The NFC East in the 2013 NFL Season is predicted to be one of the most evenly-matched divisions in the past decade. Each team, predicted to win between seven and nine games by Las Vegas Bovada Online Gaming, will be in a close race to claim a chance to reach the Super Bowl.
Coming off the 2012 NFL Season, where the Washington Redskins were predicted to place last and the Philadelphia Eagles predicted to win the Division Title, fans should have learned to not put a lot of faith in predictions.
The Redskins went 10-6 last season, barely beating out the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East for the first time since 1999. The team rested heavily on the shoulders of two breakout rookie superstars — QB Robert Griffin III and RB Alfred Morris — and if they are to succeed once again, they will have to balance out the workload and play a more traditional style of football to keep theses superstars healthy.
This has led many sports writers to claim that the Redskins will falter in the 2013 NFL Season, since it would be almost impossible for Griffin and Morris to improve on their stellar rookie seasons and avoid any season-ending injuries.
One of the biggest problems for the Redskins last season was their atrocious defense at the secondary positions. Finishing dead last and allowing over 4,500 yards racked up against them from passing alone by opponents, while only achieving 3,422 yards through the air themselves, the Redskins know they will have to improve their secondary.
Not only is Redskins FS Brandon Meriweather returning from injury, but the additions of three rookies from the 2013 NFL Draft — CB David Amerson, S Phillip Thomas and S Bacarri Rambo — will add depth and talent to the depleted secondary.
As the Redskins finished fifth overall against the run in 2012, all eyes will be on head coach Mike Shanahan to see how he implements these new defensive weapons.