After a 2012 campaign that ended in a tough loss in the NFC Wild Card game to the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins fan base has high expectations for this season. But, what can fans really expect from the Redskins this season? Let’s take a look at the worst-case and best-case scenarios.
A worst-case scenario for the Redskins this fall would be simple: missing the playoffs. This team is returning basically everyone from last year, and are even getting a couple back in Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo and Fred Davis. Even without those three key players, the Redskins still made it to the postseason.
This one is tough. The Redskins should make the playoffs this year, but how far will they go? In the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons all seem poised to make runs to the Super Bowl. Can we throw the Redskins in with that group?
I don’t think so. While the Redskins will be a tough team, 2013 is not their Super Bowl year. While I do think it is in the future, this season will fall just short of that mark. A best-case scenario for the Redskins this fall will be a berth the NFC Championship game. They have the pieces to get there, but ultimately their inexperience will be their demise in that game.
The Redskins have a good enough team to make it to the playoffs for a second consecutive season. If Robert Griffin III can stay healthy and Alfred Morris can keep pounding the rock like he did in his record-setting rookie season, Washington will have a lot to be excited about.
On the flip side, the team can’t get caught up in the hype. Just because the “experts” say something will happen, doesn’t mean it will (ie. Washington Nationals). Head coach Mike Shanahan and company need to make sure, as I’m sure they will, that their squad stays focused on the task at hand.
It’s playoffs or bust for the Washington Redskins this fall. They have the pieces in place to make it happen. All they need to do is execute, and they will take D.C. on quite a ride this NFL season.