The Washington Times - October 27, 2008, 12:58PM

The Washington Redskins season now goes back to weeks four and five — when they were seen as underdogs — as they prepare for the Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelters on Nov. 3 at FedEx Field. It was those two weeks, facing Dallas and Philadelphia, when the Redskins were last seriously considered to be underdogs, and those two games were probably their two best performances so far in 2008.

Maybe this is a team that will play up to its competition every week, explaining why they didn’t exactly pulverize the Lions Sunday in a 25-17 win in Detroit. The Steelers game will be like a heavyweight fight, given how physical both teams play. Maybe that’s what defensive coordinator Greg Blache was doing when he was ripping his players after the Lions game — coaching them up already for the Steelers.

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Anyone in their right mind would have taken a 6-2 record at this point, but as we have seen before, it is still too early to make any declarations about how good this team really is this year. But I think at this point, we can go back and make one determination — the Redskins struck gold in the first round of the 2005 draft.

It has taken three years, but the two picks they had in that first round — cornerback Carlos Rogers and quarterback Jason Campbell — are having Pro Bowl seasons. Campbell is having a remarkable season, with a quarterback rating of 100.5 and eight touchdowns and no interceptions. And Rogers has turned into a hard-hitting shutdown corner.

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