Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 17, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New York Jets.
How many will the Redskins win?
The Redskins now sit at 2-3. Believe it or not, when the clock hits 10:00 to go in the second quarter tomorrow we will be a third of the way through the season. As I noted the other day, it doesn’t look like they are among the dregs of the league any more, even though they are far from where they want to be as a team. Yes, they have some injuries to fight through. But after the bye they could be as good as they will be all year.
On top of that, what appeared to be a tough schedule in the second half of the season is not a daunting as it originally appeared to be. After they play the Patriots in Foxborough to reach the midway point of their season, they play just three games against teams with winning records. Only one of those games, against the Panthers, is on the road. They play the Bills and Giants at FedEx Field.
So let’s get out the mythical $100 in poker chips (we haven’t done that for a while) and bet on how many of their 11 remaining games the Redskins will win. As always, you are welcome to play along in the comments section.
0-2 more wins--$10: This would be the meltdown that many expeced in August but now seems to be very unlikely. A 2-9 finish would likely cost Jay Gruden his job along with much of the rest of the coaching staff. A new quarterback likely would be on the way in the draft or in free agency.
3-4 more wins--$35: This would probably be splitting the remaining four division games and beating the Saints and home and/or the Bears on the road. If they can get back to being able to run the ball efficiently and stop the run this should be doable. We’re getting into an area here where jobs will be safe because the record would be improved from last year and Dan Snyder has never fired a coach who improved the record from one season to the next.
5-6 more wins--$40: Finishing with even a 7-9 record would certainly raise some eyebrows around the league and hope for the future among Redskins fans. They would have to get their injured players back to health and pull off a couple of wins that would appear to be upsets right now. Given the way the division is going, this could put them into playoff contention.
7+ more wins--$15: This would be the jackpot, almost certainly playoff contention and national relevance again. While I think it’s unlikely that this will happen, I am giving it a better chance than the bust scenario because I do think they are moving in the right direction.
—Today’s schedule: Travel to New Jersey, no availability
—Days until: Redskins @ Jets 1; Bucs @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Patriots 22
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