Washington Football Team: The Time is Now
The Washington Football Team is entering a very important stretch in its 2020 schedule. Each of their next four games is against teams with a losing record. Two of those games reside in the division. All four of these are winnable. Washington can gain some momentum in this stretch. That momentum could be good to use with the three opponents following this stretch. In saying that, let us look at the next four weeks and how Washington can put itself in a prime playoff position.
Week 9 – New York Giants
Washington is coming off the bye week and gets a Giants team that they should have beat three weeks ago. While the home-field advantage is not much in 2020, Washington will return to play in front of fans in week 9. In the past, the visiting club has run these fans. We hope that is not the case this time.
Nonetheless, the Giants come into this game with the 13th overall ranked defense. Although it is their offense that is costing them. The offense is ranked 31st in the league. With Washington ranked 4th overall on defense, they should be able to send a message to the Giants early and get after Daniel Jones. Washington lost on a failed 2pt conversion the last time these two teams met.
Week 10 – Detroit Lions
The Lions are struggling with their consistency. They will play well during certain stretches and then they will fall flat on their face. That happened Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. In a game, at least on paper, that seemed winnable for Detroit, they fell on their face.
The last time these two teams met, it was in 2019. Washington won 19-16. This game may turn out to be just as close. However, Washington’s defense is just a little bit better than that of Detroit. I look for DC Jack Del Rio to get after Matt Stafford and force some mistake early.
Week 11 – Cincinnati Bengals
Surprisingly the Bengals look better than many expected. They have won two games on the season. Rookie QB Joe Burrow is playing the part of the number one overall pick. Can he keep up his fantastic play against a top-five defense?
The last time these two teams met was in 2016. The game was played in London. Washington should have won this game had it not been for Dustin Hopkins missing a chip shot FG. The game went to overtime and eventually ended in a tie. I, again, would expect Del Rio to disguise defenses and confuse Burrow in what should be another winnable game for this Washington stretch.
Week 12 – Dallas Cowboys
By this time, Dallas will be so far out of the picture it should be a cakewalk for Washington. However, that is never the case between these two teams. They know each other so well that a game that should be a blowout is usually close. Meanwhile, this game is also on a short week for both teams, as it will take place on Thanksgiving afternoon.
When these two teams met back in week 6, Washington dominated. They held Andy Dalton to under 100 yards passing before he went into concussion protocol. They also kept star RB, Ezekiel Elliot under 100 yards on the day. I expect that same performance and Washington will sweep the Cowboys in 2020.
As you can see, the common theme here is defense. The Washington Football Team has one of the best defenses in the NFL. They certainly can their opponent for the next four weeks. All the offense has to do is look like an NFL offense and take care of the football.
Winning builds confidence. Confidence builds momentum. I am not saying that this version of the Washington Football Team is a Super Bowl contender. What I am saying is that if you want to change a culture, you have to go for wins. Thus, winning a division, even in a sub-par season will go a long way for the turn of this franchise. These four games can surely build that momentum.
How do you see the Washington Football Team fairing in the next four games? Leave a comment below.
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