- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 14, 2009

GRADING THE REDSKINS’ CHANCES OF WINNING AGAIN

Quite a few numbers stand out from the NFL season, which is (mercifully?) past the halfway point. But, really, one number stands out from the rest. It’s a number that hasn’t changed in more than a month. Yeah, you guessed it — two (2), the digit in the “W” column in the standings next to “Washington Redskins.”

Other than when is Ovechkin coming back, the biggest question in D.C. sports right now is whether the Redskins will win another game. (Jim Mora, anyone?)

So let’s take a look at the Redskins’ second-half schedule and grade their chances from A (excellent) to F (forget it):

Sunday vs. Denver: The Broncos will be on the rebound after being manhandled by the Ravens and Steelers the past two weeks. Denver has allowed the third-fewest points in the NFL. C

Week 11 at Dallas: The Cowboys seem to be hitting their stride. Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Roy Williams will give the Washington secondary fits — and Dallas has a three-headed running attack, too. C-

Week 12 at Philadelphia: This didn’t go so well the first time. Maybe Andy Reid spills Cheez Whiz all over his playcalling chart. B-

Week 13 vs. New Orleans: If the high-octane Saints win the previous week vs. the Patriots, the Redskins have a (very) slim chance to catch them off-guard. If New Orleans loses that game, however, it could put up 60 points. F

Week 14 at Oakland: Ding ding ding! Well, maybe not. Traveling to the West Coast can be a trap. Just ask the Eagles, who went out to Oakland a few weeks ago and managed just three field goals. A-

Week 15 vs. Giants: New York should be back in the playoff race by now, and its running attack overmatches this defense. C

Week 16 vs. Cowboys: A possible late Christmas present here — if Dallas is locked into a playoff spot, it might rest the starters. But can the Redskins shut down Jon Kitna and Kevin Ogletree? B-

Week 17 at Chargers: Another gift possibility. If the Chargers are on the bubble, though, Norv Turner is a cinch to improve to 4-0 vs. his ex-boss. C

He Said What?

“I really question whether he can play. Quarterbacks need to make their team better. If it’s a bad team, they can even make a bad team better.”

— Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton on the Bears’ Jay Cutler, who threw five interceptions in a loss to the 49ers on Thursday

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