Thanksgiving: Today’s NFC East showdown has playoff ramifications

No, the G-Men don’t suit up today. But that doesn’t mean today’s NFC East bout between the suddenly surging Cowboys and Redskins doesn’t have playoff ramifications for those teams and the Giants.

The Giants, currently sitting at 6-4, have a Sunday night date with Green Bay, riding a five-game win streak. Right behind New York are those pesky Cowboys, at 5-5 and winners of their last two games.

Right on Dallas’ tails are the Redskins, coming off of their trouncing of the Eagles, up at 4-6 and a realistic two games back of the final wildcard spot and/or the NFC East’ berth.

Now, both Dallas and Washington can’t be in the post-season race. Today’s game will decide who will be on the G-Men’s heels for the remainder of the season.

Should the Cowboys beat the ‘Skins, they will move to 6-5 and following Sunday night’s showdown will be one game back or tied with Giants for first place in the division. Of course, the two team split their regular-season series this year.

On the other hand, if the Redskins find a way to beat Dallas, they will be 5-6 but either a game or two back still of New York. The Giants have beat Washington once already this year and their Dec. 3 match-up on Monday Night Football would essentially be a chance to eliminate Washington from playoff contention.

So, Giants fans, since you cannot have both Dallas and Washington lose today — (I checked, actually impossible, though they in fact could tie) — rooting interests should favor the Skins.

As I said, a Washington win drops both them and Dallas to 5-6. The G-Men would have the opportunity to knock the Skins from contention Week 13, and Dallas would join a herd of “yeah-but” squads looking for a wildcard spot.

So, All Hail the Redskins?

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