Did you watch the New York Giants dismantle the “Dream Team” yesterday in Philadelphia? The Eagles were everybody’s Super Bowl favorite after adding six players who’ve made it to the Pro Bowl but instead they’re in last place in the NFC East. Guess who’s in first? That’s right, your beloved Washington Redskins.
I know it’s early in the season and if the Redskins lose to the Cowboys on Monday night this column will be moot. Instead of being in sole possession of first place, there will be a three team logjam atop the division. But that’s IF the Skins lose. If, on the other hand, the Skins beat the Cowboys — and they’ll have a great shot given Tony Romo’s fractured rib and punctured lung — they’ll have a two game lead on both the Cowboys and the Eagles. And given the fact that they’ve already beaten the Giants in the season opener 28-14, they’ll essentially have a two game lead on the Giants too.
Beyond the standings, the Redskins are the healthiest team in the NFC East. The Giants have already lost 9 players to the injured reserve this season including five season-ending ACL tears. Meanwhile in Philadelphia Michael Vick suffered a concussion last week and a broken hand against the Giants. Backup quarterback Mike Kafka has had to finish the last two games for the Eagles. Ugh! And in Dallas Tony Romo isn’t the only Cowboy dealing with a serious injury. Wide receiver Miles Austin is out with a hamstring injury, Felix Jones is coming back off a shoulder injury and Dez Bryant’s status is still up in the air.
I’m not saying the Redskins are the second coming of 1985 Chicago Bears. But, IF they can win on Monday night against a depleted Cowboys team, Mike Shanahan’s Redskins will emerge as the beast of the east.