Save for his rookie season as head coach, the Washington Redskins have flourished under the watch of Jay Gruden once he bolted the AFL for the NFL. Since going 4-12 in 2014-15, the Skins have produced 9-7, 8-7-1 and 7-9 records. They won the NFC East in 2015-16 before getting trounced in the wild card round by the Green Bay Packers.
While there has been some success in the nation’s capital, it hasn’t been enough for Redskins’ fans. They want more, and by golly, Daniel Snyder is doing his best to give it to him. If they aren’t happy, Gruden will no doubt be out of a job come the season’s end. Regardless, linemakers aren’t very high on this team in 2018 with the season win total checking in at 7. The betting public aren’t believers either with heavy juice currently attached to the under.
With no deal being able to be struck with Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith is now the quarterback of the offense. Whether that’s a good thing remains to be seen. After turning it over 27 times last season with 13 coming by way of interceptions, one area Washington will improve is in the turnover differential with Smith one of the best in the league at taking care of the pigskin.
Still, Washington’s offense was dreadful last season. It couldn’t run the ball to save its life ( No. 28 ), and because of it, the offense was forced to settle for 3s way more than 6s all season long. With Derrius Guice falling into their laps later on in the draft than expected, that might not be the case in 2018. The kids a stud and is used to running up against tough defenses after cutting his chops in the SEC at LSU. He and Chris Thompson will no doubt be boons to fantasy football rosters this season.
The offseason acquisition of Paul Richardson will also add to the effectiveness of the passing game with Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder proving to be capable receivers the last few seasons. There is talent on the offensive side of the ball, but the unit’s success or lack thereof ultimately hinges upon the old guard getting on page with the new guard as quickly as possible.
The injury bug ravaged this team a season ago. It’s very rare it does the same to a roster in successive seasons. However, Washington has shown year in and year out that it does have a number of china dolls littered within its roster. If the team can stay healthy, it can surprise and silence its naysayers over the course of the season. The schedule isn’t a bear. Should it be able to attain a +.500 record through the first eight weeks, I forecast a disappointing season for those looking to fade the other Gruden in 2018.
Week 1: Redskins at Cardinals, Sunday, September 9, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Colts at Redskins, Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Redskins at Packers, Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Bye Week
Week 5: Redskins at Saints, Monday, October 8, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 6: Panthers at Redskins, Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Cowboys at Redskins, Sunday, October 21, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Redskins at Giants, Sunday, October 28, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 9: Falcons at Redskins, Sunday, November 4, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 10: Redskins at Buccaneers, Sunday, November 11, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Texans at Redskins, Sunday, November 18, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Redskins at Cowboys, Thursday, November 22, 4:30 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Redskins at Eagles, Monday, December 3, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 14: Giants at Redskins, Sunday, December 9, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Redskins at Jaguars, Sunday, December 16, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Redskins at Titans, Sunday, December 23, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Eagles at Redskins, Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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