Coming off an improbable run to win the NFC East in 2012, the Washington Redskins find themselves heading into 2013 with the bar raised substantially. No one thought they’d get here this fast, but after scoring one of the best young duos in the game during last year’s draft, Washington’s future is very bright.
There will of course be speculation and concern over Robert Griffin III‘s surgically repaired right knee, but I think we can all agree that he’ll play most of the season. At the same time, you have Alfred Morris coming into his sophomore season with a lot of valuable experience under his belt. I expect the same level of production from Morris as we saw last season, but he no doubt will have his work cut out for him trying to top 1,613 yards rushing.
With the majority of the team in place from 2012, and a few solid additions in this year’s draft, there’s no reason to think the Redskins can’t win the NFC East again in 2013. With the nucleus of the club still in place, there’s a very good chance that we see this team mature and take the next step.
But, I think even the most narrowed-minded Skins’ fan can admit that Washington greatly benefited from the New York Giants‘ collapse late last season. During the middle of the year, Washington seemed all but eliminated from playoff contention, while New York seemed like they would cruise to the postseason. The Giants are going to be right there again this year, and the outcome could easily be flipped from a season ago. The Giants are still a very good team, and they will be the Redskins toughest competition.
Vegas has New York as the preseason favorite to win the division, but you can be assured that Griffin’s knee injury is factoring into that. However, when you look at the big picture and all the factors, I do agree that New York is a slight favorite. While winning the division is important, it’s not a must for the Redskins. The reality is, when you have a player as good as RG3, you can win any game when it comes down to it.
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