There are many intriguing match-ups to watch on the Washington Redskins 2010 schedule, but several that stand out from the rest.
These games will be the barometer for the rest of the season, and if the Redskins come away successful, the team should do well in the playoffs. On the flip side, if the Redskins perform poorly in these five games, 2010 will be a long struggle.
Fresh off of a Super Bowl loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Colts will come into this season with something to prove.
At this point in the season, Mike Shanahan's offense should be firing on all cylinders. With the Colts offense being a consistent threat every year with Peyton Manning at the helm, this game will definitely be a shoot-out.
The Redskins have to hope that Brian Orakpo and company can get enough pressure on Manning to give them the edge.
PREDICTION: Redskins 34, Colts 31.
The 2009 NFC runner-ups should be strong again in 2010, if you-know-who returns for another season. In late November, the Redskins and Vikings should be jockeying for spots in the playoffs.
Because of that position, this could turn into a real dogfight. This one will come down to the wire. Any team would be foolish to count out Brett Favre before the final second expires.
PREDICTION: Redskins 21, Vikings 16.
With three games left in the season, the Cowboys and Redskins will be neck-and-neck in the race to win the NFC East. It's a crucial contest for both teams, but it's in Dallas, and the Cowboys will have the advantage. In a playoff atmosphere, the Cowboys and Redskins will pound each other in an intense defensive struggle.
PREDICTION: Cowboys 17, Redskins 14.
Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia. Enough said.
Well, just a bit more. McNabb has already downplayed the importance he puts on this game, but nobody is buying it.
He wants to beat the Eagles like a drum. He will play harder in this game than any other game in his life. McNabb won't let the Redskins lose this game.
Even if he has to rush for 100+ yards himself.
PREDICTION: Redskins 27, Eagles 10.
First game of the season. Sunday Night Football. Redskins and Cowboys. Does it get any bigger than that? The hype is already building around the Cowboys as a Super Bowl contender.
The Redskins may be the most improved team in the league. Every division game is critical to both teams' playoff hopes. These bitter rivals are chomping at the bit to go after each other.
This should be a game filled with defensive miscues, exploited by their high-powered offensive counterparts. The Redskins will surprise the league with this game, shocking an overconfident Dallas team.
PREDICTION: Redskins 30, Cowboys 24.