Can Commanders Become Latest 3-3 NFL Team To Make Postseason?

Can Commanders Become Latest 3-3 NFL Team To Make Postseason?
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It’s been a mixed bag of success for the Washington Commanders out of the gate this season, with three wins over the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons offset by defeats at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. Entering Week 7 of the NFL regular season, the Commanders will square off against the 1-5 New York Giants in the Meadowlands with a shot at keeping pace with the 4-2 Dallas Cowboys, who are one spot ahead of Washington in the NFC East standings. It's a crucial matchup for the Commanders playoff chances, and coach Ron Rivera as he looks to impress first-year owner Josh Harris.

Commanders Favored vs. Giants?

Washington should feel cautiously confident in earning a victory against the Giants, with oddsmakers from Caesars Sportsbook Virginia listing the Commanders as a two-point favorite in the Sunday matinee.  

Utilizing Champs or Chumps, looked at how teams ended up the rest of the season after starting with an 3-3 record since the 2012-13 NFL campaign. There have been 83 teams that have started 3-3 in the last 10 seasons.  

Last season saw the most 3-3 teams make the playoffs with 6 of 11 teams. The Bengals and 49ers were both 3-3 and made it to the Conference Championship.

Performance Of NFL Teams Starting 3-3

SituationNumber of TeamsPercentage
Making the Playoffs 24 28.9%
Winning Wild Card Round 10 12%
Winning Divisional Round 5 6%
Winning Conference Championship 1 1.2%
Winning Super Bowl 0 0%

Commanders Face Uncertain Path In 2023

Of the teams that started the NFL season 3-3 across Virginia sports betting since 2012-2013, 28.9% (or 24 teams) went on to make the NFL playoffs, while 10 of those collectives (12%) went on to win their Wild Card Round contest. Fve others (6%) won a Divisional Round contest. Washington could become the first 3-3 team to ever hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2024, as there’s only been one franchise to make the Super Bowl after starting with such a record. 

Keep tabs on the Commanders Super Bowl odds here.

To do so, the Commanders will have to play well in the team’s final 11 regular season contests, including road games against the Giants, New England Patriots (Nov. 5), Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 12), Cowboys (Nov. 23), L.A. Rams (Dec. 17) and the New York Jets (Dec. 24). 

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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