Projected Record: 10-6
NFC East Rank: Tied with Giants for 1st
Before last season, the Redskins hadn’t won an NFC East title since 1999. That was also before they traded away three first round picks and one second round pick for their franchise quarterback, RGIII. Sure, the investment was steep for one player, but that player will probably be the superstar wearing a Redskins uniform for the next decade. That’s a scary thought for all Giants, Cowboys, and Eagles fans. Last season, the Redskins fell to Russell Wilson’s Seahawks in the wild card round; however, it was overshadowed by RG3’s serious ACL and LCL injury. With all fans awaiting the return of Robert Griffin III on September 9th, the season opener against the Eagles, we can’t help but wonder how far he’ll take them in 2013.
Washington acquired WR Donte Stallworth this offseason to help Griffin III in the passing game. Last season, RG3 made the best out of a mediocre WR corp that included Josh Morgan, Pierre Garcon, and an aged Santana Moss. In 10 NFL seasons, Stallworth has accrued 321 receptions and 4,837 yards. This acquisition will surely help an offense that lacked any deep threats or endzone targets last season.
The offensive output that has been mentioned thus far hasn’t even taking into account, RB Alfred Morris, the Redskin’s 1,000-yard rusher. As a rookie last season, Morris rushed for 1,613 yards (second behind Adrian Peterson) and 13 touchdowns (second to Arian Foster). Although it would be difficult to match his production from last year, an immediate drop off isn’t imminent. It would be invaluable for the Redskins if he could manage 1,500 yards this upcoming season. Yet, this rests on RG3 as well. If RG3 isn’t healthy, then too much of the offensive burden will be placed on Alfred Morris and he won’t be able to perform at his optimal level. Nevertheless, the Redskins should place an importance on the running game (running game includes Morris and RG3), because their passing game has the possibility of becoming stifled on any given Sunday.
Their defensive unit hasn’t experienced much change from a season ago except for the safety position. They drafted two potential starting safeties in Phillip Thomas and Baccari Rambo. Washington ranked 30th in the league last year for yards allowed and 29th in touchdowns allowed. This secondary could definitely use some help, but the Redskins don’t have the financial capabilities to make their defense drastically different for this upcoming season.
Ultimately, this team has not made any acquisition that could make a major impact upon their record, so it seems as if the Redskins will have the same record as last year at 10-6, which is good enough for a tie at the top of the division. If Robert Griffin III doesn’t manage to put up similar statistics to his rookie campaign, then the Redskins will be towards the bottom of the division, something they’ve been used to for the majority of the 21st century.