2021 NFL playoff picture: How Washington can make the postseason, plus prediction for final four games

The Washington Football Team’s four-game win streak was ended this past Sunday at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, but they are still holding onto their wild card spot. A loss to Dallas is not the end of the season for Washington. There’s no reason to panic just yet, as Washington has four more games left on the docket — including a rematch with the Cowboys. 

The 2021 season has been a wild roller coaster ride for the Football Team. This team lost their starting quarterback before the first game of the season ended, went into their bye week with a record of 2-6 and lost star pass-rusher Chase Young due to a torn ACL. However, Washington has gone 4-1 over its last five and could make it to the playoffs for the second straight year. Taylor Heinicke has been magical at times this season, but can he stay healthy and will WFT to the postseason?   

Let’s take a deeper dive into Washington’s playoff outlook by looking at its current positioning, the remaining games and a few things it will have to improve on in the coming weeks. 

Current playoff position 

Washington (6-7) currently holds the No. 7 seed in the NFC. It’s the last wild card spot behind the 9-4 Los Angeles Rams and 7-6 San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys own the No. 4 seed as division leaders with a 9-4 record. 

The teams behind Washington in the playoff race are the 6-7 Minnesota Vikings, the 6-7 rival Philadelphia Eagles, 6-7 Atlanta Falcons and 6-7 New Orleans Saints. I’m not too afraid of the Falcons and Saints at this point in the season, but Washington certainly needs to keep an eye on the Eagles and Vikings behind them. Overall, Washington is not in a bad spot right now, as it just needs to continue to win. The remaining schedule is pretty important. 

Remaining schedule 

Here’s a look at Washington’s remaining schedule:

Week 15: @ Eagles
Week 16: @ Cowboys 
Week 17: vs. Eagles
Week 18: @ Giants 

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