Well, as good of a position as a 1-3 team can be in, probably.
Yes, that’s right, as poorly as the first quarter of the 2013 season went for the Washington Redskins (and, if you haven’t been paying attention, it went brutally), they still miraculously find themselves in the thick of playoff contention, not only for a potential Wild Card spot, but for the NFC East crown, after defeating Oakland 24-14 last Sunday.
Thanks to the three other (also not very good) teams in the East losing in Week 4, Washington is only 1 game behind the Dallas Cowboys for the division lead, and oh, guess who they happen to play in Week 6? Not so crazy now am I? Obviously, Dallas still has to lose next week to Denver, and the Giants must find a way to outscore Philly, for the Week 6 matchup to be for first place, but I highly doubt that anyone in the Washington locker room thought they’d be this close to first after they start they had.
Of course, this does not mean that the Redskins have suddenly fixed all of their problems, of which there are many. Robert Griffin III regressed slightly against the Raiders, looking more like a rookie last week then he ever did in his actual rookie season of 2012. Alfred Morris played well, but suffered a rib injury in the second half and his status is unknown for the showdown against Dallas. Santana Moss has been invisible thus far, and Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson have thoroughly underwhelmed in what was supposed to be their breakout years.
The defense looked much improved, but that improvement came against a QB who is now 3rd string, a backup tailback, a backup LT AND RT, and a backup TE. That’s a depleted offense if I’ve ever seen one, so we really won’t know how much the D has progressed* until they go up against the ‘Boys, a scary situation to be in when stud WR Dez Bryant and potential-future-HOFer Jason Witten are staring you down. And, as much as I hate to admit it, Tony Romo is not nearly as bad as some people (myself included) like to believe.
* Except for Ryan Kerrigan. That is a bad, bad man, everyone, and I mean that in the best possible sense. Kerrigan is an offensive coordinator’s worst nightmare come to life in human form.
It’s not ideal, but Redskins fans all across the country will welcome the opportunity with open arms after the debacle that was Weeks 1-3. Some things to watch for during the torturous bye week:
- Dallas losing (hopefully)
- Giants over Philly (again, hopefully)
- Where will the newly-released QB Josh Freeman end up? (Hint: Not in DC)
- Seattle at Indy will be a fantastic matchup and a great test for Offensive ROTY runner-up Andrew Luck.
Enjoy a relatively stress-free football weekend, folks. It’ll be the last one for a while.