Washington Football Team 2020 Reality Checks – Season Preview
By Tim Payne
4. Haskins seizes long-term starting job
Dwayne Haskins has done everything right this offseason. His recent press conferences combined with how his coaches and teammates are talking about him lead me to believe that it’s all clicking for him.
He’s essentially entering the second half of his rookie season, so there will be bumps along the way, but Haskins will end this season leaving zero doubt about who is the Washington QB for the foreseeable future. He has already been named a captain. He’ll continue to earn that respect among his teammates, and he’ll grow statistically throughout the year.
Prediction: Dwayne Haskins finishes the season with 16 starts, 63% completion, 3,458 yards, 22 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and three fumbles.
5. League-wide chaos leads to unexpected final results
One thing we can definitely count on is this: Some crazy stuff will happen this season in the NFL. Some team will play multiple games without their star(s) because of COVID-19. Major home field advantage disparities will lead to some unexpected results. And with the added playoff spot, many teams will remain “in the hunt” until late in the season.
So with that insanity in mind, here are my league-wide predictions for this season:
- AFC Playoff Teams – Ravens, Colts, Chiefs, Patriots, Bills, Steelers, Chargers
- NFC Playoff Teams – Saints, 49ers, Packers, Cowboys, Seahawks, Eagles, Falcons
- “2019 Browns” Award (for most overhyped team to end up sucking) – Buccaneers
- MVP – Patrick Mahomes
- DPOY – Nick Bosa
- OROY – Not a first-rounder — possibly Van Jefferson
- DROY – Chase Young (12 sacks)
- Washington Final Record – 7-9 (4-2 in NFC East, knocking Philly out of playoffs on 1/3/2021)
- Only one game in the entire league ends up postponed due to COVID-19, and entire playoffs and Super Bowl go on schedule.
Until there’s a permanent name (and forever in my heart) #HTTR.