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Need to Know: Predicting the results of the Redskins’ 2016 schedule

Apr 15, 2016, 5:26 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 15, 13 days before the NFL Draft.


—The Redskins last played a game 96 days ago. It will be 150 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 3; 2016 NFL draft 13; Redskins training camp starts 104

Hot topic

The NFL released the 2016 schedule last night and now it’s time for my annual foolish endeavor. Even though it’s difficult to pick the winner of an NFL game five minutes before kickoff, I’m going to try to pick the winners of each of the Redskins’ games right now, almost five months before the first one kicks off. Here we go:

Week 1—Steelers 24, @Redskins 20 I’m not sure that the Steelers fans will take over FedEx Field to the extent that they did in 2008 but the Redskins had better be ready with their silent counts just in case the Terrible Towels get rolling. A tough opener against Big Ben and company. (0-1)

Week 2—@Redskins 24, Cowboys 21 I’m not so sure the Redskins will have revenge for their 2015 home loss to Dallas on the top of their minds but any motivation will help. The visitors should have Tony Romo and Dez Bryant at full strength so the Redskins had better have an improved defense. (1-1)

Week 3—@Giants 17, Redskins 14 Are they good enough to win in the Meadowlands yet? They went to MetLife in Week 3 last year feeling pretty confident and they got beaten pretty soundly. Big test but I don’t think they are there yet. (1-2)

Week 4—@Redskins 34, Browns 17 RG3 or not RG3? The NFL may have waited a week or two too long for this one if they want to have Griffin returning to his former field of glory. We’ll know a lot more in a couple of weeks when we see if and when the Browns draft a quarterback. (2-2)

Week 5—@Ravens 24, Redskins 21 The Ravens will be one of the more interesting teams to watch this year. Were their problems last year injury related or have they taken a step back that will take a year or two to recover from? If they’re even part of the way back they will be tough to beat at home. (2-3)

Week 6—@Redskins 20, Eagles 10 They have a new head coach, an unsettled situation at quarterback, and some other issues. They have the look of a 6-10 team and the Redskins should be able to handle them at home. (3-3)

Week 7—Redskins 30, @ Lions 13 The Redskins get that first road win of the year before December this time around. With no Calvin Johnson, the Lions are rebuilding as they have been since 1956. (4-3)

Week 8—Redskins 24, Bengals 20 (London) A week after their road breakthrough they go across the Atlantic and beat a team that will finish the season with a winning record. The Redskins have a much stronger fan base in the UK and it should resemble a home game in terms of crowd noise. (5-3)

Week 9—Bye Right smack in the middle of the schedule.

Week 10—Vikings 24, @ Redskins 17 There will be plenty of reasons to think that the Redskins will win this one, at home, on a three-game winning streak, and coming off of the bye. Sounds like a trap. (5-4)

Week 11—@ Redskins 35, Packers 31 Right after they lose one you think they should win they do the opposite. (6-4)

Week 12—@ Cowboys 28, Redskins 20 Maybe they can play Sunday night, prepare for two days, get on a plane to Dallas, and beat the Cowboys. But it’s hard for me to see it. (6-5)

Week 13—@Cardinals 31, Redskins 30 We’re in December now and who knows who will be healthy for either team by then. (6-6)

Week 14—Redskins 27, @Eagles 10 The Redskins score their second consecutive sweep of their division rivals. (7-6)

Week 15—Panthers 28, @ Redskins 21 I think the Redskins will have closed the gap with the Panthers and they will have home field advantage but I still don’t think the home team will quite be ready for prime time. (7-7)

Week 16—@ Bears 17, Redskins 14 The Bears will be better under John Fox. The Redskins had a couple of breaks go their way and escaped with a win at Soldier Field last December. I think the breaks will even out in December of 2016 and the Bears will get the win (7-8)

Week 17—@ Redskins 35, Giants 21 The Redskins go in needing three other teams to lose to have a shot at the playoffs. The do their part but they don’t get in. (8-8)

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  1. abanig - Apr 15, 2016 at 5:29 AM

    1. Steelers- We never seem to be able to match their toughness. I agree w/ TK, the Steelers will kill us at home. L

    2. Cowboys – I agree with TK, I think we Beat the Cowgirls @ home. W

    3. @ Giants – I think we are better than the Giants but we don’t win at the Meadowlands very often. L

