When the Washington Redskins 2014 schedule came out I predicted they would go 10-6 on the season. Some thought that 10 wins was bit generous considering that the team only won 3 games in 2013. But we Redskins fans want to see the team win right, so why labor through the offseason contemplating losing?
We saw the Redskins win the NFC East in 2013 against all odds, so we know it’s not impossible that they could do it again this season. Many things have changed in the teams favor over last season. They now have a head coach in Jay Gruden who actually wants to be there. I know there are some Mike Shanahan fans out there, but he wanted out.
The Redskins also have a healthy Robert Griffin III heading into this season. Some of the RGIII haters will claim he’s a bust, but when he’s healthy, athletically he’s one of the most gifted in the NFL, and that has to count for something. The Redskins have also added to their weapons on offense and bolstered their offensive line as well.
However, there are three other teams in the division who will vie for the title too, and their challenge will be formidable. The Philadelphia Eagles with their high-powered offense will look to repeat as champions, but they will have to do it without the explosive receiver DeSean Jackson, who they unceremoniously cut this offseason.
The Dallas Cowboys are still a very talented team, even though they didn’t really do much to improve that talent this offseason. And the New York Giants always seem to find good talent in the draft, but their hopes rest on whether quarterback Eli Manning can bounce back from a terrible 2013 season.
So as it stands, I think any one of those four teams can win the NFC East, but in my opinion the Redskins have as good a chance as any of them. There are still many questions to be answered, but if the Redskins can come up with the right answers, then they should be squarely in the mix down the stretch this season.
And maybe I’m just being an over optimistic Redskins fan with this assessment, but this is the time of year to feel good about your team isn’t it? And with the NFC East seemingly wide open again in 2014, why not throw caution to the wind and focus in on the positive? Winning the division is very possible for the Redskins this season.