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Disclaimer: I’m going to call them the Redskins because that’s their name right now, despite the growing controversy to change it.
The Redskins were stunned by the Eagles' uptempo offense in week one, clobbered by the Packers in Week 2, and edged by the Lions in Week 3. In Week 4, they defeated the Raiders on the road before heading into their bye week. This Sunday night, the Cowboys pulled away late in the game and gave Washington their fourth defeat of the season.
While the offense has been near the top half in passing and rushing yards, the defense has been one of the worst units in the league in both passing and rushing yards allowed.
Verdict: Pretender. Living in the D.C. area has afforded me the privileges of listening to Redskins fans constantly complain about the state of their team. Some claim RGIII was rushed back too quickly and he’s still shaking off the rust. Perhaps there's some truth to that, but he's been cleared by the team's medical and coaching staff, and he's worked tremendously hard this offseason to be ready for the full 16 games. His one "preseason" game just so happened to be the Monday night game against Philadelphia. He is starting to show flashes of his old self five games in, running when he needs to and taking what defenses are giving him.
Even though this team was 3-6 last year before ripping off seven straight wins to secure the NFC East, and is only 1.5 games back of Dallas and Philadelphia, there are too many question marks on defense to think that this team can win the division again.