We knew things would be interesting in Washington this year, yet the unpredictable twists and turns of the Redskins this year have kept up guessing. Since the start of the season, we've seen Quarterback redemption, defensive star turmoil, and now, we're in the midst of a running back clash.
The Redskins started the year with an impressive, clutch win over the Dallas Cowboys, followed by a hard-fought overtime loss to the very improved Houston Texans. But as the tide was turning, the Redskins were shutdown by the Rams, and they proceeded to do the same to the Philadelphia Eagles, shelving Michael Vick in the process.
Washington is still very heard to get a read on. Even with a great cover defense last week, the Redskins yielded 243 passing yards, nearly double what Donovan McNabb totaled. Overall on the year, the Skins have been out-rushed and out-passed despite their record.
The Albert Haynseworth factor has been a complete miss this year, as he failed to show up until playing hurt in this past week's game against Philadelphia. His four tackles in the game brought him up to six on the season, well shy of any team leaders. He has also yet to record a sack.
Clinton Portis is also showing signs of slowing down, running for less impressive numbers each week. In his place, Ryan Torain, a long-term pet project of Head Coach Mike Shanahan, has been stellar. With Portis' status in question, Torain should begin to see the majority of the snaps from the backfield.
The jury is still out on the Redskins to this point, as every time they look good, they do something else to look flatout bad.
Better or Worse than 2-2: Push.