5. Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins have two games remaining against NFC East division rivals in the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys to finish out the season. The prediction is that they split those two games, but not in the way conventional wisdom might lean.
The matchup between the Redskins and Giants features two quarterbacks selected in the first round of last year’s draft in Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones. It has been well documented that Haskins wanted to be the choice of the Giants and he displayed displeasure when New York opted to select Jones with the sixth overall choice.
In a game of bragging rights, the prediction is Jones comes out and outshines his counterpart Haskins and leads the Giants to victory versus the Redskins, placing the Redskins ahead of them on the draft board heading into week 16.
However, the Cowboys manage to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles this week and clinch the NFC East title and a spot in the playoffs. As a result, Dallas decides to rest most of their starters to avoid injury and to get them fresh for the first round of the playoffs.
Playing against a Cowboys roster full of back-ups, with nothing to gain in the week 16 matchup, Haskins and the Redskins running game lead Washington to a victory against Dallas, improving the record of the Redskins to 4-11 on the season. Due to strength of schedule, the Redskins end up with the fifth pick in the draft.