The Redskins are buoyant at the moment, having forced their way into the Playoffs by winning the NFC East, but with less wins than both of the Wildcard teams, it could well be a short post-season for Washington. With that potential disaster looming, we cast an eye towards next season, and what treasures await the Redskins when they compass points to the North. Below are the 2016-2017 scheduled games, as they stand so far. HOME AWAY Cowboys Cowboys Giants Giants Eagles Eagles Packers Bears Vikings Lions Browns Ravens Steelers Bengals Panthers Cardinals With these games lined up, we at Realsports decided to take a look at the schedules, and pick out the games that stood out the most from the crowd. Let’s take a look at how the Redskins should fair next season.
Nice and Easy
The Detroit Lions finished 7-9 last season, with some surprising upsets towards the end of the year. Most teams facing the North are going to have a nice and easy season against the Browns, but I think that with the style of play the Redskins are showing this season, they may well find the Lions quite an easy opponent. Providing the offseason doesn’t change the playstyles too much, then this could well be a cakewalk for the boys from Washington.
At the other end of the scale is the Ravens. Most people might laugh at this, considering their 5-11 season, but until those injuries started stacking up, the Ravens were starting to look like they could turn things around. Fully rested, Baltimore are the exact opposite problem that the Lions present. With their methodical playing style, and in-depth tactical plays, the Ravens – if on form – could easily upset the apple cart for the Redskins. Travelling to Baltimore could be the hardest trip away from home.
With the Panthers absolutely dominating the regular season, posting an almost perfect score sheet, then these are the guys to be playing next season. They’ll be coming into 2016-2017 with an increased fanbase and a lot of eyes on how they’ll perform. With the Eagles playing them at home, this could well be a chance for the Redskins to get some major Prime-time coverage. Provided that they can hold their own against the fastest rising franchise in the league, Washington could well win some new fans. With the playoffs looking like a struggle for the Redskins, the management team would do well to start looking at the strengths and weaknesses that saw them drag themselves to the top of the NFC East. Facing off against opponents that have ended up in the playoffs this season, next season could be a hard slog for the Redskins, and they should start looking at it now.