About a month ago, when the New York Giants played the Washington Redskins in a Monday night matchup. WR Victor Cruz said the Redskins were “still a couple of pieces away” from being a Super Bowl contender. Now the Redskins have won the NFC East division in improbable fashion, winning their final seven games after a 3-6 start. Cruz’s assessment has now changed.
When asked who is the team to beat in this year’s playoffs in the NFC, Cruz wasted no time picking the Redskins. The Giants saw how formidable of an opponent the Redskins are after losing that Monday night game to them 17-16. It’s not hard to see why Cruz would be biased toward a team getting hot at the right time.
This is the formula the Giants used last year in winning Super Bowl XLVI. However, it is completely different what the Redskins are doing now than what the Giants did last year. The Giants were in desperation mode, especially after losing to these same Redskins to even their record up at 7-7.
However, in beating the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons, the Giants didn’t necessarily do anything they weren’t supposed to do. They were merely making things more difficult for themselves when they lost to the Redskins at home. The Giants actually showed they were a much better team than 9-7 by impressively beating the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
I still believe the Redskins are a couple of pieces away. Many may be on the bandwagon now, but they have to play the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round, which may be a game the Redskins may not be able to escape.
The Redskins certainly have a bright future ahead. However, thinking they’ll be able to win a Super Bowl now is very premature thinking.