It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants.
That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.
While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
- Washington Redskins (1-8)
- New York Giants (2-8)
- Miami Dolphins (2-7)
- New York Jets (2-7)
- Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
- Cleveland Browns (3-6)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
- Denver Broncos (3-6)
- Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1)
Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th.
Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio.
Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade.
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