NFC East

Washington Redskins, A Surprise Team?

Entering their Week 7 game against the Cowboys, the Redskins were 1-1 in their previous two games, 2-2 in their last four games, 3-3, in their last six games, 5-5 in their last 10 games, 6-6 in their last 12 games, 7-7 in their last 14 games, 10-10 in their last 20 games, 16-16-1 in their last 37 games and 28-28-1 in their last 57 games. If that isn’t an average football team, I don’t know what is. But don’t look now, but that same team is currently 5-2 and atop the NFC East.

Before the season started, the Redskins suffered a big blow with the news of running back Derrius Guice, their 2nd-round draft pick out of LSU, tearing his ACL. Guice could have been the best offensive rookie in football this season. After the rookie’s season-ending injury, the Redskins went out and signed Adrian Peterson. The 33-year-old Peterson has fought off father time exceptionally this year; he is currently 5th in the league in rushing yards while averaging 4.6 yards per carry and five total touchdowns. It is rare for running backs who are around the same age as Peterson to produce as much as he has.

Last season, the Redskins were 12th in yards allowed and tied for 27th in points allowed. It’s been a completely different story so far this season. Washington currently ranks second in yards allowed and fifth in points allowed. Their defense has surprised many, and it could get even better with their recent acquisition of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

With that, let’s take a look at the Redskins next six games.

Week 10: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 12: vs. Houston Texans

Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 14: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 15: vs. New York Giants

Other than at Philadelphia and maybe the game against the Cowboys, the Redskins should be favored in all of those matchups. They are already 5-2, and this is a good opportunity for them to add more wins. With the Eagles failing to look like last season’s Super Bowl-winning team, the Cowboys inconsistencies, and the Giants being flat out horrible could the NFC East title be the Redskins to lose? Few people thought we’d be legitimately asking that question this late into the season. Every year there are surprise teams in the NFL, will the Redskins be one of those teams this season?

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