhouse. They have gone 4-5 since their 6-0 start and Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 41 times. I think it’s very possible for the Vikings to go in there and beat them.
Vikings (must lose to Packers and have Cardinals beat the Seahawks)—$50 The Seahawks are seven-point underdogs to the Cardinals and the Packers are favored by three. I’m not exactly sure how those odds work out mathematically but I’d say that the chances of two home favorites winning are right around 50 percent. So that is where I’ll put half of my poker chips.
—Today’s schedule: Practice 11:55; Jay Gruden and Sean McVan news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 1:15
—Days until: Redskins @Cowboys 2; start of NFL playoffs 8
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