Washington Redskins: How 'Skins Defense Stacks Up Against NFC East in 2012

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Washington Redskins: How 'Skins Defense Stacks Up Against NFC East in 2012
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Much of the hype surrounding the Washington Redskins entering the 2012 season has centered on the offense and wunderkind Robert Griffin III.  Not that I'm saying the hype is unwarranted, but a closer look into the Redskins' youth movement reveals some big gains made on the defensive side of the ball as well. 

As the Redskins have struggled mightily for the better part of the last two decades, it's been the Burgundy and Gold defense that has, at times, fielded some elite units. 

The good news for fans is that the team's front seven looks to be much improved.  London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan will be one of the better linebacker trios in the NFL, and the defensive line, which made strides in 2011, will gladly welcome back stud tackle Jarvis Jenkins, who should be an impact player in 2012. 

The secondary, on the other hand, will be a bevy of new faces with varying levels of experience, featuring the likes of Cedric Griffin, Brandon Meriweather and Tanard Jackson.  

The NFC East returns a super champion in the New York Giants, and both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles addressed some pressing needs in the draft. 

Suffice to say, running the NFC gauntlet won't be a cakewalk in 2012. 

Let's take a look at how well the Redskins defense stacks up against opposing NFC East offenses in 2012. 

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