NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Broncos fall in Week 15

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Dec 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks to pass the ball against Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


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Washington’s last eight games sums up their season: L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W. Inconsistency has plagued them, but their road victory over Chicago keeps them atop the NFC East at 6-7. Next week’s game with Buffalo is important, but it’s the game with Philadelphia in Week 16 that could determine the division winner.

Washington were able to limit Chicago’s effectiveness on the ground, with just 87 yards on the ground. Alshon Jeffery proved difficult to slow down, however, catching six passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.

But defense won the day in the end, defending a narrow three-point lead in the fourth quarter. It’s a win Washington desperately needed, especially with the Philadelphia Eagles winning back-to-back games. The playoff race in the NFC East is going to go right down to the wire, and this is the time the Redskins need to end their inconsistent run.

If the season ended today, Washington would host Seattle in the Wild Card round. That’s the likely outcome for whoever wins the division, as the Seahawks will likely secure the fifth seed, and the NFC East winner will pick up the fourth seed.

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