The NFC East was won with nine victories last year, and if that happens again — if the teams at the top are going to hang around .500 and bunch up with each other again — there’s no reason to think the Redskins haven’t improved enough to come out on top in a situation like that. I’m with KC in that I think the Redskins are a division contender if, for some reason, no NFC East team turns out to post an elite-level record.
The No. 2 overall draft pick completed 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday’s victory – making him the first player in league history to amass 300-plus yards passing, two or more passing touchdowns and no interceptions in an NFL debut.
As great as Griffin’s performance was, questions still remain.
Because the Saints are without Payton, and to a lesser extent, without coach Joe Vitt, we really don’t know how good this Saints team is. They were one of the league’s premier teams last season, but the suspension of the head coach, interim coach and general manager can have a devastating effect on a team.
After Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, the picture will become a bit more clear.
Heading into Sunday’s game, Haslett understands that the last two matchups against Bradford and the Rams won’t prepare the Redskins for this time around.
“I think they’re a much improved team from even last year. They’ve got better players,” Haslett said. “They’ve got good running backs and a good coach for the receivers. I’ve always thought the quarterback was a good player.”
The Redskins embrace the challenge of opening up two weeks on the road, and Fletcher expects his teammates to rise to the occasion.