    4. Browns – While they have an upgrade @ QB, I don’t think their team is good enough to beat us at home. W

    5. @ Ravens – I once again do not think the Ravens will be good. – W

    6. Eagles – New system again on both sides of the ball, they won’t be ready and have the chemistry we do. W

    7. AT Lions – I don’t think the Lions will be better than they were last year after losing guys like Johnson and Tulloch. W

    8. AT Bengals – If the Bengals are healthy, they’re one of the top teams in the NFL again. Hard to beat them in the jungle. L

    9. BYE

    10. Vikings – This will be a tough game, but we should have beaten the Vikings the in 2013 & 14 on the road. I think Cousins would make the plays at the end of the game that the last QB couldn’t. W

    11. Packers – Thr Packers will have Nelson back, and an in shape Lacy. I don’t see us beating them. They’re going to be the best team in the NFC IMO.L

    12. AT Cowboys – I think we split with the Cowboys, per usual. L

    13. AT Cardinals- Tough loss. Going to be one the top teams in the NFC again. We aren’t that good YET! L

    14. AT Eagles – Again, the Eagles aren’t going to be good IMO. W

    15. Panthers- They’ll be one of the top 3 teams in the NFC again, we aren’t “YET!” L

    16. AT Bears- The game will rival last years, we should win easily. W

    17. Giants – I think we are better than the Giants. W

    9-7 again, and likely winning the division because I don’t if anyone in the division is going to win more than 2 games with in the AFCN. At worst, we just miss the playoffs and winning the division by one game to the Cowboys or Giants. Still, I think we are going to be about equal to what we were last year and one year away from being a double digit winning team that wins the division virtually every season.

    • colorofmyskinz - Apr 15, 2016 at 6:21 AM

      I have agree here. Nice job on this post!

    • colmac69 - Apr 15, 2016 at 7:57 AM

      Not too bad but I didn’t know wembley stadium had a jungle 😊😊😊 seeing as skins are playing bengals there lol

      • abanig - Apr 15, 2016 at 8:15 AM

        Ever watched a soccer match? They’re all jungles lol

        • colmac69 - Apr 15, 2016 at 9:50 AM

          Touche 😁😁😁

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 15, 2016 at 8:18 AM

      You guys are being a little more optimistic than me. Some of this schedule is downright brutal. I think this team could be better, talent wise, than last year and still lose more games. It’s going to be a tough season. If they do end up with a winning record though, then wow. They will be further along after two years with McCloughan than I would have thought.

      • abanig - Apr 15, 2016 at 8:24 AM

        Well, you’re being more pessimistic than some. It all hinges on Cousins, Reed, Djax & the defense. The defense should be better. If Cousins, Reed & Djax play how they did the final 8 games of last year, at worst the skins are 7-9 IMO.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 15, 2016 at 1:01 PM

          @abanig: I’m not trying to be pessimistic, just realistic. It’s not just the teams we play. It’s when and where we play them. But multiple teams on our schedule should be better than last year.

          I don’t really see how our defense should be better. Our safety situation is a mess and we only added a career backup/special team player. Gallette is a huge addition but that’s based on the assumption that he recovers and works out. And Galette is the only real impact addition. The line is not better right now after losing Knighton and Hatcher. People hated Goldson but he was a steady leader in the middle, and the team’s leading tackler. At corner we have Breeland, and a bunch of backups. Culliver can be a very good player but he’s coming off a serious injury.

          Again, not trying to be a pessimist. I just don’t really see where we got better. Pre draft of course.

        • abanig - Apr 15, 2016 at 1:18 PM

          The safeties we have now are better than those we had last year. Goldson was horrible. He’s had limited range since he’s gotten older and he shoulder tackles, he’s been one of the league leaders in missed tackles for 3 years in a row.

          With Galette, our young players like Smith, Compton, Breeland, Dunbar and youth added through the draft we should be improved. Ihenacho and Burton are improvements over the SS’s we had last year after Ihenacho’s injury against the run.

          If Paea stays healthy hell provide a pass rush that Hatcher couldn’t anymore because of his age and injuries. Hood is stout against the run behind Baker, Reyes has potential to be a 5 sack guy, he was his first two years.

