Last season, the Washington Redskins won their first NFC East Championship since 1999 behind the superstar combination of running back Alfred Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III with a record of 10-6 in the regular season, 10-7 if you count their playoff loss. What will their record be this year?
Before we can determine, guess, estimate or guesstimate what their final record will be, we must first understand their schedule. This fall, the Redskins will have a tough row to hoe if they want to get back to playoffs and finish with a winning record of, or better than, their 10-6 mark of 2012.
Before their Week 5 bye-week, the Redskins will open at home against the Philadelphia Eagles, play at the Green Bay Packers and come home against the Detroit Lions before heading off to the Oakland Raiders. Defeating the Eagles Week 1 will go a long way in their hopes of repeating as division champs.
After the bye-week, the schedule only get’s more difficult. They’ll travel to take on the Dallas Cowboys before returning home to play the Chicago Bears. Dallas always plays the Redskins tough in “Big D” and the Bears have certainly looked good this preseason. Both games could go either way, but they certainly won’t be blowouts.
The Redskins then go on the road to play the Denver Broncos in Week 8. Any Peyton Manning-led team is a dangerous one. But, a Peyton Manning led team with Wes Welker on it is downright lethal. It will be huge test for the secondary and the Redskins offense better come ready to work.
The next toughest test for the Redskins will be Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers. After making a run to the Super Bowl in 2012, the 49ers are many people’s favorites this year. Luckily for the Redskins, they’ll play them at home.
In the final five games of the season, the Redskins will play the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs at home before heading south to play the Atlanta Falcons. They’ll end the season at home against the Cowboys and then wrap things up at the Giants. Much like last season, the final five games could decide who wins the NFC East. The Redskins will have their work cutout for them as that final stretch will be tough and grueling.
The schedule makers were fairly kind to the Redskins. They’ll have back-to-back road games just once in weeks 10 and 11 against the Minnesota Vikings and Eagles respectively. Weeks 12 through 14 — against the 49ers, Giants and Chiefs — they’ll have a three-game home stand.
So, now for the big question. What will the Redskins final record be? It’s a tough one to answer. While there are teams that you would like to think the Redskins can easily beat, any team can win on any given Sunday. There are also games where they are certainly the underdogs.
To start, we can expect the Redskins to finish above the .500 mark and make another run at the postseason and NFC East Division Championship. Will they finish undefeated in the division? Yes, I think they will. Overall, I believe the Redskins will finish 12-4 with losses to the Bears, Broncos, Falcons and 49ers. While they’ll lose to four good teams, don’t expect them to be blowouts.
Read it and weep. The Redskins will finish the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record in the NFC East and 12-4 overall.