Wednesday, August 24, 2011
My Prediction for the Redskins 2011-2012 Season
I'm a Redskins fan. Every year over-zealous and unrealistic Redskins fans make me look bad because they start talking like we are going to the Superbowl. We ain't! (yes, we "ain't").
Let's be real, we're rebuilding and we'll be lucky to go 8-8 or 9-6 with our team, schedule, and penchant for effing the eff up at the most inopportune times. My hope is that this year will be an improvement upon the last. At this point all I'd like to see is competitiveness and some progression as a team. Let's shoot for the playoffs and play our butts off to get there. Even if we don't, maybe it'll help build some momentum for next year for a real playoff run after we've gotten some more "pieces" that'll help us.
The Redskins play in the toughest division in football (no, it's not the AFC North or AFC East or NFC North) so even though I'm a die-hard fan, I also try to be realistic in what I think we can do and I take the actual ROSTER AND SCHEDULE into consideration. Like I've been saying about the Eagles, you might look good or bad on paper but the games still have to be played so we could do a lot better than I think and the Eagles could do a lot worse than people think. It's a long season with injuries, roster changes, and teams growing together. Anything can happen.
With all that said, I was going to wait to give my Redskins season predictions this year but now that we've won two PRE-SEASON games I feel like I need to head some of the crazies off at the pass to show that there's at least one of us left that's sane.
Week 1: Giants = Loss.
Didn't we get pulverized by the Giants in the opener a couple years back? Or was that last year? Or was that the time Brandon Jacobs run into, over, and stepped-on Laron Landry's chest (never trust a safety with a piercing in his lower-lip by the way). Eli ain't that good but he's probably slightly somewhat maybe a helluva lot better than John Beck and/or Rex Grossman.
Week 2: Arizona - Win
Kevin Kolb will probably have a solid game against us and I expect Larry Fitzgerald to score a couple times but I think we will win this one. Since way back in the day when the Cardinals were in the NFC East they were the one team we could always find a way to beat no matter how badly we tried to give the game away. Then again, haven't they beaten us at least once in the past couple years? Note to self: Don't bet on this game.
Week 3: @ Dallas (Monday Night) - Loss
Do you remember what happened to us the last time we played on Monday Night? Sheesh! If you don't, let me remind you --> "Michael Vick throws for 333 yards and 4 TDs in the Eagles 59-28 victory vs. the Redskins."
Week 4: @ St. Louis - Loss
This is one of those games we should win and should have won last year (if I recall correctly) but naturally, we didn't win then and we won't win this one. Swap out St. Louis for Detroit and it'd be the same scenario.
BYE WEEK 5 ----> W-I-N!
I'm just saying.
Week 6: Philly - Loss
Really? We're going to beat Philadelphia at this point in the season when they'll probably be just clicking on all cylinders? Unless there are some injuries going on or their entire team has mono this is a loss.
Week 7: @ Carolina - Win
I fully expect Cam Newton to look like the Mike Vick from Atlanta against us in this game. The good part is that Mike Vick used to lose a pretty good amount of the time when in Atlanta.
Week 8: @ Buffalo - Win
If we lose this game I might stop watching until the Miami game, I swear fo' lawd.
Week 9: 49ers - Win
There is no way an Alex Smith QB'd team should beat us. No way. Not when they have to travel across the country to play us at home. This is a team we *should* be able to beat. And if we can't beat 'em we can just call in some Raiders fans to beat 'em, literally.
Week 10: @ Miami - Win
Chad Henne, that is all. I do not care about Brandon Marshall or Reggie Bush. Chad Henne friends, Chad Henne.
Week 11: Dallas - Win
Only because we have to beat them at least once and this one is at home. FedEx field will be jumpin' and they guys will get pumped for a home game against our biggest rival.
Week 12: @ Seattle - Loss
This is a team we just can't win against (especially if it's in the playoffs). The sad part is we used to get beat by Matt Hasselback (which is still kinda sad) but now it'll be TARvaris Jackson. I expect a Leon Washington 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in this game.
Week 13: Jets - Loss
Let's not play ourselves here Redskins fans. How are we gonna score unless it's on a punt return? Go ahead, I'll wait.
Week 14: Patriots - Loss
I won't even waste my time trying to give a reason why. If you don't know, go ask somebody.
Week 15: @ Giants - Win
Because every year the Giants limp into the playoffs or play themselves right out of the playoffs.
Week 16: Vikings - Loss
If the Vikings can play defense and Donovan actually shows up they might be fighting for the last playoff spot in this game. Who is gonna stop Purple Jesus? The Redskins vaunted run defense? Ummm yeah, no.
Week 17: @ Philly - Win
You didn't think I was gonna have them beating us twice did you? Well, maybe if we played them for a second time prior to the season's final game. By all accounts and on paper you'd expect them to be resting for a playoff run so we'll get the win that way. But I'll bet that Andy Reid plays a couple of those studs if home-field advantage is on the line and just because he sometimes has a tendency to be an idiot. Also, Vince "V-Y" Young is their back-up. And unless there's a Kenny Britt in the back-of-the-end-zone situation, Vince probably won't come through in the clutch (where's Byron Leftwich when you need a solid black backup QB that's a sitting duck in the pocket by the way). But either way and no matter the playoff picture, I think we'll win this game. The way we play in this game will be a good indicator of what the team will play like the following year.
With all that said, I expect us to go a respectable 8 and 8 this year. In our division and with our current rebuilding status, that would be half-decent. But again, the games have to be played so we'll see what happens. And no matter how much we suck each week or how well we play I'll still be singin' Hail to the Redskins every time we score and cursing at the screen whenever one of our corners gets burned for a touchdown.
The plight of a Redskins fan, I tell ya!