Last year the Washington Redskins won 10 games for the first time since 2005 en route to the NFC East crown.
Half of those wins came against division foes and if it weren’t for a late touchdown pass surrendered to the New York Giants in Week 7 they would have gone undefeated in the division.
With the season that was fully behind us now (training camp is only five weeks away) it’s time to look ahead and see if the Redskins can win back-to-back NFC East titles for the first time since 1983-1984.
From 1976 to 1985 the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, their biggest rival of course, went back and forth at finishing on top of the division.
Some 30 years and one Week 17 do-or-die matchup later, it looks like the two franchises are going to rehash their war at the top of the East.
NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison analyzed the biggest threats to the eight division winners from 2012. While the Philadelphia Eagles have received a bevy of attention spurred from a coaching change and the New York Giants retaining a majority of their Super Bowl XLVI winning squad, it is the Cowboys that Harrison sees as the burgundy and gold’s biggest threat.
The Redskins and Cowboys played their butts off for the NFC East on the last Sunday-nighter of the regular season in 2012. Some Tony Romo interceptions and a shoulder injury to DeMarcus Ware sealed the deal.
…and three Alfred Morris touchdowns.
Anyways, back to Harrison’s thoughts.
Expect this division to be up for grabs in 2013.Romo is coming off of a fine campaign, considering the poor play of his line and DeMarco Murray‘s injury concerns — and the essential elimination of the Cowboys‘ running game. Defensively, theCowboys are switching to a 4-3 under former Tampa 2 guru Monte Kiffin. The thought is that the new-look unit will keep plays in front of itself and create more turnovers. Except for at safety, Dallas has the personnel.
In 13 career games against the Redskins, Romo has thrown 13 interceptions—including three in the Redskins’ 28-18 Week 17 division clinching victory last year.
As for Murray, he has played three games against Washington and has rushed for only 155 yards—and zero end zone trips.
What also remains to be seen if the Cowboys new look defense con contain the Redskins high-octane offense. Last year they gave up nearly 800 yards to the Burgundy and Gold.
All just food for thought.
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