Are the Redskins a six-win team at best?

Ben Krimmel
August 27, 2019 - 12:58 pm

The NFL world doesn't have high hopes for the Washington Redskins in the 2019 NFL Season.

A year after an injury-plagued season led to a 7-9 record, the conventional wisdom is the Redskins will take a step backward. Looking for an indicator of that sentiment? Head coach Jay Gruden is the betting favorite to be the first NFL coach to lose his job. That's never a sign of a team on the brink of a playoff push. 

However, there are reasons to believe the team has gotten better. Derrius Guice is healthy after missing last season, rookie Montez Sweat looks like a real player, and the defense remains a strength

Of course, the offense still lacks weapons and starting quarterback Case Keenum (who won the job over rookie Dwayne Haskins) is not expected to light up the scoreboard. 

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But just how bad do people actually think the Redskins will be in 2019?

NFL analyst Ryan Wilson told The Sports Junkies the Redskins are a six-win team. At best.

When asked for the national perspective, Wilson said he loved their draft, but, "They're not a good football team."

"I think it is them and the Dolphins in terms of two of the worst football teams in the NFL," he said. "There are pieces there, but not enough. And that's why I feel like six wins would be sort of right on the mark for them." 

"Six wins is the ceiling for me," Wilson told The Fan.

Why? One thing was the issue of keeping players healthy, with Wilson pointing to Guice's and Colt McCoy's long rehabs.

"It's the right decision not to start Haskins now just because there's not a lot around him to support him and he would take a beating. I feel like it's Case Keenum's job for the first four-to-six weeks," Wilson added. 

"But this is bad news for Jay Gruden however you look at it," he told 106.7 The Fan. "A lot has to go right and exceed expectations for him to have to keep his job."

Before the draft, which was praised by observers around the league, The Junks predicted a rough season for Washington.

JP had the Skins going 6-10, EB went with 7-9, and Cakes said 4-12.

After predicting a 1-6 start to the season, Cakes called it a  "cataclysmic season." 

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"That is brutal!" JP said. 

A lot has changed between now and when The Junks made those predictions in late April. But the conventional wisdom around the NFL remains the same: If the Redskins manage to win seven or more games it will come as a major surprise.

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