The NFC East standings are not pretty. Dallas is 8-6, which is about right. The Giants are 7-7, which is hilarious. Philly is 6-8, trying to salvage their “Dream Team” season. And the Skins are 5-9, erased from the playoff picture.
But what if, as JMU Sports Blog’s Todd Davis suggested in Redskins-Giants Predictions, Graham Gano had converted his field goals against the Cowboys? The Redskins lost the first Dallas game by two points, a game in which a 36-yard attempt was botched by a Sav Rocca muffed snap. And the Redskins lost the second Dallas game in OT by three points, a game in which Gano missed 49- and 52-yard attempts.
Let’s just pretend he makes those kicks, or at least two of those kicks, and all else remains equal. Here’s what the NFC East standings would look like:
1. Redskins (7-7 with the head-to-head tiebreaker over New York)
2. Giants (7-7)
3. Eagles (6-8 with the head-to head tiebreaker over Dallas)
4. Cowboys (6-8)
This is silly, I know, but it also illustrates the thin line between a division championship and infinite sadness. Plus it gives us another excuse to say, “Fire Danny Smith.”