Washington Redskins: 2014 NFL Nation season predictions

Washington Redskins game predictions

September, 2, 2014
Sep 2


ESPN.com Washington Redskins reporter John Keim makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: at Houston Texans

The Redskins' defense does more than enough to combat a Houston team with no real threat at quarterback. Not that this has mattered in the past to Washington. The question will be: How do the Redskins slow J.J. Watt and rookie Jadeveon Clowney? Prediction: Win

Week 2: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jay Gruden's home opener will result in fans dreaming of the postseason thanks to a quick start. The Jaguars have received kudos for what they're building, but they have too many questions, though it'll be interesting to see rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, if he plays. Prediction: Win

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean Jackson's return to Philadelphia will end in disappointment. The Eagles should be the class of the NFC East. Though they're not unstoppable, they do have enough offensive talent to make almost any system work. Prediction: Loss

Week 4: New York Giants

It's not just that the Giants are using a new offensive scheme, it's that their offensive line remains in, uh, transition. Their defense should be solid, but I like the Redskins' pass rush against quarterback Eli Manning in this Thursday night game. Prediction: Win

Week 5: Seattle Seahawks

The last time Seattle played at Washington, the Redskins were in position to win a playoff game. Then Robert Griffin III got hurt and several careers were altered. The Seahawks are just too good defensively and efficient enough offensively for the Redskins to win their only "Monday Night Football" appearance of the season. Prediction: Loss

Week 6: at Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals were a good team last season, thanks to an aggressive 3-4 defense. Carson Palmer played well enough to help them win 10 games (but not make the postseason). The Cards are better. Prediction: Loss

Week 7: Tennessee Titans

Quick: Name five players on Tennessee's roster. Better yet, who will be playing quarterback? Jake Locker? Good luck. The Redskins have enough to plow through this game. Prediction: Win

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys enter the season with plenty of questions about their defense. My guess is a lot of them will be answered by this point -- and not in a good way. Their corners, Brandon Carr in particular, had one good game versus Washington last year and one tough one. Jason Hatcher gets a little revenge. Prediction: Win

Week 9: at Minnesota Vikings

Another season in which this becomes the stumble game. And it's the sort of game where if Washington handles its business, the second half of the season could go differently. The game will be played outdoors in early November so weather could be an issue. The Redskins have done a nice job against Adrian Peterson at times, but need to limit big plays (not to mention the interior of the Vikings' defense). Prediction: Loss

Week 11: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I like what the Bucs are building and I like coach Lovie Smith. My guess is his scheme will do a good job limiting quarterback Robert Griffin III. The key will be Tampa's quarterback play -- and who will be playing the position. Prediction: Loss

Week 12: at San Francisco 49ers

A tough stretch continues for the Redskins. I don't think the Niners will be as good as they were the past few seasons and quarterback Colin Kaepernick is enduring his own growing pains (just as he was last season before playing well against Washington). Prediction: Loss

Week 13: at Indianapolis Colts

The first real game between the top two picks in the 2012 draft, Griffin and fellow quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts never seemed to debate what they'd do with this pick and Luck will show why. The Colts are a flawed team, but they win. Prediction: Loss

Week 14: St. Louis Rams

The Rams have a dangerous pass rush, but in 2013 they also allowed a lot of yards after the catch. Sam Bradford's injury changed their season, though it's not as if he had been lighting up the NFL. Again, by this point in the season we'll know exactly who both teams are. Prediction: Win

Week 15: at New York Giants

Tom Coughlin always seems to have his teams playing well at the end of the season. Of course, that's not always true, but stay with us for a moment. The Giants' offensive issues will be forgotten for a day. Prediction: Loss

Week 16: Philadelphia Eagles

The Redskins will suffer another season of being swept by the Eagles, who will win the NFC East. I'm not sold on Nick Foles as much as on Chip Kelly, not just as an offensive mind but as a head coach. I do wonder about the Eagles' pass rush, but they have fewer issues than others in the division. Prediction: Loss

Week 17: Dallas Cowboys

The Redskins will close the season by sweeping Dallas; is that good enough? Well, not if the goal is to reach the postseason. But it will be enough to feel good as they enter the offseason and continue their rebuild. Prediction: Win

Predicted Record: 7-9