Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 16, two days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL assemble in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.
Question of the day
We’re changing up the format of Need to Know for the offseason. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.
Today's question is from the Real Redskins Facebook page:
I can’t find the Redskins’ 2015 strength of schedule ranking right now, (update: It's the 20th toughest/12th easiest, h/t Hogs Haven) but looking at it now they do have what appears to be a relatively easy go of it.
In addition to playing home and home against the NFC East teams, they are at home against the Bills, Dolphins, Saints, Bucs and Rams. They are on the road against the Patriots, Jets, Falcons, Panthers, and Bears.
Only three of those teams, the Patriots, Cowboys, and Panthers, made the playoffs in 2014. That makes four games against playoff teams since they play Dallas twice. Of the non-playoff teams on the schedule only the Bills (9-7) and Eagles (10-6) had winning records.
On the other end of the scale, the Redskins have seven games against teams that had double digit losses--the Giants (twice), Bucs, Rams, Jets, Falcons, and Bears.
But will such a schedule let them sneak into the (activate best Jim Mora imitation) playoffs? Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs?
Seriously, that’s highly unlikely. For one thing, the other three teams in the division have similarly easy schedules. They play the same AFC East and NFC South teams. The do have games against the NFC West and North that are tougher, but they also have the 4-12 Redskins twice. So Washington doesn't gain much of an advantage there.
And change is the one constant in the NFL. Some of the games that may look easy now will turn out to be tough contests. Although these usually even out with some successful teams from the year before falling back to the pack.
At this point, fans of every team the Redskins are playing have that game marked down as a win. Until the Redskins get out of the state where they are considered to be a soft touch on the schedule of every team they play they won’t be able to take advantage of any advantages the potential strength of their opponents may get them.
—It’s been 50 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 209 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL free agency starts 22; Redskins offseason workouts start 63; 2015 NFL Draft 73
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