FOR the second time in two nights, I watched Warren Sapp tell Rod Woodson on NFL Total Access, that he thinks the Redskins will win the NFC East.
A few things make his assertion worth mentioning:
1) Despite the fact that he’s kind of a jerk, he’s a HOF, Super Bowl winner, who’s football IQ has never been in question.
2) He’s a proud Cowboys fan, so you know it was an unbiased statement.
3) In my Pre-Draft Review I say that we should win the East, but the Redskins are closer to us than many might think.
Having said that, I don’t see us having trouble head-to-head with division opponents. I think head-to-head we’re still clearly better than our division rivals. If we lose the division, I think it’ll be because of math.
Small differences, like how we get the Packers and Panthers back-to-back, while the ‘skins get the Vikings and Buccaneers with their Bye in between. We get games against legit competition, while they get a couple gimmes against teams with QB issues.
Also we finish on the road for 2 weeks, and they finish at home for 2. That may seem small in June, but by late December, (if both teams are playing for something), it’s huge.
Last season the schedule kept a bad Cowboys team on life support until we put a bullet in them and packed them in the cold ground, in front of 91,000 of their closest friends. I think this year will be a little like that, except I think this year’s ‘skins team will be better than last years Cowpies.
If the ‘skins don’t improve on the Offensive Line and in their Secondary, then we have nothing to worry about and 10-6 should be more than enough to see the playoffs again. However if Washington can get those things performing even respectably, we may need 12 wins to punch our ticket in 2014.