          Knighton sucked! I’m tired of people acting like it was a lost. Watch a game and just focus on Knighton. He was always pushed out of position. He played too high and got tired too often because he was so out of shape. The main problem with our poor run defense last year was Kinghton’s ineffectiveness, Kennan Robinson’s missed tackles and our running game really suffered when Ihenacho got hurt.

          Ihenacho is a great run defender as a SS, that’s a huge upgrade. I can’t imagine Ihenacho missing a 3rd season because of a season ending injury. Maybe it happens that Ihenacho misses the entire season again with an injury, but I seriously doubt it.

        • abanig - Apr 15, 2016 at 1:20 PM

          Also, continuity is good for the skins or any team. I’m happy they didn’t do what the Giants & Eagles have done and brought in a bunch of names. Building from within is better.

      • ET - Apr 15, 2016 at 11:55 AM

        “I think this team could be better, talent wise, than last year and still lose more games.”

        At this point in the offseason, I share your opinion. I’m guessing I get more optimistic post-draft and in the midst of training camp. This team could still compete for the NFC East schedule, though. All of our closest rivals are on shaky ground as well. If the Cowboys can make a few good additions and keep Romo healthy, they should be able to take the division. If not, the Skins will remain in the hunt.

    • Mr.moneylover - Apr 15, 2016 at 5:42 PM

      I think the last two or three years redskins played the giants on a Thursday night this year its a regular game on Sunday witch is good for the redskins I think they win that first game against the giants and I think they beat Dallas with a healthy tony romo…I think we gotta start the season off 2-1 or 3-1

      • abanig - Apr 20, 2016 at 3:49 AM

        I don’t know historically we never really play the Giants well on the road no matter what time the game was of course I still think we got “robbed” on that TD they took away in the Griffin scramble TD in 2014.

        Good point about the prime time games though.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM

          History and time of game aside. The players we have simply have to get better than they were last year for us to have a decent season. Our starters need to be better if we want to beat the Giants on the road.

        • abanig - Apr 20, 2016 at 4:40 PM

          Well of course, that’s every season. I also think the Giants are going to be like the 2000 Redskins, 2011 Eagles and the 2014 Eagles. They have too many new parts with all the free agents they signed. It’s going to take them a while to gel, they’ll probably be around .500 also.

          In 2017 I see the Giants being a lot better, but not this year.

  2. troylok - Apr 15, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    We play in a division with two rookie head coaches and an aging Cowboys offense. I can’t see us emerging from the season with anything other than a winning record.

  3. Lex - Apr 15, 2016 at 5:55 AM

    Theyl lose to panthers cardinals steelers dallas once bengals packers and giants once.


    • Mr.moneylover - Apr 15, 2016 at 5:43 PM


  4. colorofmyskinz - Apr 15, 2016 at 6:34 AM

    Our losses:
    And 1 of our inter divisional games.

    We might win one of those losses. We are either 9-7, or 10-6 this year.


    • James McFullan - Apr 15, 2016 at 12:42 PM

      You have Packers twice in that list.

  5. sidepull - Apr 15, 2016 at 6:39 AM

    Improve from last year. Major contributions from players that were injured last year, and growth of our rookies. 10-6.

    Cuz shows he is the real deal. The six we lose are one to the Giants, one to the Cowboys, Packers, Cardinals, Panthers, Steelers. I swear I hate putting a bad bone on he Redskins to lose the home opener. Maybe they win it and we all see a gutsy performance right out of the gate, I hope. That looks to be a daunting schedule, but really, no game in the NFL is a gimme. Anything can happen and then there’s those doggone injuries. HTTR, Heres hoping.

    • Trey Gregory - Apr 15, 2016 at 8:15 AM

      We improved from last year based on what? Reyes and Bruton? Gallette will be huge if he stays healthy and if he can recover from injury but that’s a big if. I’m sorry but I completely disagree here. It’s too early to say one way or the other. But as of right now I don’t think Washington is better than they were last year on paper.

