The Washington Football Team will kick off their regular season in just about an hour, as they’ll host the Los Angeles Chargers at FedEx Field.
Much has been made about the expectations surrounding Washington after they captured their first NFC East title since 2015 last season. Will they embrace the challenge or succumb to the hardships of playing a first-place schedule?
These are just a couple of questions that’ve had Football Team fans tossing and turning in bed this week. Admit it, you had trouble sleeping last night because you were too excited (or nervous) for Sunday’s season opener.
You know has the utmost confidence in Washington, though? That would be beloved former quarterback Alex Smith. During “Sunday NFL Countdown,” Smith called the Football Team “the class of the division.”
Even better? Smith extended a vote of confidence in Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Alex Smith has high expectations for the Football Team in 2021.
That’s what we’re talking about! By the way, it’s so awesome to see Smith talking NFL post-retirement. The former Washington QB was clearly made for this role, so credit to ESPN for giving him that opportunity.
Getting back to the matter hand, you’d be hard-pressed to disagree with Smith’s analysis. After all, the Eagles are widely projected to finish in the basement of the NFC East after they tanked at the end of last year.
As for the Giants, while they added more weapons on offense and should have a sound defense, they have far too many questions at quarterback and the offensive line for us to take them seriously at this juncture.
That leaves the Cowboys, who figure to slug it out with Washington for the division crown. Though Dak Prescott and Dallas’ offense looked better than expected on Thursday, we still have serious reservations about their defense.
While we’re more concerned about the Cowboys than some Washington fans, it goes without saying that the WFT has a more well-rounded roster. We’d also give them the edge in the coaching department, because there’s a clear gap between Ron Rivera and Mike McCarthy at this stage in their respective careers.
Last, but certainly not least, is the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who figures to help open up the playbook in a big way after the Football Team finished 30th with 216.6 passing yards per game last season.
Smith is as knowledgable as they come, so the fact he thinks something special is brewing in the nation’s capital speaks volumes.
Can the game just start already?