May 29, 2014; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks with the media after organized team activities at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Redskins win the NFC East this season?

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.


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  • trinity

    Yes they can definitely win it, and I’m picking them to win it. Who knows which Eli will show up this season, and the cowboys are America’s joke. the only competition is the eagles, and they handed their best playmaker to you guys for nothing. Added to the fact of RG3 being healthy, and the redskins defense being a little better than the eagles defense post free agency. I’ve got the redskins winning 10, the eagles 8 or 9, giants same 8 or 9, and the boys winning 6.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I think the Giants will be the wild card in the division. If Eli plays well, they may have the inside track. But then again, the same can be said about the RGIII. Was Nick Foles play a fluke last season? People won’t be looking past him this time around.

      • trinity

        That’s exactly why I’m not sold on Nick foles yet. He had a great run last year, but he came in when the season was already under way as a relative unknown. Nobody knew to prepare for him. But now he’s the man, and defenses are armed with substantial tape on him and an entire off-season to plan. So lets see him do it again. Eli could possibly show up, but I feel like Washington is just better than them either way.

        • Maurice Barksdale

          Add in the fact that Foles no longer has DeSean Jackson clearing out zones for him, his task just became a lot harder. I still think Foles is a good quarterback though, but we’ll see if he can keep it up.