Here is something that I’m predicting: The Redskins will once again look very impressive in the preseason. Robert Griffin III will play well along with his fellow teammates.
The preseason has tricked us in the past; even as far back as Spurrier’s debut in Osaka, Japan. The past two preseasons have been an illusion for us desperate Redskins fans.
I remember watching Rex Grossman methodically moving the ball down the field against the starters of the Baltimore Ravens last year. Right there, I started to believe (maybe just a little) that we might survive with the enigmatic Grossman.
Even though I’m going to watch all four games in their entirety, I know to take the exhibition season with a grain of salt. It appears that each team has a different approach to them, and the Redskins seem to come out swinging with Mike Shanahan at the helm.
So what I’m going to do is ignore the performances in August. I will not let them dictate my predictions for the upcoming regular season.
I know that sounds pessimistic, but I feel it to be rational.
Now onto the regular season; I’m looking at a record of 8-8. Now that might discourage some readers, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m okay with finishing .500.
For one, it’s a realistic improvement from a five-win team last year. They still have a lot of chemistry to develop and once again have a pretty gruesome schedule.
Even though former rookies Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and Andy Dalton all made the playoffs their first year, that doesn’t happen too often.
I want to see a competitive team with zero off-field dramatic distractions and not one snap for Rex Grossman. We achieve that, finish .500 and beat the Cowboys at least once, I will accept.
I know I’ll get a few comments saying: “We’re going 10-6 and taking the NFC East! HTTR!.” Please know that I want that to happen more than anything. In fact, I hope I’m dead wrong on my prediction. I pray we go 10-6.
I don’t care if I’m wrong on every prediction because that’s what being a Redskins fan is all about. All we want to see is wins.
I would be fine going winless in my fantasy football league (Even though that’s an impossibility, your 2011 fantasy football champion thank you very much) and be subject to criticism probably my entire life if that ever happened if somehow that translated to the Skins winning.
Below you will find a win-loss prediction of the 2012-2013 season, and I’ll be dividing the 16 games into quarters. I’m doing that because NFL franchises like to approach their seasons quarterly, and it might make my job a little easier.