2014 Washington Redskins Season Preview and Schedule

The 2013 Redskins had the worst record in the NFC, second worst to only the Texans in the entire league. There’s nowhere to go but up, and with the NFC East as muddled as it is, you still can’t count Washington out for the division crown this season.

The club lost its first three games of the season, but looked to have righted the ship by Week 9 after winning an OT thriller against the Chargers. Unfortunately, that was the last time Washington would taste victory, losing the last eight games of the season, including every game against divisional opponents. The defense couldn’t find a way to stop the pass, and while Alfred Morris was successful on the ground, Robert Griffin III was having his own problems in the passing game. Griffin threw seven more INTs in two less games than he did in his rookie season, as well as fumbling twice as much. His TDs, completion percentage and QB rating all went down as well – in some cases drastically. The former Baylor standout missed the final three games of the season due to injury, but in the last three games he did play in the QB averaged only 163 yards and threw only two touchdowns.

This year, Griffin will have another big-time target to compliment Pierre Garcon in the form of DeSean Jackson. The wide-out was released by the Eagles in April after some questions arose about gang affiliation and the Redskins were quick to scoop him up out of the free-agent market. Jackson has had issues with Redskins players on the field before, most notably DeAngelo Hall, but Dan Snyder had no reservations about bringing a guy in with 1332 yards and 9 TDs at a minimal price. Griffin will have both starting two receivers coming off 1300+ yard seasons, so there won’t be any excuses this time around if the job fails to be done.

Also picked up in the offseason was Ryan Clark, who has been a stalwart in the Steelers defense for the last seven years after being released by Washington after the 2005 season. Jason Hatcher was also brought in from a divisional rival, signing with the Skins after eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Hatcher had his best year yet in 2013, racking up 11 sacks and 41 tackles in an otherwise inept Dallas defense.

The Redskins have a tough schedule ahead of them in the 2014 season, including away games against the 49ers, Colts and Cardinals. San Francisco was a play away from making its second consecutive Super Bowl, and they’ll be playing at the brand-new Levi’s Stadium.  Andrew Luck and the Colts were one of the best stories of the season, beating out all expectations and clinching a spot in the 2013 playoffs. The Colts will likely be one of the AFC’s best squads.

At home, the Skins will welcome in teams like the Rams and Titans. Both teams had decent seasons last year but neither was able to make it into the postseason. The biggest match up (outside of the divisional games, of course) will be when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks make it into FedEx Field. The atmosphere will be intense as the Redskins take on one of the best defenses the NFL has seen in quite some time.

The Redskins are a team that has the ability to bounce back and make it back to the playoffs, but they’ll need to stay healthy and hope that RGIII returns to his old self. It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock ‘n roll, D.C.

Schedule:

September 7 at Houston Texans
September 14 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
September 21 at Philadelphia Eagles
September 25 vs. New York Giants
October 6 vs. Seattle Seahawks
October 12 at Arizona Cardinals
October 19 vs. Tennessee Titans
October 27 at Dallas Cowboys
November 2 at Minnesota Vikings
BYE
November 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
November 23 at San Francisco 49ers
November 30 at Indianapolis Colts
December 7 vs. St. Louis Rams
December 14 at New York Giants
December 20 vs. Philadelphia Eagles
December 28 vs. Dallas Cowboys

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