DC Sports Struggles plans to bring you an early season prediction on the Redskins schedule. Note that most of the O-line and defensive starters aren’t hurt… yet.
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Week 1: Redskins @ Eagles
The Redskins kick off their regular season on the road against their NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. These Eagles have brought in DeSean Jackson, Jordan Howard, and Malik Jackson to help their offense and their pass rush. Philly also gets Carson Wentz, Jalen Mills, and Ronald Darby back from injury. The Eagles will be a playoff team once again this year and I don’t see Washington’s young core winning this game.
Week 2: Cowboys @ Redskins (0-1)
The Redskins play another big rivalry game in the second week of the NFL Season. They play the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field. The Cowboys have an explosive running game and a defense that flies to the football. This will be a defensive and low scoring football game. The Redskins defense will stand up to Zeke and the rest of the Cowboys offense and win this game. Look for Landon Collins to be an X-Factor in his Washington debut.
Week 3: Bears @ Redskins (1-1)
The Redskins will be tested against the Bears in a Monday Night Football showdown. The Bears are absolutely loaded on defense. In 2018, Chicago was 1st in both interceptions (27) and points allowed 17.6), 3rd in sacks (50.0), and were 7th in forced fumbles (19). Chicago’s defensive line consists of Khalil Mack, Leonard Floyd, and Eddie Goldman. Unfortunately, the Redskins will not pull this one out.
Week 4: Redskins (1-2) @ Giants
The ‘Skins head to MetLife Stadium to play against Landon Collins’ former team, the New York Giants. There will not be any Josh Norman and Odell Beckham drama this year after OBJ left for Cleveland. It will be Landon’s first game back in New York after he signed with the Redskins this offseason. The Giants have a poor offensive line and replaced Odell Beckham with Golden Tate, an obvious downgrade. This will be a blowout win for the Redskins.
Week 5: Patriots @ Redskins (2-2)
The Redskins play the reigning Super Bowl champions at home. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick come up with a new game plan every week so it is really hard to plan for them. Stephon Gilmore and the rest of the Patriots secondary are very good in man coverage. The Redskins will drop this game.
Week 6: Redskins (2-3) @ Dolphins
The Dolphins only hope to beat the Redskins is if Ryan Fitzpatrick pulls off some “Fitzmagic.” Their offensive line is absolutely atrocious and is one of the worst units in the NFL, allowing 3.2 sacks per game in 2018. The Redskins defensive line will have a field day. Xavien Howard and Kiko Alonso carry the Miami defense but other than them, there isn’t much else. This should be an easy win for Washington.
Week 7: 49ers @ Redskins (3-3)
Home field advantage is on the Redskins’ side this week. Washington’s young core will have had some experience under their belt and they will also have developed some chemistry. If the Redskins’ offensive line can stay healthy, they should be able to contain San Francisco’s inexperienced defensive line and give Haskins some time in the pocket. The Redskins will pull this one out.
Week 8: Redskins (4-3) @ Vikings
The Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night in Minneapolis. This game will feature former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins facing off against his replacement in what should be a highly competitive matchup. Josh Norman, DRC, and Landon Collins will lock up Minnesota’s passing game. This matchup should be another defensive matchup because the Vikings have 3 pro bowlers on the defensive side of the ball in Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr, and Danielle Hunter. The Redskins will win this tight matchup because of a solid defensive performance by the Redskins secondary.
Week 9: Redskins (5-3) @ Bills
Washington heads to Buffalo to play the Bills. The Redskins will have 10 days to prepare for this match-up after their Thursday night win against the Vikings. Let’s face it, the Bills are just not a good football team. In 2018, the Bills only averaged 1.8 touchdowns per game which ranked 28th out of 32 in the NFL. The strongest part of Buffalo’s team is their wide receiving corps. They brought in speedster John Brown from Baltimore and veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley from Dallas. Fortunately, Washington’s secondary has become a lot stronger over the offseason. The Redskins brought in Pro-Bowler Landon Collins and 10-year veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to join Josh Norman. Washington will win this handily.