Coming into the year, most people knew that the NFC East was very weak division that any team could come up on top by the end of the year. But 11 weeks into the year, no one would’ve thought that the Redskins, with Kurt Cousins as quarterback, would be in actual contention for winning the division. Looking at this team, they are now 4-6 on the year, and are only a game back of the New York Giants, tied for second with the Eagles.
Even though this team does not seem to be the favorite to actually come out on top, there is true optimism on why this team could be in 1st and the season’s end. The Eagles have just lost their quarterback, Sam Bradford, for the next couple weeks, and at this point in the year, no one knows what to expect from March Sanchez coming in from the backup role. The Giants have one of the hardest, if not the hardest remaining schedules remaining for the rest of the season, so they could easily go on a downward spiral out of contention if their poor use of the clock continues to lose them games late. We can even include the possibility of the Cowboys being in contention, but for this article, I will say that they are too far behind with too few games left in the year even with the return of Romo.
With the blowout against the offensive powerhouse Saints last Sunday, the Redskins have momentum going into a big game versus the undefeated Carolina Panthers. This team is playing well and could easily be the team that ends Carolina’s perfect run, and give this team the realization to America that they are the real deal. There is still much time left in the season, and a team can easily bust in the remaining 7 weeks of the year, especially the way so many of the teams in the league this year are evenly matched. Time will only tell with the Redskins. There are many games on their remaining schedule that will test to see if this team can handle staying in the contention for the NFC east division title. But the way this team is playing right now, they should easily be considered favorites to come out on top in one of the closest divisions in football.