If you expected the Redskins to begin the year with a 5-2 record we hope you made a sizable wager in Las Vegas. The rest of us are pretty surprised that Jay Gruden’s team leads the NFC East at the midway point.
Much of their offensive success can be attributed to Alex Smith being exactly the quarterback he’s always been. The veteran has completed over 63% of his passes this season and has only been intercepted twice. Protecting the football has allowed the Redskins defense to win the turnover battle most weeks.
The fact that Adrian Peterson has turned back the clock on his career has also been huge. He’s already rushed for 587 yards on the season with a 4.6 yards per carry average. No one expected him to experience this sort of success. Credit the Redskins’ front office for picking him up off the scrap heap.
We wouldn’t recommend Redskins fans purchase non-refundable playoff travel packages yet, but you have to like the lead they’ve built for themselves. Being in position for double-digit wins is a terrific accomplishment for Washington. Now we’ll have to see if they can finish the deal.