At the beginning of the season, I predicted a 9-7 season and a sneak-in playoff berth for the Redskins. Most people thought that was ridiculous, because of the silly notion that things will ever stay the same from year-to-year. But here's where it gets scary for the rest of the NFL.
I thought they might start 0-3. Typically, the Redskins have lost games they should win and won games they should lose, played weakly against the AFC, and been utterly unpredictable against division rivals. I figured on a bad start to the season, with vast improvement by year's end, because of the kind of quarterback Jason Campbell is (intelligent, steady, hard-working). Chemistry with his receivers would develop, and it'd be a little way into the season before the offense really got clicking.
December was the soft spot of the schedule, and I figured they'd go 4-1 if not 5-0, and that stretch would get them into the postseason. And now? Well, as pecotafreak pointed out, Campbell has improved with every game. Antwaan Randle El is turning out to not be a bust after all. The O-line is banged up, but the backups are stepping in nicely. Rocky McIntosh has already outplayed his rookie season. H.B. Blades was one of the steals of the draft. The free agent pickups have ACTUALLY WORKED OUT.
I am worried about injuries - they always seem to attack the Skins where they're most vulnerable (defensive line two years ago - we would have been 11-5 or 12-4 with a healthy line, secondary last year - resulting in nearly unprecedented lows in sacks and INTs); and this year, that place is the offensive line, which is not going well. Second would be wide receiver, which has also taken a hit. But that's the only thing that can keep the Skins out of the playoffs this year. And if the Cowboys and Giants fade down the stretch like they did last year, the division is ours for the taking!