They started the preseason 2-0, with a pair of convincing performances. And now, Washington fans are starting to talk about a winning season.
Washington followed up a 16-7 win over Pittsburgh with a 16-3 win over Indianapolis. Put the bubbly on ice, boys... the Redskins are going to the Super Bowl.
Quarterback Rex Grossman ranks second in the NFL in passing yards. Running backs Roy Helu and Tim Hightower rank fourth and fifth in rushing yards. As a team, the Redskins rank first in total offense (433 per game) and total defense (168 per game).
Except... it doesn't matter. Not even a little bit.
Consider that the Indianapolis Colts are 4-21 in the last five years of preseason games, and 75-21 in the last five years of regular season games.
Consider that the 49ers went undefeated last preseason, then went 6-10 during the regular season. Seattle did the same in 2009, then went 5-11. Detroit became the first 0-16 team ever after an undefeated preseason. And Oakland was 2-14 after doing it in 2006.
So drift back down to earth, Redskins fans. Don't make fools out of yourselves. This team is tanking this year, no matter if it's Rex Grossman (who showed up to training camp fat) or John Beck (who has thrown one career touchdown pass) leading the team to three-and-outs.
We'd be lucky to squeak out six wins, but even luckier to go 0-16 and win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
So, now that you've heard my cheerful optimism, vote in the poll below. Do you see the Redskins winning a Super Bowl on Beck's back?