Oct 4, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins celebrate on the field after their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Redskins defying early 2015 predictions
I, like many Washington Redskins fans where extremely irritated when some of the record predictions came out prior to the season as some NFL pundits indicated that the Redskins would be the worst team in the league and finish the season with a 2-14 record.
Well guess what? After four games the Redskins already have two wins under their belt. So I guess this means they’ll go winless for the rest of the regular season huh? Not a chance. Not only are the Redskins a better team than most pundits thought they’d be but they are in the thick of the NFC East race.
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I predicted a 7-9 record for the Redskins this year and I’m sticking to that but hopefully they can do a little bit better. Yes, it’s still early in the season but the Redskins and head coach Jay Gruden are showing that they’ve developed a certain style of play that favors running the football and playing tough defense.
When they and most importantly quarterback Kirk Cousins can protect the football, they have a chance to beat a lot teams. And all of the so-called dysfunction surrounding the team has not hindered them from some tough teams like some thought it would.
As we saw on Sunday against the Eagles, the Redskins stuck together as a unit and made plays on both sides of the ball when the game was on the line to get the big division win over the Eagles at home. Sure they made some mistakes in the game but unlike last season, the Redskins overcame adversity accomplished the objective.
I can sense a new attitude for this Redskins team. A team where not only veterans are making plays but they are getting very good performances from rookies and second year players too. It seems the Redskins aren’t as depleted of talent as some suspected.
The Redskins have had injuries to some key players as well and yet they’ve still managed to have other players step up and get the job done. And indication that the talent level on the team was underrated and when they get the DeSean Jackson’s and the DeAngelo Hall’s back they might become even better.
And now the NFC East is truly up for grabs. With the Cowboys injury problems hurting them and the Eagles suffering from all of the talent that Chip Kelly has thrown away over the past few seasons, the door is open for the teams with losing records from last season, the Redskins and Giants to compete for the title.
However, like I said it’s still early in the season and while the Redskins should feel good about where they sit right now, they still have a lot to prove and haven’t accomplished anything yet. The 4-0 Atlanta Falcons are on the horizon and that will be a big test on the road in week 5.
But for now at least the Redskins have proven that they are a team on the rise. A much better team than the 2-14 dysfunctional debacle that a lot people thought they’d be.