It may be Labor Day weekend, but the Washington Redskins and the NFL never stop working. Later today, the Redskins will be required to cut their roster down to 53 men before the Eagles game coming up in just nine days. Yes Redskins fans rejoice—we are in the single digits.
Anyway ever since about February 4th tis the season of season previews and now, with rosters trimming down to league standards, the guys at NFL.com collectively shared their thoughts on among other things, the NFC East and NFC wildcards.
In an interview with ESPN980 last week, general manager Bruce Allen dubbed the NFC East as the “SEC of the NFL” and after a simple eye check it’s appropriate to agree with his sentiment. Not only have the Redskins, Cowboys and Giants (maybe next time Philly) combined to win 12 Super Bowls, but the division is now entering a resurgence thanks to yours truly—the Washington Redskins.
Entering this season, there are more unpredictable factors since quite possibly the 1979 season when the Redskins finished 10-6—third in the division and out of the playoffs. The difficulty of picking this division is reflected by the 11 NFL.com writers.
Of the 11 only two picked the Washington Redskins –Jeff Darlington and Elliot Harrison.
Darlington: “Too many people define the Redskins‘ season by how it ended: with Robert Griffin III injured. But the seven-game win streak they put together down the stretch didn’t come about by accident.”
The most popular pick you might ask? Well that goes to the Dallas Cowboys.
Hmmm not sure how that video ended up there. Weird.
As for the three wildcard appearance in nine seasons—Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah (a former scout for the Eagles if you must know) believe it’ll come true.
Brooks: “A strong defense and powerful running game is the recipe for postseason success, which is why the Redskins‘ last-minute entry to the playoffs will prompt observers to brand RGIII and Co. dark-horse contenders.”
Jeremiah: “Robert Griffin III‘s knee is a concern, but backup QB Kirk Cousins is very capable, and this defense is very underrated. Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo will harass opposing signal-callers on a weekly basis.”
Release the Kerrakpo.
CHIME IN: What do you think will be the biggest key to the Redskins winning back-to-back division titles for the first time in 29 years or the third wildcard berth in nine seasons? Is it indeed Robert Griffin III or a revamped defense?
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