      • sidepull - Apr 15, 2016 at 9:10 AM

        Lol. Reyes and Burton. No . This squad last year had load of injuries, and left the Redskins scrambling early.
        If they get bit by the injury bug to the degree of last years magnitude, to key starters and contributors again, all bets are off. I mean Cuz, without any off-season to prepare, really, no running game down the stretch, missing Djax, he looked pretty good. As of right now he has more to work with in a full off-season to do it. All rooks, JC, BS, KJ, PS looked pretty darn good in only their first season. I personally think PS has just scratched the surface. If that D can get some pressure, they improved on forcing turnovers, ( didnt convert to points a lot of the time) then they are going to be in a lot of games. If Scot is right, we are going to see a culture change and guys who are competing for positions not based on salary or favor with the owner. I am optimistic. No disrespect to your opinion, I refuse to think that heading into a fresh new season, that they are going to look worse. What they look like on paper is one thing and how they look once they tee it up is another story. People were throwing stuff at the TV when they were down to TB last year. They are growing up.

      • bangkokben - Apr 15, 2016 at 9:33 AM

        I’m agreeing with sidepull here. Teams don’t just improve with the additions they make in Free Agency — in fact, they seldom do. They improve from within. On offense: Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Spencer Long, Jamison Crowder, Matt Jones, Jordan Reed, and Kirk Cousins should all improve in their games. Some will improve just a little; some quite a bit. The TE position is also deeper. On defense: Bashaud Breeland, Preston Smith, and Quinton Dunbar could make significant leaps in their game. Galette’s return and the depth brought in with: Bruton, Reyes, Toler, and Garvin should improve this unit as well. Then there is the draft.

  6. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 15, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    @ Cowboys 28, Redskins 20 Maybe they can play Monday night, prepare for two days

    It’s a Sunday night game with the Pack. Still tough to rebound by Thursday, though.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 15, 2016 at 8:54 AM

      Going to fix that now, thanks.

      • colmac69 - Apr 15, 2016 at 1:11 PM

        Actually in 2012 we played eagles at home albeit at 1pm (et) then played dallas on the Thursday. …..don’t know flight time btwn washington and dallas but can’t imagine it being too much of a problem….should b more than ready

  7. babyteal1 - Apr 15, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    We always beat the Bears…come on Rich!!

  8. timmythetoothnyr - Apr 15, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    You are all drunk… 6-10 absolute best they can hope for. Sorry they are not a very good team…. Atleast they found a QB….

  9. kenlinkins - Apr 15, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    My first reaction is 7-9 or maybe 8-8. While I still think the Redskins will be a better team in 2016 this schedule looks to be much harder. The draft might help some but there are still way too many question marks to think the Redskins will win more then 8 games.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 15, 2016 at 7:51 AM

      It comes down to improving the defense.

      A healthy Junior Galette and rookie DT who is good enough to start might get us there…

      • kenlinkins - Apr 15, 2016 at 12:14 PM

        On Defense IMO the Redskins today are weak at ILB, FS, SS, DT, and CB (maybe not in that order), On Offense IMO weakness at C, LG, RB, and the jury is still out at QB. I can see the GM fixing a few positions and band aiding others much like last year but the over all talent level has to gain more than the schedule has increased. I just do not see that much gain in one year (I also factored in that maybe the Redskins played a bit over their heads and or that some teams didn’t count on the Redskins not laying down like in years past). IMO many Redskins fans took the 9 wins and NFC East title a bit too much to heart. They are better but not yet good, maybe just hitting the Solid level in 2016.

  10. shermanp79 - Apr 15, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Who knows how thing go once the season starts but 8-8 and fighting for a playoff spot seems to be realistic thinking.
    If Cousins can play close to how he played in the final 10 games. they should be in every game. He will have a few stinkers(like most, if not all QBs) but should continue improving. If they can get the running game going they can light the load for Cousins.
    For them to improve upon last years record the running game will need to be good and the defense will need to play closer to the top 10 rather than the bottom 10. With what appears to be a tougher schedule, they may improve overall but not show it in win column. Hopefully the Gruden and Cousins bashers understand that.

