Despite having drafted quarterback Robert Griffin III and entering year three of the Mike Shanahan era, no one was very kind to the Redskins last year in season previews.
Sure there was Pete Prisco predicting that the Burgundy and Gold would finish with their worst record in 18 years behind a 0-6 division record, but he wasn’t alone. The gents over in Bristol, Connecticut at the ESPN headquarters were even stinger with their forecast—a franchise low 2-14 record during the modern-day 16 game schedule.
Obviously those calculations never came to fruition as the Redskins went 10-6 (with a 5-1 division record thank you very much) and secured the first playoff game at FedExField in 13 years.
While I have yet to see predictions surface for 2013, I can tell you that Athlon Sports believes that the Redskins will at very least have one of the toughest roads to Super Bowl XLVIII.
A good problem to have.
The NFL has a very structured scheduling system where the winners of each division within a conference play each other the next year.
Resulting from their finish at the top of the heap in the NFC East, the Redskins will face the division-winning Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.
The trio of NFC “kings” matchups and the traditional hurdles within the division, and the Redskins have the league’s sixth hardest schedule.
“Only the Packers will play a tougher set of swing games as the Redskins face both the Niners and Falcons in the final six weeks. Add to it battles with Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler as well as six always territorial divisional games and the ‘Skins are facing one of the league’s toughest schedules.”
Yes, for those of you attending games at FedExField this fall expect a higher number of star-studded quarterback battles than usual.
Athlon’s analysis doesn’t stop there.
“That is to say nothing of the road trip to Minnesota. With Robert Griffin III’s return still a guessing game, Washington needed some good news with the scheduling and it got absolutely no favors — other than the max five primetime games, of course.”
Well the Redskins did go a perfect 3-0 in primetime last year.
No matter how challenging the obstacles will be in the franchise’s quest for a fourth Lombardi Trophy, I think everyone will be happy to have football back.
As long as no one predicts another 2-14 season.
Hail to the Redskins!
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