Redskins predictions, game by game

Redskins predictions, game by game
April 20, 2011, 6:37 pm
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 2:45 p.m. By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger
Its folly to try to predict the outcome of an NFL game five minutes before its played, much less several months before kickoff. Its an even greater exercise in futility when we have had not free agency movement and the draft has yet to take place. In fact, some or all of these games might not be played thanks to the labor situation.But a air of folly and futility never has stopped us here, so here we got with our annual way-too-early Redskins game by game predictions.Sept. 11, GiantsThis is karma tester right off the bat. The Giants have had the Redskins number for years; in fact, the Redskins rarely are even competitive with the G-men. Although the atmosphere at FedEx Field will be emotional with a pregame 911 tribute, the result on the field will be business as usual. Giants 24, Redskins 10, Redskins 0-1Sept. 18, ArizonaThe Cardinals are set everywhere but at the most important positionquarterback. If they can find an answer there they will be tough to beat. But the Redskins usually find a way to beat them at home. Rex Grossman posts his first win of the 2011 season. Redskins 14, Cardinal 13, 1-1Sept. 26, @DallasThe Redskins nearly beat Dallas in Jerrys Palace last year with Rex Grossman at the helm, but the Cowboys were without Tony Romo. This is the Redskins only scheduled prime time appearance of the year but Skins fans across the country probably wont have much to get excited about. Cowboys 24, Redskins 13, 1-2.Oct. 2, @RamsSam Bradford was tough for the Redskins to contain at the Edward Jones Dome last year and this year the Rams might actually get him some targets to throw to. Jim Haslett should have him figured out this time around. Redskins 21, Rams 14, 2-2Oct. 9, ByeCan I officially be the first to make the tired, lame old joke that the bye will be a four-point favorite?Oct. 16 EaglesWell, they hung 59 on the Redskins the last time they came to FedEx. Even if they Redskins can cut that total in half, they will have a tough time beating Michael Vick and company. Eagles 28, Redskins 17, 2-3 Oct. 23 @PanthersCam Newton should be starting by this time. In what is either a statistical quirk or an ugly record of ineptitude (probably some of each), the Redskins are on an 0-7 skid in games they have played in which a true rookie signal caller started for the opposition. The Redskins, however, have had the Panthers number for the most part and the streak vs. rooks ends here. Redskins 14, Panthers 10, 3-3Oc. 30, vs. Bills in TorontoThe Redskins first international regular-season excursion pits them against an AFC team on the rise. This has the potential to be a good game, although the prospect of Ryan Fitzpatrick out-dueling Rex Grossman will not make national headlines. Bills 28, Redskins 24, 3-4 Nov. 6, 49ersEven though they are starting over in some respects with a new coach in Jim Harbaugh and possibly a new quarterback, the 49ers do have some very good players. This is a tough one to call but the Niners come out on top. 49ers 23, Redskins 17, 3-5 Nov. 13, @DolphinsA battle of two-time Super Bowl opponents who are far, far removed from their glory days. At least the Redskins wont have to go to the tropics in the heat of September and early October. Still, Miami is a little further along in the rebuilding process than the Redskins are. Dolphins 17, Redskins 10 3-6 Nov. 20, CowboysHey, maybe this Ponder kid has something. He makes the Cowboys defense look silly as he throws for three touchdowns. Redskins 28, Cowboys 17, 4-6Nov. 27, @SeahawksEven though the Seahawks made the playoffs with a losing record, Qwest Field is a tough place to play. Just ask the Saints. With rookie quarterback Christian Ponder at the helm, however, the Redskins build up an early lead and hang on. Redskins 24, Seahawks 21, 5-6 Dec. 4, JetsIt says here that Rex Ryan and Mike Shanahan are really the same person in terms of confidence; Rex just lacks the filter between the brain and the mouth that Shanahan has fully engaged at all times. But theyre talking about Ponder after this one as he doesnt know enough to get confused by Ryans defense. Redskins 24, Jets 17, 6-6 Dec. 11, PatriotsCan Mike Shanahan beat Bill Belichick at FedEx Field just like Steve Spurrier beat him in 2003? Well, maybe but in matching up Ponder with Tom Brady, Shanny is bringing a knife to a gunfight. The rookie comes crashing back to earth with a four-pick game. Patriots 35, Redskins 10, 6-7 Dec. 18, @GiantsPonder fever is officially over as the rookie is pulled at halftime after getting sacked six times. Rex isnt much better as he throws two interceptions, one of which is returned for the clinching touchdown. Giants 24, Redskins 10, 6-8 Dec. 24, VikingsWill this be the return of Donovan? If it is, we will really know if the karma of this franchise has changed. If McNabb comes into FedEx and wins, it will be business as usual. If the Redskins win, maybe things really are turning around. Things do turn around some as McNabb plays Santa Claus and throws a late interception to set up a game-winning field goal in overtime. Redskins 20, Vikings 17 (OT), Redskins 7-8Jan 1, 2012, @EaglesWith Vick on injured reserve, the Eagles need to pull out this one to have a shot at a Wild Card playoff spot. The Redskins, with Ponder back at quarterback, put up a battle but they cant quite pull it out as a phantom holding call wipes out the go-ahead touchdown pass in the final minutes. Eagles 17, Redskins 13, final record 7-9 Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at You can reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler