Commander in Chief, El Jefe Ken Meringolo and I have decided to both give our predictions for the upcoming season following the official schedule reveal tonight. Ken's picks will come tomorrow morning to add a little Kool-Aid to your brunch. I'll be offering a slightly different take, and hopefully the Redskins can surprise this season with a quick turnaround with the help of GM Scot McCloughan and the new coaches and players. I'm basing my picks on the state of the team over the last few seasons, instability at QB, and the belief that the Redskins are more than a few players away from contention.
First some quick observations about the schedule:
- Ending the season with 3 out of the 4 final games on the road, and the final two against division rivals is going to be a rough end to the year
- The Redskins open up the season against two very stout defensive lines at home with Ndamukong Suh and the Dolphins Week 1, and the Rams with multiple threats
- The Redskins then have two straight games against NFC East opponents and will need to come out with at least one win there to stay competitive in the division early
- The Week 8 bye should help with injuries and they have a weak opponent before the bye, but then travel to the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots after the bye.
- The Redskins have 7 games between their first back-to-back division games to their next set in Week 12. Then finish the season with 4 division games in the last 6 weeks.