Washington Redskins‘ fans have seen this movie before. Following a loss in week 10, the Redskins are now 3-6 and long shots to make the playoffs. You can go through the list of excuses: Robert Griffin III wasn’t himself for the first several weeks, the Redskins’ defense and special teams aren’t any good, Mike Shanahan is a bad coach. You can cite any reason you want, but the reality is still exactly the same as it was a year ago – 3-6.
So the all important question on everyone’s mind – can they do it again?
The odds of making the playoffs two years in a row after starting the year 3-6, are simply not good. But the Redskins do have one thing in their favor. That’s the fact that they play in the NFC East. In any other division in football, I’d give them zero chance at making the playoffs.
When you look at the NFC East top to bottom, there’s no doubt that the Redskins are still alive. I would still say that they’re on life support, because the Dallas Cowboys seem like a better team at this point, but Washington isn’t dead yet.
The Redskins’ upcoming schedule could certainly be worse. They’ve got four more total divisional games where they’ll face each team, but all those games are no doubt winnable. However, their most crucial games will come against the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.
While I’m not ready to stick a fork in the Redskins in 2013, they’re only one or two losses away from looking ahead to 2014.