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Pigskin Heaven's Sascha Bartels is breaking down every single team in the NFL prior to the season. Here is his analysis and forecast for the Washington Redskins. Click on a team to read its preview.

AFC East: BUF | MIA | NE | NYJ

AFC North: BAL | CIN | CLE | PIT

AFC South: IND | HOU | JAX | TEN

AFC West: DEN | KAN | OAK | SDG

NFC East: DAL | NYG | PHI | WAS

NFC North: CHI | DET | GBA | MIN

NFC South: ATL | CAR | NOL | TBA

NFC West: ARI | STL | SFO | SEA

 

What’s New?

It's year two of the Jim Zorn era, and there weren't quite as many changes, especially on offense, as there were last year.

Defensively, there were only a few moves made too, as this seems to be a rather quiet, uncharacteristic offseason for Dan Snyder.

He did ink Albert Haynesworth to a $100 million deal and kept DeAngelo Hall around while cutting ties with Shawn Springs and Jason Taylor.

This season, the Redskins had two draft picks in the first three rounds and six overall—both of those numbers could be records during the Snyder era. They made the early picks count, picking up perhaps the best defender in the draft in Brian Orakpo and later picking cornerback Kevin Barnes.

 

Three Burning Questions

 

Is Jason Campbell going to prove that he deserves to be this team's QB?

In 36 games as the Redskins' starter, Campbell has thrown 35 TDs. Considering the weapons given to him on offense, that's just not enough.

Last year, while playing his first 16-game season, Campbell had respectable numbers in completion percentage (62.3), yards (3,245), and quarterback rating (84.3) and he only threw six interceptions. The glaring weaknesses along the stat line were 13 touchdowns he threw.

With Portis and Betts continuing to carry the running game and Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, and second-year pros Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly receiving, Campbell has to get his TD total to at least around 22 or the Redskins could soon be looking elsewhere.

 

Will Albert Haynesworth stay motivated now that he's been paid?

That was the main concern expressed by many—that once Haynesworth earns his contract, he will slump into mediocrity and carelessness.

I would assume that Haynesworth heard these comments enough to be motivated by them at least for the first season.

He's joined on the line by the likes of Andre Carter and Cornelius Griffin, and if those components all stay healthy it could mean a huge rookie season for Orakpo.

 

Will somebody establish themselves opposite Moss?

I mentioned Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly earlier. Both were second round picks last year, but neither had particularly good years.

They combined for 18 catches and 138 yards, and Thomas was responsible for most of that.

The smart money would be on Thomas to eclipse Kelly's performance, but will he be good enough this year to provide Campbell with that added receiving weapon?

 

Prognosis

For the prognosis and final record, read the originally posted article here.

 

This is an original article by Pigskin Heaven Staffer, Sascha Bartels. You can read it, more of Sascha's articles, and more from the Pigskin Heaven staff here.

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