With so much negativity surrounding the comments made on McNabb’s performance, Washington’s 31st ranked defense and the supposed lack of conditioning displayed by key players, you would think the Redskins were some 1-7, underachieving, cellar-dweller. (Sorry, any and all shots at Dallas are fair game.)
This of course, is not the case.
The Redskins are undefeated (2-0) in the NFC East, which is quickly rising back to its prowess as the best division in the NFC, if not all of football. The Skins also boast an assortment of first half all-stars including Laron Landry, DeAngelo Hall and Brian Orakpo on defense and Chris Cooley along with Santana Moss on offense. (Also, don’t forget about “The Bolt of Lightning” formerly known as Brandon Banks on special teams.) Washington gives up a lot of yards, but they’ve made some key plays when it counts.
Moving away from the Redskins for a second, we look at the rest of the division. Does the team matchup particularly well with the Giants or the Eagles? Not necessarily, but they haven’t really matched up well on paper all year with their opponents. And despite these “mismatches” they have been winning some ball games.
This is the schedule for Washington through second half of the season, and how they could fare (assuming maximum effort is given and no key injuries sustained):
vs. Philadelphia (5-3) Winnable.
@ Tennessee (5-3) Tough game.
vs. Minnesota (3-5) Should win.
@ New York (Giants…duh) (6-2) Tough game.
vs. Tampa Bay (5-3) Should win.
@ Dallas (1-7) Should win, but will be tough.
@ Jacksonville (4-4) Should win.
vs. New York (Giants) (6-2) Tough game, still winnable at home.
At least three to four of the Skins next eight are games they have the ability to win. Now if you’ve read my previous post, or have watched at least one game this season, you know the Redskins play to the level of their competition. I think that, at worst, we are a 7-9 team and at best possibly 10-6.
If the current division leaders in the NFC hold on, that leaves Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Minnesota, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Seattle fighting for the two wild card slots. The Redskins can hold almost all of the tie breakers by winning these key games down the stretch.
Now with all of that having been said, the scariest part about this 2010 team is that they haven’t come close to playing at their full potential on offense or defense. This team is still getting it’s act together but remaining in the hunt while doing so. If everything starts to click on both sides of the ball, who knows, we could end up playing two more games in Dallas this year.