NFL Predictions for 2010 Season: Washington Redskins Preview

Ryan FryeSenior Analyst IAugust 9, 2010

ASHBURN, VA - APRIL 15:  Washington Redskins Donovan McNabb works out at the Washington Redskins training facility on April 15, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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1.) Can Mike Shanahan do for Donavon McNabb what he did for John Elway? 

If it's winning Super Bowls, no. The Redskins still have a way to go before they get to serious Super Bowl contention. They could easily make the playoffs, more on that later on. McNabb will actually have a running game this season, which should take pressure off him. I think McNabb will be rejuvenated to be in a town that likes him and be able to rely on the running game.

2.) Will Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker all be on the roster come week 1?

Clinton Portis should be on the roster, but there are doubts about the other two. Larry Johnson needs to stay out of trouble and if he does that he'll make it. Willie Parker needs to prove he can stay healthy and has something left to provide to this offense. My guess is they will, but that depends on health and off the field issues.

3.) Will the additions of Trent Williams and Jamaal Brown make the offensive line respectable?

Both are very athletic tackles, which is what Mike Shanahan wants in his system. Jamaal Brown has been a franchise left tackle in this league with the Saints. Injuries have plagued Brown recently, so he needs to get healthy to be a difference maker. Trent Williams has tons of potential from Oklahoma and will be the left tackle, leaving Brown to play right tackle.

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4.) Could Brian Orakpo be an even bigger factor in 2010?

Did great in 2009 and will now be in the 3-4 defense. The 3-4 scheme is a dream for linebackers and his numbers will show.

5.) Record? 

9-7, second in the NFC East

This idea originated from ESPN's Mike & Mike. To check out there opinion on the Redskins, click here. I will be back tomorrow with previews of the Broncos and Giants.