As a series of articles, we look at game by game predictions for each NFC East team. Starting with the defending Champions; the Washington Redskins. Possibly one of the most difficult to predict after a strong showing last season, but some of the number do flatter to deceive.
So what will happen this season in weeks 1 to 4 for the Redskins:
Week 1 – Home v Pittsburgh Steelers – WIN
Bear with me on this one, as we start very bold with the Redskins causing somewhat of a shock by beating a Superbowl Dark Horse Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Steelers are missing their best 3rd and 4th best offensive players in Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant, pair that with a new and improved secondary roaming at FedEx Field it may not be as easy for Big Ben to have his way in this one. Kirk Cousins and the Redskins will be determined to prove a point after a lot of stick for not beating a “good” team last season and will stick this one in the books early and make a statement.
Week 2 – Home v Dallas Cowboys – WIN
Three things in life are guaranteed: Death, Taxes and the Cowboys & Redskins splitting their season series. Even when one team is clearly doing better than the other, the rivalry seems to stir something up that gets the worse team a victory. See evidence of this last year when a Romo-less Cowboys shocked the ‘Skins in their own backyard on Monday Night Football; and similarly the year before when Colt McCoy decided to play out of his skin and deliver an overtime win. I’ll give the Redskins home advantage in this one; and no prizes for guessing my result prediction for the Week 12 matchup in Dallas…
Week 3 – Away @ NY Giants – LOSS
As a Redskins fan, this was a hard one for me to put but I can see the Big Blue putting up a W here. The Giants run defense will be significantly improved with Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon and JPP all signed up this off-season and Matt Jones far from a proven commodity at Running Back for the Redskins. If Jones can have his way with a defense and really show the vast potential that he showed in small doses last season, then maybe I can see this one being a Redskins win and a good start, but as of now I’d have to give the edge to the Giants.
Week 4 – Home v Cleveland Browns – WIN
After the last one being hard to write as a loss; this one was quite easy. I do think that the Browns will be MUCH improved this season under Hue Jackson and will give RGIII’s career a second wind. But away to the NFC East Champs is a very tricky assignment for the Factory of Sadness and their defense is still suspect right now. Kirk Cousins and the offence will have more than enough to see off Jackson’s boys here and start their season 3-1.