Fortune, they say, favours the brave. The question is as we hit December, are the Washington Redskins brave enough for the run-in?
They are exciting enough that’s for sure. Anyone who has seen the energy and enthusiasm of their play this year cant help but feel that this is a team on the up again.
Under the guidance of a been-there-and-done-it veteran head coach, they have every reason to be optimistic about the future and of course they have the kind of marquee player that doesn't’t come around too often.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III has been exactly what everyone thought he would be. Fun.
We all knew he was a talent, his years in Baylor showcased his athletic ability. The fact that he has carried that into the NFL is not really that much of a surprise, but the way he has handled it all, maybe is. Every week we see something a little different that makes the fans of the Redskins believe they have a shot at the playoffs this year. And who knows what beyond.
The leadership given to the Redskins by Mike Shanahan has seen a steady improvement in play but no real end result, the fact that they are sitting at 5-6 this season would suggest that lack of consistency is still there, however they are still very much alive in the NFC playoff race, and indeed the East division could still be up for grabs.
To suggest that Washington are one dimensional would do the rest of the offense an injustice. Alfred Morris is having an amazing rookie season and is just 18 yards shy of a 1,000 yard season. Wideout Josh Morgan tops Washington's receiving list, but has a great cast around him to swell RG3's numbers. Santana Moss is still going strong, Leonard Hankerson and Pierre Garcon are getting some numbers too. London Fletcher, Perry Riley and Deangelo Hall are fronting up an aggressive defensive unit, which is also led by Ryan Kerrigan's 6.5 sacks. The secondary has picked off opponents quarterbacks on 16 occasions.
So can they maintain a challenge and reach postseason play? Of course. This coming Monday night they host the New York Giants, win that are they are one game out from the division lead. Then the Baltimore Ravens come to DC, after that 3 very winnable games, Cleveland, Philadelphia and the game it could all come down to, at home to Dallas.
This group will realise how far they have travelled over the next month, and they may even travel further into January. The talent is there. Is the fight?
The Redskins need to be brave as they come to the seasons end