The Washington Football Team squeezed its way back into the playoff picture in the NFC, if only the bubble, with its 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
At 4-6, Washington currently holds the 11th seed, four spots behind seventh-seeded New Orleans (5-5) for the third and final Wild Card spot in the conference. But Washington, if it can manage its third straight victory, has a chance to make some real headway in Week 12.
Below is the updated playoff picture in the NFC, following the Buccaneers' 30-10 victory over the Giants on Monday night:
NFC Playoff Picture
1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2), NFC West
2. Green Bay Packers (8-3), NFC North
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3), NFC South
3. Dallas Cowboys (7-3), NFC East
5. Los Angeles Rams (7-3), second place in NFC West
6. Minnesota Vikings (5-5), second place in NFC North
7. New Orleans Saints (5-5), second place in NFC South
In The Hunt
8. San Francisco 49ers (5-5)
9. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)
10. Carolina Panthers (5-6)
11. Washington Football Team (4-6)
12. Atlanta Falcons (4-6)
13. New York Giants (3-7)
14. Chicago Bears (3-7)
15. Seattle Seahawks (3-7)
There's an outside chance that with a lot of help, Washington — with a victory over the Seahawks on Monday night — could jump three spots to No. 8 (where they'd be tied with San Francisco) in the NFC after Week 12.
In that scenario, the 49ers (@ Vikings), Eagles (vs. Giants) and Panthers (vs. Dolphins) would all have to lose their respective Week 12 games.
Regardless, if Washington controls what it can control and keeps winning, it will undoubtedly control its own destiny.