The Washington Redskins will officially open camp in on Thursday, July 26, every player on the current Redskins roster will at training camp.
That means the season is right around the corner but in fast-track time, I have attempted to predict how the season goes for the Burgundy and Gold.
As of now, through the first 10 weeks, Washington is sitting one game above .500 with a 5-4 overall record. Weeks 11 through 17 are crucial for the Skins, especially if they want to play postseason football.
Nov. 18 — Week 11 vs. Houston:
Houston comes into this game with a lot riding on their season as well. Last season they lost their rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson due to an injury. This season he says he will be ready to when camp opens.
However, we have seen in the past with mobile quarterbacks, if your knee goes down, your entire scheme does as well. Historically Washington has been terrible against mobile quarterbacks but they contain Watson and get a win.
Result: Washington 27, Houston 17
- Record: (6-4)
Nov. 22 — Week 12 @ Dallas:
Division games are always the hardest to predict. Earlier in the season, I said Dallas would win the first meeting against the Redskins but would lose the second meeting and that holds true today.
Washington fixes their mistakes in Week 12 that cost them the game earlier in the season in Week 7.
This one won’t be a 17-16 game, instead, Washington will have things together and put up a lot of points. Get your turkey legs ready, folks.
Prediction: Washington 35, Dallas 20
- Record: (7-4)
Dec. 4 — Week 13 @ Philadelphia:
The defending Super Bowl Champs meet the Washington Redskins in a primetime game on ESPN. We all know the recent struggles of the Redskins on Monday Night Football games and the recent struggles on primetime games.
Fact is, Philly is a damn good football team and if the Skins want to go in on Monday night and walk away with a victory, they will need to play perfect football, which will be hard to do.
Philly gets the win here, but it will be a close game. Maybe decided by a late touchdown or game-winning field goal.
Prediction: Philly 24, Washington 21
- Record: (7-5)
Dec. 9 — Week 14 vs. Giants:
Even though this New York Giants team will be improved in 2018, don’t expect them to make a lot of noise, especially in the NFC East. This will be a game that Washington will win in order to improve to 8-5 on the season and they will win.
Eli Manning will have a good game for the Giants but a costly interception late in the fourth quarter will give the Redskins a close, hard-fought victory.
Prediction: Redskins 17, Giants 13
- Record: 8-5
Dec. 16 — Week 15 @ Jacksonville:
The Jags are a confusing team. Very confusing. Hell of defense, the great running game than an above average quarterback. I get it, the Jags were one game away from being in the Super Bowl but they allowed Tom Brady and New England to battle back to earn the 24-20 win.
This will be a game of mental toughness not only for the Redskins defense but the offense as well. Alex Smith and company will need to come out throwing punches to get the Jags’ defense off balance.
Expect a close game here as well.
Prediction: Redskins 20, Jaguars 14
- Record: 9-5
(Time/Date: TBD) — Week 16 @ Tennessee
Sitting at 9-5 everything looks pretty, right? Wrong. Don’t get comfortable yet. The Redskins are just two games away from being in the playoffs but they have to get past a lackluster Titans team.
This game should be an easy one for the Skins to win, but at times have proven in the past, the games that should be easy wind up being the hardest ones to win. Washington knows in order to get a playoff push they must reach 10 wins and they get it done in Music City.
Redskins take this one but don’t be surprised to see them flop in real life either.
Prediction: Redskins 31, Titans, 20
- Record: 10-5
Dec. 30 — Week 17 vs Philadelphia:
Welcome back, Philly. It’s been a while since we met. Come on, sit down, have a cold one, but don’t get comfortable.
This game will be a toss-up. It is expected that Philly will have the NFC East locked up and taken care of. It is also expected that Washington won’t be at 10 wins come Week 17 but hey, this isn’t real life, this is a prediction piece.
All is well in D.C., as the Skins are one win away from an 11 win season but pump the brakes Skins fans … Philly should probably rest their players knowing a playoff birth is clinched but don’t be surprised if they don’t either. Matter of fact, just expect them not too.
Washington competes in this one, but fall short in their efforts.
Prediction: Philly 28, Washington 20
- Record: 10-6
With a 10-6 record, the Washington Redskins finish the season second in the NFC East and will host the NFC Wildcard.