  11. greed - Apr 15, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    with a soft schedule and in a weak div last yr some of you forget skins were 5-7 before stretch run of non playoff contention of bad teams bears, bills, eagles, cowboys who beat us with godawful matt cassel at QB when it matter, our roster i know is not complete but doesnt look like an upgrade at this point with holes in dline and secondary spots on defense and question marks at center and leftguard , runningback and TE and please dont say we upgraded with v.davis the problem wasnt with te catching the ball it was with blocking quite frankly this is the year SCOTT was talking about when he said it take 3 yr to build a contender, i see our wins sweeping eagles, browns, lions, maybe splitting with boys or giants and picking up a suprise game or maybe even losing a suprise game so i see if we luck maybe we can squeak out 7 wins if not i wouldnt be suprised by a 4win season , i dont think barry a gd enough DC to make up for lack of talent and with rb spot in question not sure we ready to pass every down to win

    • bangkokben - Apr 15, 2016 at 11:02 AM

      Greed, that soft schedule was just as hard at this point last year and at the time the Bears, Bills, Giants, and Eagles were all playing for their playoff lives. The Cowboys were coming off a 12-4 season. My point, is that the schedule’s strength is in flux. It could actually get harder if the Cowboys bounce back and the Giants off-season acquisitions pan out. Or it could actually get easier. The AFC or NFC North could go through down cycles — in 2013 GB won the division at 8-7-1 — and the NFC East may be just as bad as last year.

      • greed - Apr 15, 2016 at 3:42 PM

        bang my man cmon now schedule only look tough cause we were so bad in J.G. 1st season , in remem most media had us at 3 wins as far as the last 4 games u cant be serious bears floundered most of jfox 1st season and just when u thought they were improving they lost to 49ers at home wk before we sqeaked out win to them , again new coach new qb bad defense and was up and down mostly down thru the season ,eagles cd team who struggled all yr players mutiny against coach and only benefited like skins the division was so bad teams kept leuing teams bk in the race by loosing that cowboy game was preseason we won div alrdy last game season they had fa qb starting and uhaul was alrdy in lockeroom, giant and boy will be better this yr , we lost to the pack handly,yr 2 under fox chi be better vikes won div,afc north outside clev all gd teams with gd qb and defense then arz and carolina and way leauge set the schedule only break is bye the games where we might be fav are sandwiched between gd teams

      • greed - Apr 15, 2016 at 3:59 PM

        bang i do agree with u games are won on the field , but all we have to judge right now is schedule vs roster vs play of previous season , i hope im wrong really but im not that far off im my scenario the same way your not off in yours, the thing that bother me the most was not beating a team with a winning rec and outside of 3 drives being basically dominated by a mediocre packer team , in your opinion at this point do our roster look improved or still in flux, were playin 2 1st place team and 2 tough div who go 2 and 3 teams deep with winning building rosters and not to mention our own div where atleast 2 out of other 3 teams have winning rosters gd defense and winning established qb , we cant count on injuries every season for or against us and it not always who injured but when your injured , like i said on paper not looking to good, hopefully onfield play will prove me wrong

        • bangkokben - Apr 15, 2016 at 5:38 PM

          Look if you’re going on last year, go on last year. The Ravens and the Cowboys were horrible AND had injuries. The Redskins and Giants led the league in injuries AND were mediocre. Now, I do agree that WHEN injuries occur is important and it would be nicer to play Pittsburgh and Dallas in the middle of the season when it is all but guaranteed that their QBs will be hobbled at least – if not out altogether but I don’t see either roster significantly better than our own. Sure I’d take Bell, Brown, Dez, and either QB at his best; but do either of their defenses look daunting? I’ll take our offense from last year at full strength against either of those defenses.

          As for that winning team pile of ‘ess,’ every year our team would lose to teams it should’ve beat and then beat teams it should’ve lost — except last year. Last year they didn’t lose to any team they shouldn’t have or beat any team they should’ve. That’s not likely to happen again. This year they play only two teams that are heads and shoulders better than them in Arizona and Carolina and say they lose these two. Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Philly are all weaker teams and going 4-1 in this group is not only possible but necessary. They also play three teams that are marginally better: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Green Bay. Minnesota is basically the same as Washington as far as pedigree so giving them credit but not the Redskins is a bit prejudiced but you can say they’re a hair better then our team. Then there is Dallas, New York and Baltimore that most folks will prop up because what they have done in the past. Those nine games is where we’ll see what kind of team we have.

