Three Factors For the Redskins In Week One vs the Giants

By Redskins Columnist Patrick Rice

In a mere four days the Washington Redskins will take on the New York Giants. Every team has a sense of hope at this point. The storylines at this juncture are always the same…”I am confident this year and really think this is our time”. Something along those lines are always blurted out of preseason camps.

For some teams they may be true, but in reality most teams have a sense of where they are going before the season even kicks off. Take the Cincinnati Bengals for instance. They are not going to challenge in the AFC north this season and perhaps may win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. But than there are teams who surprise because you just don’t know what to expect out of them. Teams like the 2011 Redskins.

In Mike Shanahan’s second year, there are numerous reports and articles that discuss a more solid organization from top to bottom. How he has his players and how they are going to play hard every down. Despite this, however, the national media looks down on the Redskins because they don’t have a super star on their roster. But that’s what makes this team interesting.

That’s why we have no idea what to expect from them this year. The optimism around the Redskins is clear and they have to feel confident heading into week 1. Now, in order to keep their confidence high they need to win. Winning a divisional game to start the year against a team that has owned the Skins would do wonders. Here are some of the keys I will be looking for in the home opener for the Burgundy and Gold:

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