Can The Redskins Succeed Early Without RGIII?
At the end of last season, Robert Griffin III suffered a torn right ACL. He has been looking well in rehab and has been making a remarkable recovery. It is still uncertain if RGIII will be ready for the start of the season. The question is if he is not, how will the team do without their star player?
If he is hurt, the Redskins will have to rely on their backup Kirk Cousins. Last year, he led the team in a come-from-behind victory against the eventual Super Bowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens. The week after beating the Ravens, Cousins went into Cleveland and ended the Browns three-game winning streak. This shows he is more than capable of winning games in the NFL.
If Cousins is going to start, the four teams that the Redskins will face in September are the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders. All of the teams, except for the Packers, went 4-12 last season.
Week 1 against the Eagles will be at home for the Redskins, and the Eagles have a new coach that is still learning his system. Last year, the Eagles only won one game after Week 4, including two losses to the Redskins.
Week 2 will be his toughest challenge, going into Green Bay to play the powerhouse Packers. However, the Packers play in San Francisco Week 1, which could lead to a letdown in Week 2 after the buildup of playing the reigning NFC Champions.
Week 3 is at home against Detroit. This team only won two road games last year, and the combined win total of the teams they beat was only six.
Week 4 is in Oakland against the Raiders. Last year, the Raiders only won three home games, two of which were against Jacksonville (2-14) and Kansas City (2-14).
Everything the Redskins are saying indicates RGIII will be back for Week 1. However, if he cannot make it back until after the bye week (Week 5), Cousins and the team should be successful in the first four weeks of the season, and still be in a great position to repeat as the NFC East Champions.