Not to state something fairly obvious here just by looking at the schedule and the standings, but the Redskins have an outstanding opportunity to put some serious distance between themselves and the most talented team in the division, the Philadelphia Eagles, two Sundays from now.
The Eagles travel to Buffalo this week to take on the suddenly legitimate Bills, and then head to DC to face the Redskins. The Skins, meanwhile, have 2 full weeks to prepare for the Eagles, as they have their bye this Sunday.
If the Eagles take care of business in Buffalo, they’ll head into DC at 2-3. If not, they may already be done anyway, at 1-4. Obviously, the Redskins will have a chance to send the Eagles to either 2-4 or 1-5 (with an 0-2 division record), while improving their own record to 4-1. That would give them either a 2.5 or 3.5 game advantage, with a head-to-head win already in the books.
An argument could be made that this is the biggest game the Redskins will play since they lost to the Seahawks in the playoffs way back after the 2007 season.
This isn’t to be dismissive of the Cowboys and Giants, mind you, especially seeing as… you know… the Cowboys beat the Skins a couple weeks ago, but the Cowboys and Giants simply don’t look anything like playoff teams, in my opinion. Obviously, neither do the Eagles right now, whose defense has looked like a turd sandwich through 4 games this season.
Really, the closest thing the NFC East has to a team that looks even remotely playoff worthy right now is Washington, sad as that may be with Rex Grossman at the helm. But if I were a Redskins fan, I’d be most concerned with the team that has the biggest potential to be great, and that would be Philly. It’ll only be Week 6 when the Eagles visit DC, and the Skins can all but kill the Eagles’ playoff hopes. That would be a great feeling for Shanny and Co., who are probably still smarting over the 59-point shellacking administered by the Eagles in DC last season.