In the wake of the Eagles’ loss to the Falcons last night, smarter folks than myself took to twitter and other informational avenues to observe that the Redskins held sole possession of first place in the NFC East. No way! Can’t be! I looked at the official standings on NFL.com, and whaddya know… They were right!
Think back to when the schedules were released. One of the first things we all do as fans is pencil in the wins and losses for the season. I think most Redskins fans (and non-Redskins fans for that matter) would have penciled in a 1-1 start, with a home loss to the Giants to open it up, and a win the following week against the Cardinals. However, in the wake of the the Giants’ absurdly awful, injury-riddled offseason, a lot of people had the Redskins beating the Giants, myself included. After seeing the Cards eek out a home win over the seemingly lowly Carolina Panthers while getting lit up by a rookie starting QB to the tune of 400+ yards, the perception that the Skins would take care of the Cards probably didn’t change for most people.
Redskins fans should enjoy this moment. Their team is atop the NFC East, and frankly, the Skins have earned it. The D is monumentally better. The offense is beginning to form its own weird identity (a good thing, compared to the faceless mess of an offense that took the field in 2010). They should have won their first two games… and they did. So for your visual enjoyment, Skins fans, I’ll remind the other NFC East teams who they’re looking up at:
It gets harder from here on out for the Redskins. Four out of the next five games are on the road, and while the Cowboys, Rams, Panthers, and Bills are by no means great teams, they’re all better than they were in 2010, and should serve as better measuring sticks than home games against a decimated Giants team… and the Cardinals. Mixed in of course is a home date with the division favorite Eagles. Remember, the Redskins were technically in first place in the NFC East after Week 5 last year.
I like what I see from the Redskins so far, but the real test begins now.