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3. The Redskins’ schedule is backloaded with quality opponents.

Given how their schedule is structured, they basically had to be 3-1 at this point to have any chance of contending. They play the woeful NFC West this season, but two of those opponents already are out of the way. Trips to Buffalo (in Toronto) and Carolina, teams that were terrible a year ago, now appear extremely challenging because of those teams’ high-powered offenses. The second half of the schedule includes New England, the New York Jets, Dallas and first-place San Francisco. The Redskins travel to the New York Giants, Philadelphia and an extremely hostile environment in Seattle. Two NFC teams with 10-6 records missed the playoffs last season, so the Redskins would have to go 8-4 the rest of the way to feel safe. Finding eight wins on that schedule is not easy.