Frank HanrahanSports Anchor, 106.7 The Fan @JFrankHanrahan
Yes. Momentum is a wonderful thing and the Redskins have it. With a 6-6 record and a three-game win streak under their belts they are trending the right way and will make the playoffs this season.
No shocker here but rookie QB Robert Griffin III is the main reason the Redskins will get back to the post-season. It's not just his pocket presence or world class speed, it's Griffin's overall presence that just oozes confidence and his teammates have responded. Even when Griffin fumbled in the win over the Giants Monday night, the loose ball was picked up by WR Josh Morgan for a touchdown. The ball is bouncing the Redskins’ way and that's part of the recipe for a team to make a playoff push.
RB Alfred Morris is another reason the Redskins will get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The former sixth-round pick set a rookie Redskins’ record by going over one-thousand yards in the win over New York. Morris had a key fumble in the game but he came back with some huge first downs late to seal the game. Morris rarely gets caught for a loss, always gaining positive yards on the ground. His running style helps the Redskins’ offense sell the run and open up the pass downfield.
That benefits WR Pierre Garcon who, if he can stay healthy, watch out. The Redskins could not only make the playoffs, but be a serious threat to go far. Garcon has hooked up with Griffin on some jaw-dropping TD plays, including the game winner versus the Giants.
Much criticized for most of the season, the Redskins’ defense has stepped up their play during the winning streak. Momentum appears to be on their side as well.
The Redskins hold their own destiny over the final four games and when they have a qb like RG3 they are destined for the post-season.
Chuck CarrollWriter, 106.7 The Fan @TheChuckCarroll
No. I hate to pour a bucket of cold water on the festivities, but let's pump the brakes on the Super Bowl.
The Washington Redskins have won three games in a row of their NFC East archrivals, but they're not even in first place yet! To say this is Washington's division to lose at this point is ludicrous.
Remember, this is the same Redskins roster which lost to the lowly Carolina Panthers causing an uproar as sights were set on "evaluating for next year" after just nine games. What has changed? Who has changed?
Yes, Washington's schedule is softer than that of the New York Giants, who hold a one game lead in the division, and the Dallas Cowboys, who share the same record. But, go back and re-read the last paragraph! They lost to the then one-win Panthers. And let's not forget the abysmal performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers one week earlier.
It would be great for the team to make the playoffs. But how many times has the carrot been dangled in front of fans only to be snatched away, leaving heartache, frustration, disappointment and even anger in its place?
The answer: all too often.
Therefore, until they actually reach Week 18, I'm not buying it.