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The Redskins finished last in the division, and may do so again unless things start clicking. They have some solid players, but also have holes that could hold back the team.
Offense wasn't their strong point as they finished 19th overall last year. I know the defense could have used some tweaking, but I expected some offensive picks in the draft this year.
However, none came until they took a tight end and wide receiver in the seventh round. So it looks like they are confident with what they have. They do have a decent duo at receiver, and a strong tight end in Cooley.
Portis is a grind-it-out back and can pick up some yards. The real question with the offense is how well QB Jason Campbell will do this year.
The defense was very strong, and landed itself in the No. 4 spot in the league. Though I thought they needed work on offense, Washington acquired some very good defensive players that will help solidify their defense. Most notably is DE Brian Orakpo. He will excel at end, playing next to DT Haynesworth who, at 6'6" 350 lbs, demands double-teams.
Though they play several tough teams, the Redskins schedule is not difficult. They will have to play the Giants and Eagles twice each. But they get more than enough opportunity to win against the Rams, Lions, Chiefs, Raiders, and possibly the Cowboys.
Washington has several advantages that might lead to success. Though they haven't shown much, and still have a question mark on the offense, if they play well enough, and Dallas can't find its gear, Washington could find itself third in the division.