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Posted by: on Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Opportunity Still Knocking For Redskins in NFC East

Head Coach Mike Shanahan came out last week and said that his team’s season was basically over with, and after the bye week, there would be nothing left to do but evaluate who is going to be on the team for the rest of the year. To the contrary! In fact, if you have a chance to make your NFL picks for the Super Bowl on the Washington Redskins, there won’t be any better time but the present to do so!

Ok, it’s terribly difficult to picture how the Redskins are going to go from a 3-6 team all the way to winning the Super Bowl, but when you look at the schedule, you’ll understand why they aren’t nearly out of it yet. Off the bye come three straight games in the NFC East, with the only one of those coming on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. The game against the Baltimore Ravens at home might not be as difficult as it seemed a few weeks ago, and then road trips against the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. Finally, a home game with the hated Cowboys.

The truth of the matter is that, save for the Giants and the Ravens, there is a great chance that the rest of the teams on this schedule will have already given up on the campaign when Washington shows up on the slate.

The truth of the matter is that this team has played well enough to be a significantly better team than 3-6. The game against the St. Louis Rams was totally coughed away, and the games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants were all games that could have been won as well.

QB Robert Griffin III isn’t just a sideshow. He is a legitimate NFL quarterback that is leading his team to 25.1 PPG. If he and the offense can keep it up, the season indeed might not be over after all for the Skins.


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