It seems like the Redskins came out of nowhere.
In a division mired in the mud, Washington has put itself in the drivers’ seat in the NFC East.
After a 35-25 win over Buffalo Sunday, they can clinch the division with a win Saturday, Dec 26 (at 8 p.m. on NFL Network)against the Eagles.
Even if Philly prevails in their Week 15 game against the Cardinals, the Skins can punch their ticket into the playoffs with an eighth win. If the Eagles prevail a number of other scenarios can take place.
In Sunday’s action, Kirk Cousins (22-for-28, 319, 4 TD) threw four touchdowns, two to Jordan Reed, and ran for another as Washington survived a comeback attempt by the Bills. DeSean Jackson had a 77-yard touchdown catch on his way to 153 yards and a touchdown in his first 100-yard effort of 2015.
With Washington leading 28-3 in the third quarter, the Bills got back in the game on a 60-yard Mike Gillislee touchdown run and 48-yard Sammy Watkins score, his first of two on the day. Tyrod Taylor (16-for-27, 235, 2 TD) had 79 rushing yards for the Bills, who have lost four of their last five games.
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The Giants on the otherhand, will need a lot of help to have any chance at the NFC East, with the Vikings and Eagles left on the schedule after their loss to the unbeaten Panthers Sunday.
In a game that looked done and dusted at the start of the fourth quarter, the Panthers faced the stiffest test to their undefeated season yet and held on for a 38-35 win.
Cam Newton (25-for-45, 340, 5 TD, 100 yards rushing) threw five touchdowns for the third time in his last five games while the Panthers built a 35-7 lead.
Heated competition between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. boiled over in the third quarter when Beckham landed a late helmet-to-helmet hit on Norman and the two combined for three personal fouls over two plays.
Beckham remained in the game, and caught the tying touchdown pass one play after an Eli Manning fumble was overturned. Rashad Jennings, who had his best game of the season with 107 yards, scored on a 38-yard touchdown run as the Giants scored 28 straight points.
In the final 1:46 the Panthers took the ball 49 yards to set up a 43-yard Graham Gano field goal. Gano, who had missed earlier on the day, was true, and the Panthers remained undefeated, 38-35.