Things look bleak. Not gonna lie.
Losing Brandon Scherff for the season is one of the worst injuries the Redskins could sustain. He's one of the best players on the team, and one of the best in the NFL at his position. In Washington, he's particularly important for a run-first offense, as he might the best pulling guard in the league.
Now, he's gone for the year, along with Shawn Lauvao and Paul Richardson. Chris Thompson and Trent Williams are on extended absences as well. So is Jamison Crowder.
If you're keeping track, that's five offensive starters and the team's best pass-catching back off the field for the Redskins this Sunday when they travel to Tampa. And since we're being honest here, Thompson, Williams and Crowder all seem like they could miss the rest of the month too.
That's the bad news, and it's lengthy.
Good news, however, remains.
Washington has eight games left this year. Bovada expects them to win three or four of those games. That means either 8-8 or 9-7.
Even with all the injuries, oddsmakers still believe the Redskins will be favorites in at least one or two matchups down the stretch.
Most importantly, even with a rearranged offensive line, the Redskins are built to compete in the NFC East. The Burgundy and Gold have four division games remaining, and as long as their defense remains intact, competing with the Giants and Cowboys should still be expected. Dallas can't move the ball and New York is a hot mess.
The truth is the division will likely come down to two December games between Washington and Philadelphia.
Those two offenses are trending in opposite directions. The Eagles just added a playmaker in Golden Tate, while the 'Skins are adding veteran, free agent offensive linemen to field a patchwork group the remainder of the year.
Remember though, the NFL is a funky business. Rarely does what's supposed to happen actually happen.
The Redskins took some big losses this week, that's undeniable, but the team wasn't exactly blowing out opponents week after week even when healthy. The margin to win will be even slimmer now with the losses on offense, and the defense will have to carry the squad.
For much of the first half of 2018, an NFC East title looked headed to Ashburn.
For the second half of 2018, that possibility has diminished, but it isn't out of the picture just yet.
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