How will the Redskins do in 2012? That depends in large part on how they do in five key games. If they win more of these than they lose, they probably will have a pretty good year.
Vikings Oct. 14—In each of the last two seasons a bad Vikings team has come into FedEx Field and has beaten the Redskins. The Vikings don’t look to be that much better this year and if they win again, you have to question how much progress Mike Shanahan’s team has really made.
Panthers Nov 4—The Panthers are a year ahead of the Redskins with Cam Newton in his sophomore season. Newton beat the Redskins with both his arm and his legs in Charlotte last year. But playing at home the Redskins should be competitive with Carolina.
Eagles Nov. 18—This will be the Redskins’ first division home game. They may not be on equal footing with Philly in terms of talent but if they are progressing as they should they can play the role of spoiler and feisty underdog. This isn’t a game they should or have to win but they do need to be competitive.
@ Browns Dec. 16—It’s likely to be cold, perhaps even snowy, when the Redskins go to the Mistake by the Lake in mid-December. If the Redskins are still motivated and focused they should win this game against a team many believe will be among the worst in the NFL. And there is no reason for them not to be motivated and focused.
Cowboys Dec. 30—Who knows what will be at stake for the Redskins or the Cowboys at this point in the season? Regardless, a home win over Dallas will finish up the year on a good note.
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