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Unbeaten Preseason, Good Times Ahead?

Posted by Evan Redmon on August 28, 2013 – 9:19 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

The Redskins have opened up their 2013 schedule with a bang. So far, the Burgundy and Gold are undefeated in their three exhibition games, and they’ve looked good doing it.

They rolled up 477 yards of offense against the Buffalo Bills; they harassed Ben Roethlisberger in their convincing defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers; and they made a successful two-point conversion as time wound down to edge the Tennessee Titans by a point in the preseason opener.

That means they are taking a successful tack to dominate in the regular season, right? Quite possibly.

However, only about a third of teams who have gone undefeated in the preseason during the Super Bowl era have gone on to make the playoffs. Of those teams, there are but two (2000 Baltimore Ravens and 2003 New England Patriots) who emerged as Super Bowl Champions.

Of course, preseason success can be very deceiving, with 90-man rosters full of players that will be on the outside looking in once the games count.

As the Redskins prepare to finish the exhibition season in Florida against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tomorrow, it seems like a worthwhile exercise to examine some of the particulars of the Redskins’ preseason success, in order to determine if it means anything as the regular season approaches.

The first barometer of success in the preseason is, how did the first team squads look?

The answer to that question is pretty darn good. The Redskins first team scored a touchdown in each game – two on offense and one on defense.

Additionally, the second and third teamers have generally outplayed their counterparts in each contest. The backups have also replaced some injured starters in a few cases, and the team hasn’t seemed to miss a beat. It helps to have a quarterback like Rex Grossman as the third stringer, who once started in a Super Bowl and has several years of experience in Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system.

All this speaks to great organizational proficiency. The Redskins have their best depth in years, and they have a high-performing unit of starters as a result of successful drafting and smart free agent signings.

So if the ‘Skins should defeat the Bucs to close out the preseason, there is every reason to think that they will be one of 31 percent of teams who make the playoffs after a 4-0 preseason.

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One Response to “Unbeaten Preseason, Good Times Ahead?”

  1. By James Jack on Aug 28, 2013 | Reply

    This year is their best chance to go to the super bowl since the first joe gibbs years. Seattle and sanfrancisco stand in the way thou.if rg griffin plays the whole season we have a very good chance. Otherwise we might not make it past even atlanta.

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