What do I mean by that?
Both teams have dominated the airwaves since the NFL 2012 Draft: The Redskins made headlines with the acquisition of talent such as Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garcon, and Kirk Cousins. The Saints? Their fame came by a different path: Bountygate.
To say both teams really need to win Week 1 is an understatement.
The Saints need to prove to the entire NFL they can be trusted on the field to do the job of playing football. The Redskins’ road to respect begins with understanding that no one in the NFC East will allow them to forget their 5-11 season, no matter how different (and promising) their team looks now.
And when it comes to respect from experts and analysts? Forget about it.
Fox Sports experts this morning didn’t even mention the Redskins in their predictions. The NFC East is sitting back and allowing the Redskins to enjoy their new-found attention in hopes of complete embarrassment in the regular season.
That’s why they’ve been quiet.
No one has the Redskins on their radar.
The Redskins will take the field no different than Goldie Hawn’s Wildcats did in 1986: Underestimated and looked over.
That’s OK too, because the Redskins did this to themselves. The media will do their job and keep the light on RG3 each time he loses. They’ll question the leadership of head coach Mike Shanahan. When he wins, they’ll ponder if the Redskins will go to the Super Bowl.
You see where I’m going with this?
At the end of the day, both teams have a lot to prove to themselves and to the league. The only thing that matters is who will do it better.
Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins Blogger with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin.