So what if the Redskins have won just seven games in the last two seasons. So what if questions remain for a rebuilt offensive and defensive line, and more importantly, at quarterback. So what if Washington has a new defensive coordinator and is overhauling the bottom two thirds of its roster.
This is the NFL, and almost every year, one surprising team makes a run to completely shift the outlook of the franchise. Could that be the Redskins in 2015?
The good news is that it was a tumultuous offseason throughout the NFC East. The Cowboys lost star running back DeMarco Murray, and with him much of their offensive identity. The Eagles gained Murray, but lost QB Nick Foles and brought in the ever-injured Sam Bradford. Philadelphia should have a very strong run game, but can Bradford last 16 games? If not, expect more of Mark Sanchez. The Giants had the least major turnover, but with an aging Eli Manning and defensive holes, stability in the Meadowlands might not be enough to overcome last season's 6-10 record.
A scenario can be explained where the 'Skins go on a run, but it must start with strong QB play. Robert Griffin III needs to revert back to his 2012 form, which means using his legs to penetrate defenses and setting up the play action pass. There is little reason to believe it will happen this fall, but the NFL is chock full of surprises.
Elsewhere around the league, one team stands out as the type that could make a jump in the Minnesota Vikings. MMQB's Peter King predicted Mike Zimmer will win the NFL Coach of the Year award this season, and with star running back Adrian Peterson back and young QB Teddy Bridgewater developing, the Vikes offense should have enough firepower to keep up with a very stout defense.
Looking at other sub-.500 teams from 2014, the Atlanta Falcons could be in line for a jump in wins, especially playing in a down NFC South. The Falcons have a ton of offensive weapons - Matt Ryan, Julio Jones top among them - and a new coach and scheme. If Atlanta went from 6-10 in 2014 to 10-6 in 2015, it would not register as a total shock.
Somebody will make a worst to first run. Who will it be? Could it be the Redskins? Let us know in the comments.