2018 Washington Redskins Season Win Totals Predictions and Expert Picks
2017 Record: 7-9
2018 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 7.0*
2018 Season Win Total Picks NFL Football: 'Over'
Much like the Chicago Bears , the Washington Redskins have been one of the least relevant and most overrated franchises in sports for the past 25 years. Like Chicago, Washington is one of the most hallowed football franchises in NFL history, a team whose history spans nearly a century. But, like Chicago, they have rarely and barely been competitive for more than a minute in the past quarter century.
Washington has not won more than 10 games in a season since the Super Bowl championship of 1991. The Redskins have made the playoffs just five times since 1993. And they have finished in the bottom two spots in the NFC East 13 times in the 16 years since conference realignment in 2002.
All that said - and I know what I'm about to say sounds crazy - I actually think that there might be some value with this team heading into the 2018 season.
The Eagles are getting loads of ink because they are the defending Super Bowl champions. The Cowboys always suck up a lot of oxygen from the bobblehead media because they are such a public team. And the Giants have garnered a lot of discussion this offseason because they play in the media capital of the world. But the one team that no one is talking about is the Redskins.
Washington brought in Alex Smith this offseason, and all Smith does is win. That's it. No one wants Smith to be their quarterback. But all he does is win, posting an 88-62 career record. Smith has had seven straight winning seasons as a starter, going 69-31 during that stretch. That means the Smith has averaged 10 wins and just four losses over the last seven years.
Smith has some tools to work with here in Washington. The Redskins have an extremely underrated offensive line, anchored by Pro Bowlers Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff. Tight end Jordan Reed is a difference-maker (the rare times he is healthy), and the Skins have some decent young receivers, including Seattle castoff Paul Richardson. If the running game clicks with Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley and Adrian Peterson, then the Redskins have the ability to field their second Top 10 offense in the past three years.
Washington has quietly compiled some solid defensive players as well. Mason Foster, Zach Brown, Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan form a quality linebacker group. And Josh Norman and D.J. Swearinger are physical players in the secondary. Perhaps the key to this team will be the healthy and effectiveness of the defensive line. This team has been terrible against the run and desperately needs the line to step up.
The Redskins led the league in injuries last year, losing 121 starts over the course of the season. If they can maintain some semblance of health on both sides of the ball then there aren't many weaknesses that I scan in their position groups.
So I guess it comes down to Jay Gruden. Does this guy know what he's doing? He is 28-35-1 over four seasons, and the Redskins have seen their win total drop each of the past two seasons. It is kind of now or never for Gruden, who is likely coaching for his job.
After a season-opening game at rebuilding Arizona, the Redskins get four of their next five games at home. That will give them a chance to stack some early wins and perhaps build some momentum. The NFC East crosses over with the AFC South, which is always one of the worst divisions in the NFL. And if the Redskins can win three of those four games and go at least 2-4 in their division then they should easily surpass this season win total.
I think that this is a team to watch. The Giants went from 6-10 in 2015 to 11-5 in 2016. The Cowboys went from 8-8 in 2014 to 12-4 in 2015 and then from 4-12 to 13-3 in the two seasons after that. Philadelphia was just 7-9 before exploding for a 13-3 regular season last year. So massive turnarounds in the NFC East have been the norm rather than the exception. It might just be Washington's time to make a move and get back to the playoffs. I'll play them 'over'.
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