The Washington Redskins are 3-5, and are in the thick of the race to win the NFC East. That is kind of shocking if you think about it. The Dallas Cowboys, currently leading the division, are only 5-4, meaning the Redskins are only two and a half games out of the lead.
Last season, the Redskins started out 3-6, only to go on a seven-game winning streak propelling them to the playoffs. Are we in store for the same kind of playoff run this season? I say, yes.
Robert Griffin III is Washington’s game changer. Last year, he took the NFL by storm with his rocket arm and blazing speed. Unfortunately, as the 2012 season came to an end, Griffin started to get banged up on a regular basis. In his first playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons, Griffin blew out his knee. That injury has led to one of most talked about returns from an injury in recent history.
The beginning of the 2013 season started out with a far from phenomenal and rusty RG III. He did not have the same burst everyone had been accustomed to seeing. It was noticeable in his level of play and the lack of designed runs that made him so adored over the course of last season.
During the last few weeks, Griffin has regained that explosiveness. It was truly evident when he literally flew in the air for a first down against the San Diego Chargers. If Griffin can keep up with spectacular plays like that and keep himself from getting injured again, the Redskins will be threatening to make a similar playoff run to that of last year.
The Redskins’ first challenge in the wake of a playoff run is Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Redskins, Griffin and the national stage will be a fun combination to watch.