The Washington Redskins got one step closer to their old glory days last season, and all it took was landing a franchise quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft. Robert Griffin III proved to be all he was cracked up to be, and somehow got a 3-6 Redskins unit to win their final seven games, claim the NFC East, and sneak into the first round of last year’s playoffs.
RG3 ultimately succumbed to a knee injury and Washington bowed out to Seattle, but that type of momentum is exactly why the ‘Skins are walking into 2013 with solid 33/1 odds to win this year’s Super Bowl.
With Robert Griffin III already officially medically cleared to practice, it’s no longer a
huge concern as to whether or not he’ll be ready for week one. The concern now is if the Redskins can keep him from pressing too hard.
With RG3 ready, wide receiver Pierre Garcon as healthy as he’s going to be (toe) and second-year running back Alfred Morris ready to prove 2012 wasn’t a fluke (1,600+ rushing yards), there’s little reason to believe Washington’s offense won’t be even better in 2013.
The real question, however, might be if that surprisingly effective defense can keep taking positive steps in 2013. With pass-rusher Brian Orakpo returning to full strength, it’s hard to see why not. Veteran inside linebacker London Fletcher also returns for one more go at it, as well.
As dark as Washington’s off-season appeared after the Robert Griffin III knee injury, the team seems to have come full circle. As long as their quarterback is under center come week one and the defense is at least as good as it was a year ago, they stand a decent chance at living up to their 2013 Super Bowl odds.
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