WASHINGTON — The Redskins are shaping up to build on their success of 2015, which resulted in the franchise’s first NFC East title and playoff appearance since 2012, but have largely flown under national media’s radar.
General consensus among pundits has either Dallas or New York emerging atop the division at season’s end, a belief supported by oddsmakers in Vegas. Bovada sportsbook favors the Cowboys at +175 to win the NFC East, with the Giants close behind at +250. The Redskins? +300.
Compare that to Bovada’s odds for the Patriots to repeat as AFC East champions — a runaway at -200, with the Bills second-best at +500 — and the outlook is clear: The Redskins will be good, but not good enough.
That’s not to say everyone is down on Washington’s chances of repeating. The players, foremost, would take exception to such a slight.
Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com also has an alternative to the narrative.
“I actually think, and I know that it’s turned over from year to year, but I think based on what Scot McCloughan’s built over the course of his first 18 months in charge, and how sturdy the Redskins look on the lines of scrimmage right now, I think the Redskins are a good candidate to win that division,” he told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier Tuesday. “And it may not be all that close.”
“I think the core of young players that they’ve put in place over the last two years is impressive and they’ve still got all those vets that they had during Jay Gruden’s [first] year and before that with Mike Shanahan.”
“I’m not just saying this because I’m on the radio in Washington,” Breer added as an important qualifier. “I really do think that the Redskins are in a position now where, they put together another nice draft class after this one, and you could be talking about a nice three-, four-year window where, if everything goes right at the quarterback position and everything else, they could be in a position to compete for a championship.”