Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The 2014 Washington Redskins Will Be Pretty Damn Good. So Says Riiiiiiiich Turpin

By. Rich Turpin

This is my 3rd Annual pre-season/pre-draft predictions for your Washington Redskins. I nailed the Redskins 2012 record at 10-6 (pat on back), but was just slightly off with my prediction for last year's season, as I had the Skins going 12-4, and as we all know they went bluh-bluh-bluh-bluh and something. As always, this is for entertainment purposes only.

Week 1 @Houston
Other than opening up against the Jags, the Skins drew their second best case scenario to open the season. The Texans with a new coach and new Quarterback, make for an ideal match up against Jim Haslett's bend but break anyway defense. RG3 will show flashes of his 2012 rookie campaign, and put on a show in his college state. Redskins win 31-20. (1-0)

Week 2 Jacksonville
For the second consecutive week, the Redskins will most likely be facing a rookie passer. The Jaguars will be looking for a new identity now that MJD has left town, and Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit have been irrelevant for over 10 years now. About the only sure things left in Jacksonville now are incest, confederate flags in the back window of pickup trucks, and the Jaguars f**king sucking. The Redskins make easy work of the Jags, 34-14. (2-0)

Week 3 @Philly
See You In Week 3, Chip....
The Redskins were 0-6 in the NFC East in 2013, and I expect them to end that streak here in week 3. Although the Eagles won the division in 2013, I expect Chip Kelly to have a bit of a sophomore slump. Desean Jackson won't shine in his first trip back to the city of Brotherly Love since being outed as a "gang member", but the Redskins will prevail anyway 24-20. (3-0)

Week 4 NY Giants
In the Redskins first nationally televised game of the season, they welcome Eli Manning and the pesky G-Men. The G-Men were busy during free agency signing Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, and Robert Ayers. I expect their defense to be improved, but offensively
they're still limited at the run game and they have no legit threat opposite Victor Cruz. The Redskins prevail in a defensive struggle, 17-10. (4-0)

Week 5 Seattle
For the second consecutive week, the Redskins have a nationally televised game. So what does that mean? Most likely a lot of protests and guys like Bob Costas and Mike Wise telling us how racist we are! The last time the Redskins and Seahawks met, RG3 ended up in a crumpled mess, on the mess that is Fed Ex Field. This go around, RG3 will remain upright, but the Skins won't prevail against the tough defending Super Bowl Champs. 27-13, Seahawks. (4-1)

Week 6 @Arizona
After an emotional loss the week before, the Redskins will be looking to rebound against a surging Arizona Cardinals team. The Cardinals defense has become pretty solid, led by CB Patrick Peterson and newly acquired CB Antonio Cromartie. However, the Cardinals still have Carson Palmer running the show offensively, and offensive is how I would describe that. The Skins pick off Palmer 4 times in their 30-13 victory. (5-1)

Week 7 Tennessee
The Titans are another team who will be searching for a new identity in 2014, having released Pro Bowl RB Chris Johnson. And it appears Jake Locker is the front runner to be their opening day starting QB. I'd rather be shoved into a locker than face that rooting dilemma, but then again I'm not a Titans fan. This game won't be close. RG3 and DJ have their first big game together, Griffin throwing for 348 yards and 3 TDs, while Jackson goes 7-145-2. Redskins roll, 40-24. (6-1)

Week 8 @Dallas
Henry Melton was added to the Dallas defense that finished dead last in 2013, but they lost Demarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher. Cash strapped relative to the cap, Dallas is spread more thin than Jerry Jones expressionless face. Dallas is adequate on the offensive side of the ball, but the fact is, Tony Romo and Jason Witten are approaching 'past their prime' time. D-Hall, David Amerson, and Ryan Clark will all be recipients of errant Tony Romo passes, and the Redskins win 23-13. (7-1)

Week 9 @Minnesota
For the third time this season, the Redskins could be facing a rookie QB. However, neither of their prior opponents with a rook under center had a RB in the backfield with the skills of Adrian Peterson. The Redskins defense has shown throughout the year that they are not the unit they were in 2013, and they continue that trend holding AP to under 100 yards. The Skins in a blowout, 41-17. (8-1)

Week 10 BYE

Week 11 Tampa Bay
Lovie Smith didn't completely commit to QB Mike Glennon when he was hired in the off season, leaving the door open for a competition between Glennon and free agent signing Josh McCown. The Bucs did bolster their already sold defense with the additions of DE Michael Johnson and CB Alterraun Verner. This game is surprisingly competitive, but the Redskins outlast the Bucs thanks to a game saving INT from CB Tracy Porter. Redskins win 23-20. (9-1)

Week 12 @SanFran
This is easily the toughest road game of the season, as the 49ers have established themselves as one of the most consistent teams over the last few seasons. The Redskins are overwhelmed in this contest, as RG3 will look like the 2013 version of himself turning the ball over 3 times. The Redskins will have a humbling weekend in the Bay Area. 31-20, 49ers. (9-2)

Week 13 @Indy
In one of the most anticipated match ups between young QBs, Robert Griffin and Andrew Luck will meet for the first time in a regular season game. The Colts added D'Qwell Jackson and Arthur Jones to their defense, and former Giant Hakeem Nicks to their already solid receiving corp. But as far as I'm concerned, there will be no surprises here, as Griffin will out play Luck, in a game where Alfred Morris steals the show. 157 yards rushing and 2 TDs for Alf, as the Redskins win 29-21. (10-2)

Week 14 St Louis
For the 7,972nd consecutive time, the Redskins and Rams meet in the regular season. The Sam Bradford Era in St. Louis is approaching the inevitable end, as the former #1 pick hasn't done anything to achieve franchise QB status, let alone continue leading the Rams to obscurity year after year.  The Redskins win in a laugher, 37-17. (11-2)

Week 15 @NYGiants
Having already locked up the NFC East, the Redskins won't come out with much of a fight in this meaningless divisional tilt. The G-Men take advantage of the Redskins lack of effort, prevailing 24-14. (11-3)

Week 16 Philly
Desean Jackson didn't go gangbusters in the first meeting between these two teams, but that will all change here. D-Jax goes off for 7-198-2 and watches as D-Hall picks off Mark Sanchez to cap off the big win. Redskins cruise, 33-20. (12-3)

Week 17 Dallas
With many of the starters resting for the playoffs, the Cowboys will take advantage of a mostly second string edition of the 2014 Redskins. Redskins' backup QB Colt McCoy throws two pickles as the Cowboys go on to win, and celebrate the conclusion of their 5-11 season. (12-4)


Having clinched a first round bye, the Redskins will await the winner of the New Orleans Saints/Atlanta Falcons winner. The Skins will then go toe to toe with the Saints, winning in a shootout between RG3 and Drew Brees, 45-37. However, they will eventually fall short of a Super Bowl appearance, losing to the hated Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, 23-17.

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