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2015 Season Predictions

The new season is about to begin and the Redskins are facing another tough sixteen game schedule. In the final offseason edition of BBQ for 2015, we will make a game by game prediction. BBQ would love to see a 16-0 record, but let’s see if we can make some accurate prognostications. Are you ready some football?

September 13 – Dolphins at Redskins
The Jay Gruden era enters a second season with a lot of hope, but many question marks and a faux pas or two. The Dolphins are not only hoping for a playoff berth, but they are looking to make a possible run at the Super Bowl. The visiting team has too many weapons and rolls to a victory.
Dolphins 35 Redskins 20.

September 20 – Rams at Redskins
The Redskins are looking for a measure of revenge from last year’s drubbing to the Rams. It’s close, but a late touchdown propels the visitors to a win.
Rams 27 Redskins 22.

September 24 – Redskins at Giants
The division rivalry is a see-saw affair as the offenses produce plenty of points. Both teams are desperate for a win early in the season. It’s close for three quarters, but the Manning-Beckham, Jr. combination scores twice to pull away in the fourth.
Giants 38 Redskins 28.

October 4 – Eagles at Redskins
The Redskins are struggling early in the season and hope to put a win on the board. The pressure offense from the Eagles proves to be overwhelming as the boo-birds at FedEx become louder and more frustrated.
Eagles 48 Redskins 31.

October 11 – Redskins at Falcons
Jay Gruden’s bunch is looking to find their first win of the season as the problems continue to mount. Matt Ryan and the Falcons are unfriendly hosts as Julio Jones has three TDs in a rout. The Redskins are simply overmatched and absorb another loss.
Falcons 34 Redskins 14.

October 18 – Redskins at Jets
The Jets are struggling too and the Redskins are poised to have a solid game against the AFC East foe. Going against former player Todd Bowles isn’t an easy pass as Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the Jets to a last second field goal.
Jets 27 Redskins 24.

October 25 – Buccaneers at Redskins
The Redskins are desperate for a win after a miserable 0-6 start and hope to salvage their season to whatever degree. Jay Gruden and company hear the boo-birds again, but it is during team introductions – yikes. The Bucs are the only other winless franchise and continue their struggles at FedEx. Kirk Cousins has a career day and Jamison Crowder has his finest day as a rookie with two touchdowns.
Redskins 45 Buccaneers 10.

November 1 - Bye
The recent win at home was certainly needed, but no one can take solace in a 1-6 start. The team has struggled in many ways and while the media points fingers in many directions, the Redskins know that they must double down and perform better each week.

November 8 – Redskins at Patriots
Coming off of a blowout win two weeks earlier, the Redskins are looking to sustain some momentum toward a solid run. Playing the Patriots on the road is not the best of times to hope for a winning streak. Tom Brady and company are simply too much for the Redskins as the visiting falls to 1-7.
Patriots 40 Redskins 24.

November 15 – Saints at Redskins
The whispers are getting stronger as Jay Gruden is talked about constantly in the media. The time to win is now or risk being replaced very soon. The Redskins, via Scot McCloughan, reiterate their unconditional support and issue a statement that no one faces a termination. However, the team falls in a spirited contest against the Saints.
Saints 41 Redskins 37.

November 22 - Redskins at Panthers
The Redskins face another NFC South opponent and the results are dismal. Cam Newton enjoys a stellar day as the visiting team is drubbed in their worst loss to date.
Panthers 33 Redskins 7.

November 29 – Giants at Redskins
After turning to Colt McCoy in the second half in the previous game, the Redskins continue to ride with Kirk Cousins. No one likes a 1-9 record and there is certainly blame to go around, but six games remain and the chance at respectability. The Giants come to town with a struggling season of their own as Tom Coughlin is certainly to be released at season’s end. The Redskins win a battle of NFC East cellar dwellers.
Redskins 33 Giants 13.

December 7 – Cowboys at Redskins
The heated rivalry comes late in the season as fans simply want a rare 2015 win at the hands of the despised Cowboys. Unfortunately, the loss column grows to double digits as the Redskins put forth a lackluster effort in front of the home crowd.
Cowboys 31 Redskins 14.

December 13 – Redskins at Bears
The Bears have been struggling late in the season after a decent start and are looking for a victory. Woes at the quarterback position have doomed the Bears, but they find a way to win against the Redskins.
Bears 21 Redskins 20.

December 20 – Bills at Redskins
The Bills are surprisingly close to a playoff berth, but the Redskins make it incredibly difficult. It comes down to a defensive stand by the Bills defense as they narrowly escape with huge win.
Bills 27 Redskins 23.

December 26 – Eagles at Redskins
The Eagles have locked up a playoff appearance, but they are fighting for a division crown as well. Showing no mercy, Chip Kelly pours on the points. The boo-birds are louder than ever and few fans remain as FedEx is nearly empty by the fourth quarter. Late scores bring the Redskins a bit closer, but the game was decided much sooner.
Eagles 52 Redskins 28.

January 3 – Redskins at Cowboys
The Cowboys already know their place in the playoff picture and decide to rest their starters. The Redskins already know they will be picking second in the 2016 draft, but decide to play for some pride.
Redskins 41 Cowboys 17.

The Redskins finish with a demoralizing record of 3-13, but there are no changes in the coaching structure. Although fans see Jay Gruden as a football perfidy of sorts, the Redskins brass understands that a rebuild is still another two or three years in the making. Kirk Cousins is re-signed to a multi-year deal, but understands that his role may diminish over time with a new draftee at the quarterback position. Junior Galette is given a team friendly contract that spans several years. Free agency will focus on depth and special teams. The draft will focus on quarterback (remember that Scot McCloughan has been able to find talent in later rounds), offensive guard, wide receiver, safety, cornerback, and depth.

When making such predictions, it is not a blog that BBQ enjoys writing. What are your expectations for 2015? Do you see a better record? Worse? Are we going to be looking for a new coach in January? What becomes of Robert Griffin, III? Are there any other surprises for 2015? Let us know what you are thinking.

This is the final offseason edition of BBQ for 2015. The weekly format will return after each game during the regular season. Thanks for making the last eight months an enjoyable experience as we attempted to formulate free agent predictions, mock drafts, and final roster guesses. It’s time for some football!

Hail To The Redskins!
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