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The Washington Redskins have watched their lead in the NFC East collapse as they no longer seem anything like a playoff team.

A lot of that has to do with the offensive side of the ball as Alex Smith was lost for the season, followed by a Colt McCoy injury that will also land him on the pine. It's hard to win football games when you're on your third-string QB.

It's even harder when you play a matador-style defense on third down.

In their last five games, teams have completed third-down conversations more than half the time against Washington, the worst mark in the league. 

Inviting opponents to continue their drives is never a solid game plan.

As you could've guessed, this has not gone well for Washington, who has gone 1-4 over this span. This is a terrible time for this defense to break down since the offense has now become a liability. They're going to need this unit to do a complete 180 if they want to make the playoffs which will not be an easy task. 

Over this span, the Redskins have also allowed 24.6 points per game which is towards the bottom half of the league. Considering the fact that their outing against the Buccaneers where they only allowed three points is included in there, it shows just how dreadful this unit has been otherwise. 

Washington's defense is a risky play in any fantasy setting with the playoffs on the line even against a lowly Giant's offense, something we definitely weren't saying at the start of the year.  

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