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Need to Know: NFL preseason predictions not always on point

Jul 19, 2014, 4:06 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 19, five days before the Redskins start training camp.

We’re on the verge of the start of training camp and it’s time for Redskins fans to brace themselves for the rash of predictions that will come from the various “experts” in print and on the Internet. Since most of those make predictions have a tendency to copy and paste the previous season’s standings for use as this year’s forecast, the projections are not going to be pretty for the 3-13 Redskins.

But we know that the NFL is not that predictable. My friend Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com took a look at some predictions that were made prior to the 2013 season.

The Eagles, of course, won the division with a record of 10-6. The Giants, the solid favorite to win the division, were never in contention as they started out 0-6 before rallying to a 7-9 finish. Dallas finished 8-8.

To be sure, the fact that nobody is likely to pick the Redskins to win the division doesn’t mean that they are going to be this year’s Eagles. But it doesn’t mean that they are doomed, either.

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Timeline

—It’s been 202 days since the Redskins played a game; in 50 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 19; Final cuts 42; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 57

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  1. ET - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Don’t know that we can win the division this year, but I feel confident that the Skins will stay out of the cellar.

  2. Phillip - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Skins offense will be fun to watch, but the LACK of DEFENSE will cost the Skins maybe 5 games

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