Washington Redskins: Updated Game-by-Game Outlook

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Washington Redskins: Updated Game-by-Game Outlook
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Few people make Shanny smile like RGIII.

The drama never ends in Washington.

Through just five games, the Redskins have already gone through a season's worth of highs and lows. Robert Griffin III was pulled with a concussion early in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons, helping along another tough loss last Sunday.

Griffin is confident he will play this Sunday, though. “The only symptom I do have is irritability because [the trainers and doctors] keep asking me the same questions,” he said, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post.

Whether you agree with it or not, there is an extremely high probability he plays.

Other players have been lost, though, and they won't have the same opportunity to come back in 2012. Brian Orakpo, Adam Carriker, Chris Neild, Roy Helu and a promising Chase Minnifield are out for the season.

One piece of good news is that Jammal Brown could be back as soon as Nov. 18.

Another is that the Redskins' previously woeful offense has turned into a sustainable and occasionally explosive force. It's not firing on all cylinders yet, but it still ranks sixth in total offense—10 spaces higher than last season.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said of their defense. It has dropped from 13th in 2011 to 27th this season. The defense did show up against Atlanta, but it was just on the field too long against the Falcons' potent offense.

Needless to say, this season has been a roller coaster. But that is football, and the Redskins seem to be more prone to devastation than most.

It's not too late to turn things around, though. It's all about clicking at the right time—just ask the Giants.

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