One alarming loss in a bland home opener uncovered a few early flaws with the 2018 Redskins: The wide receivers and Alex Smith have yet to really connect, the supposed-to-be-dominant defensive line isn't dominating so far and the running game dropped off big-time following a perfect Week 1.
All of those issues could seriously derail the team's season if they aren't addressed and improved. Luckily for the 'Skins, the rest of the NFC is dealing with their own problems, too.
Through two weeks, the conference — which was supposed to make the NBA's vaunted Western side look average — has just two undefeated teams: The Rams (not surprising) and the Bucs (very, very surprising). Every other organization has one or zero wins.
The Packers and Vikings are still undefeated thanks to a Week 2 tie and they both figure to be relevant through December.
Green Bay, however, has to worry about every single Aaron Rodgers dropback. That is a lot more worrisome than, say, Smith's chemistry with his outside targets.
The Eagles notched an impressive win vs. the Falcons but then were taken out by the High Flyin' Ryan Fitzpatricks (again, maybe Tampa Bay is actually legit, but it's hard to imagine that this is something that'll carry on all season).
Sure, they're getting Carson Wentz back, and Wentz will give them an enormous boost. But he's returning from a serious knee injury and also won't do anything for their 28th-ranked pass defense.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, have a strong defense but an uninspiring offense. Then there's the Giants, who made the wise choice of putting an aging passer behind a decrepit offensive line.
Washington fans who are panicking can take solace in the fact that, for now, the division is jumbled.
So, how's everyone else holding up?
The Saints were blown out to start the year and needed the Browns to be Browns-y to avoid an 0-2 start.
The Panthers are formidable but will ultimately go as far as Cam Newton can take them, and he could use a pass catcher outside of Christian McCaffrey to step up.
The Falcons have lost a few key defenders to injuries already and Steve Sarkisian makes plenty of questionable playcalls with that talented offense.
The 49ers are finding out that Jimmy Garoppolo isn't the solution to everything.
The Bears are scary with Khalil Mack and Co., but can Mitch Trubisky evolve enough to elevate the offense?
Then there are the Lions, Cardinals and Seahawks, all already in 0-2 holes and possibly already out of contention.
Where the Redskins stand in the NFC is still unclear; they aced their first test then totally flunked their second. But it's necessary to remember that nearly every other franchise is still figuring things out, too.
The fact of the matter is the Burgundy and Gold are 1-1 and right in the thick of the race.
No one is pulling away in the NFC East and some other preseason contenders are stuck in neutral. Beating the Colts would've been really useful — especially if the standings are still tight come playoff time — but the loss didn't doom them by any stretch.
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