For weeks now, the Washington Redskins have been riding high off of a successful training camp and an even better preseason where they finished with the first flawless 4-0 record since 1985.
To be expected though, not everyone is going to be on the burgundy and gold’s side; this includes NFL “experts”. As the Redskins Blog wrote the other day and general manager Bruce Allen continues to reiterate, the NFC East has, is and always will be a tossup. Last season the Redskins finished first, the year before that last. The Eagles finished the 2010 season with a 10-6 record, good enough for first place. Since their sixth division title in 10 seasons, the Eagles have mustered third and fourth place finishes. The Cowboys went first to worst during the 2009-2010 seasons and the Giants failed to even contend for the division title at season’s end last year after winning Super Bowl XLVI.
If you didn’t follow that NFC East train of information in its entirety—well it’s because no one knows where it’s going during any particular season. Some years the train reaches the station with no problem while others—it derails just as quickly as it started. Having said that the Redskins finally appear to have the necessary foundation in place to sustain competitiveness in the division for years to come.
Forecast it as a gentle breeze of legitimacy if you will. Of course it doesn’t hurt having Robert Griffin III–and Alfred Morris–and Trent Williams–and Ryan Kerrigan–and 48 other players with the wherewithal that there will be doubters. First up is CBSSports’ Pete Prisco who has the Redskins 16th on their initial 2013 regular season power ranking.
While the formula for how the rankings were picked is bubble wrapped in a secret CBSSports manila folder, they did drop behind a Cowboys team that finished the preseason 2-3 and didn’t score more than 24 points in any contest. Granted their starters didn’t play all four quarters of all five contests, but neither did the Redskins starters. So what gives?
Were the playmaking abilities of the defense not taken into account? Were special teams plays fast-forwarded through via DVR? Yes the preseason isn’t the sole litmus test for a team’s success in the regular season, but it shouldn’t be completely discredited either.
As for the Redskins first four opponent’s rankings:
If the Redskins can win the games they are supposed to and/or upset the Packers at their famed Wisconsin dwelling—well those winds will start churning out wind gusts of nostalgia.
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