          As for counting on injuries, you can count on injuries happening. There will be a group of teams that season will be lost due to injury. You just don’t know which teams.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 15, 2016 at 6:40 PM

          I doubt our offense looks very daunting to any team out there too though. And, I’m sorry, But Pittsburg’s offense has the potential to be the best in the league. Even without Bryant.

          But the real issue I had with that statement was about Minnesota. They’re light years ahead of us. The Vikings truly have one of the best, and most complete, defensive units in the league. I like Cousins over Teddy but if they get Teddy some receivers, watch out.

        • bangkokben - Apr 16, 2016 at 8:53 AM

          You’re overselling the Vikings. Their defense was 13th in yards and 5th in points and does have some young talent. But it was basically the Redskins offense (17th yards; 10th points) which started off shaky and improved throughout the year. Conversely, their offense was 29th in yards and 16th in points. (Skins defense 28th yards, 17th points) The Vikings schedule was also their strength with their losses coming against the 49ers in the opener; then the Broncos, Packers, Seahawks, and Cardinals. They beat the Pack in the season finale for the division and they beat the Chiefs early in the season when KC was winless. The other NINE victories came against teams without winning records.

          As for our offense, defenses have to game plan for Reed and Jackson on the field at the same time. No way is it as talented as Pitt’s when fully healthy. Speaking of which, Bell is coming off a serious injury. My point is that although most objective critics will favor Pittsburgh, it is not a guaranteed loss like New England from last year and that the Redskins have a legitimate chance at winning the game.

      • greed - Apr 15, 2016 at 8:26 PM

        so how many wins you count bang

        • bangkokben - Apr 16, 2016 at 8:56 AM

          I say 9 wins. 5 is the floor; 13 the ceiling.

  12. bangkokben - Apr 15, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Did anyone see the NFL show on ESPN earlier this week with Sal Pao, Jaws, and Hodge? Good throw back to the 90s stuff the network used to have. One stat they had on Derrick Henry was that he had an unexpectedly high percentage of stops of one-yard gains or less. I think it was about a quarter of his carries — reminding me of Alfred Morris. Then they preceded to say that Henry wouldn’t be a good fit some systems because he didn’t have the lateral agility to make defenders miss in the hole but that he would be an excellent fit behind Dallas’ o-line — reminding me of Morris once again. We may see that in week 2. Hopefully, the Redskins fix their run defense. Pittsburgh and Dallas can be dangerous on the ground.

    • ET - Apr 15, 2016 at 12:20 PM

      I’m bullish on the run defense getting better—at least somewhat better. I think the ILBs will be more consistent this year, and I think the platoon depth on the DL will help even if we don’t see a star emerge (drafted or otherwise).

      The pass D is more worrisome to me at this point. The secondary was lucky to hold together last season. They need a talent infusion, decent depth AND better health in order to exceed last year’s performance. It can certainly happen. But if there’s a swath of DB injuries again this season, it could get ugly quickly.

  13. tim - Apr 15, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    I wish for an 8-8 season, but I think that is still a dream for this season,, I still think we have one more good draft after this year until we can say were are ready . I see a 2&4 division record. I see us beating lions,bears,browns,Panthers if they start resting people. We just don’t have enough yet,I think they will play much better than there record. We still will not be able to run the ball or stop the run. For me we are still a 6-10 team wishing for tony and Eli retire before the start of the season so can go 8-8.

    • bangkokben - Apr 15, 2016 at 11:08 AM

      C’mon man. Junior Galette will end Tony Romo’s career and Dallas’ season in week 2. At least, I see that as just as likely if not more likely than 6-10.

      • sidepull - Apr 15, 2016 at 3:23 PM

        I think Preston Smith will catch that elusive Romo when he does his quick little matador shuffle. Preston Smith is going to make Romo look old.

  14. smotion55 - Apr 15, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    I agree with the 8-8 record , maybe 9-7 if Gallette has great year, injuries are held to a minimum and 2nd year players and draft picks really step up and they get a very good center. Way to many if I Cudda Wudda’s this year. Dallas and New York will be better also.

  15. jim kubas - Apr 15, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Offence we can score with anyone… Barring alot of injuries.. If the defense can play lights out we can win 9-10 games.

