Some divisions, like the AFC East, are dominated by one team year after year. The Patriots have seemingly won their division every season since the Beatles were still together (ok, only nine out of the last 10, but still).
The Redskins would love to achieve that level of dominance in their neck of the woods, and things are looking as good as they’ve been in many years, after winning the division last season and romping through the preseason.
However, repeating as NFC East champions has proven to be very elusive as of late.
It’s been almost a decade since any team (the 2003-2004 Philadelphia Eagles) went back-to-back as the No. 1 team in the division. All four NFC East teams are in big markets and have ownership groups who are very aggressive about winning, which makes for a highly competitive bunch, year after year. The NFC has almost certainly been the most competitive division in football, when taken as a whole over the past 30 years.
After nearly a decade of back-and-forth, the time is ripe for a back-to-back champ. But can the Redskins do it?
Of course, so much depends on injuries. Assuming all four teams remain relatively healthy throughout the course of the year, the Redskins would appear to have an excellent chance of repeating.
Their starting quarterback has been famously declared as being 100 percent healthy. They return the same offensive line that paved the way for the NFL’s No. 1 rushing attack, with the NFL’s No. 2 overall rusher in Alfred Morris toting the rock.
Additionally, Pierre Garcon also looks to be a full-go, and the team was 9-1 with him in the lineup last season. Joshua Morgan and Santana Moss have looked very solid in camp and Leonard Hankerson seems primed for a breakout year. Then there are those four tight ends that everyone is talking about.
Defensively, Brian Orakpo looks to form that dynamic duo with Ryan Kerrigan that was missing in 2012. The Redskins added some young ball hawking talent in the draft with David Amerson and Bacarri Rambo, and the middle linebackers look formidable with the ageless London Fletcher and heir apparent Perry Riley taclking whatever comes their way.
Their competition–particularly the Giants and the Eagles–appear to have some problems on the defensive side of the ball, and the Cowboys have yet to prove that they can dominate late in the season.
Throw all that together, and the Redskins have the best chance of any team in years to repeat as NFC East Champions. Now they just have to go prove it on the field, starting September 9th.
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