  16. Matt Holm - Apr 15, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    This season is going to hinge very much on how much our defense can improve. Whether you believe in Cousins or not (I think he can be great) doesn’t change the fact that our offense is stacked right now. Imagine sets with Jordan Reed in the slot and Vernon Davis in line, while Niles plays H back, and Pierre and DJax are on the outside. Or even empty backfield sets with Niles and Davis in line, Jordan in the slot, and PG and DJax outside. If Matt Jones can improve even slightly with a year under his belt and without splitting as many carries with another back, thus making our play action game more dangerous and taking pressure off Kirk, I see our offense being top 5. Whether we can be a threat in the NFC playoff picture will be determined by what our rookies can contribute, and how we improve defensively.

    • sidepull - Apr 15, 2016 at 3:25 PM

      That offense is no joke. If they are healthy, its on. D needs to step it up for sure.

      • jim kubas - Apr 15, 2016 at 3:44 PM

        That’s what I think too

    • James McFullan - Apr 15, 2016 at 3:49 PM

      Imagine if we added Josh Doctson/ Michael Thomas to that mix and you can’t forget about Jamison Crowder.

    • bangkokben - Apr 15, 2016 at 5:47 PM

      I’m with you on the potential strength of the receivers/tight ends and potential matchup nightmares. However, you can only have five eligible receivers. Therefore in your scenario, it MUST be empty backfield and thus CAN’T have play action. Substitute any of the five for Matt Jones or Chris Thompson, and voila play action.

      • Matt Holm - Apr 16, 2016 at 9:32 AM

        I know I has to be empty backfield in the scenarios I mentioned (Niles at H back would technically be single back). I just meant that in general, if Matt Jones improves, our play action game, which Kirk already executed extremely well considering our absolute lack of a running game, will be even better. But the fact that we have so many talented receivers that we literally can’t have them all on the field together is a good sign. Sean McVay is going to have a lot of fun gameplanning

        • bangkokben - Apr 16, 2016 at 10:38 AM

          Exactly. We have a talented group of receivers and tight ends and we have coaches that will put them in places to exploit the defense. We’re in total agreement here.

          Perhaps, I’m being a bit pedantic here, correcting what doesn’t need to be corrected, but the context of the original comment indicated a potential misunderstanding. As for Niles Paul being a single back, again I’m going to disagree here. An H-back is basically a tight-end that is off the line of scrimmage — just off the line of scrimmage. Occasionally in the backfield as a lead blocker (two backs) more like a fullback which I’m sure Niles Paul will be in position 40-50 times this year. Probably lining up as a fullback and then going in motion. I’ll be shocked to see Niles Paul lining up as the single back even shifting to an empty backfield. “Technically” I’d see him as a third tight-end which has to be off the line of scrimmage and not necessarily in the backfield.

          This is actually a good explanation of how the H-back was developed and where it got it’s name.

        • Trey Gregory - Apr 16, 2016 at 11:58 AM

          I have actually noticed a lot of people with different definitions of what an H-back is over the past couple years. It seems like the definition started to get lost just in the past 2-4 years with guys like Percy Harvin or Cordalle Patterson.

          I’m not saying they’re right or wrong. Definitions can expand or change over time. That’s just when I personally noticed people using “Hback” differently.

        • bangkokben - Apr 16, 2016 at 1:07 PM

          I’ve noticed it too. The wikipedia link is the same wavelength as mine when it comes to definition and application. It’s good to have a consensus on meaning. When we talk slot corner, most of us understand what that means and this avoids misunderstanding. Most likely, Matt and I are on the same page with this and I unnecessarily jumped on a potential loose end making this a bigger thing than necessary.

  17. jim kubas - Apr 15, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    9-7 maybe 10-6. If the defense can ball out…

  18. thirdistheworrd - Apr 15, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Ruck is always scary accurate with this, age looks like he’s done it again. I’d flip the bears score to a 17-14 Washington win and call it a day

  19. Mr.moneylover - Apr 15, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    I got 9-7 or 10-6…giants O-line is bad we should win that first game and we should win when Dallas come to FedEx field so I got us starting off 2-1 and possibly 3-1 if we beat the browns…steelers D-line and secondary is bad its possible we can come out with a win if our defense improve Archives

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