Normally speaking, teams go into their home opener every year filled with hype and hope for a great season. Yes, for Washington Redskins fans, there has to be an absolute euphoria surrounding the much anticipated debut of Robert Griffin III as their quarterback. However, with all of the injuries that Washington has suffered, it has to make one wonder whether the team is worthy of being a 3 ½-point favorite on the NFL odds in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Before the season even started, Jamaal Brown (hip), Tanard Jackson (suspension), and Brandon Meriweather (knee), all of which could have been starters, were out of the fold, and none of these three are going to be back for at least another two weeks. Then in Week 1, Pierre Garcon left with a foot injury after a great first half against the New Orleans Saints. He’ll be up in the air for Sunday’s clash with the Bengals.
But the death of this season for the Redskins might have come against the St. Louis Rams, and that isn’t even mentioning the fact that a game that should have gone to overtime ended in a brutal defeat. Both Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo, two of the best players on a defense that was surprisingly one of the best in the NFL last year, are now out for the entire season. Carriker tore his quadriceps, while Orakpo tore a pectoral muscle. Fred Davis also suffered a concussion, and that will likely keep him out against Cincinnati to boot.
That now makes six starters that could be out of the fold for the Redskins against the Bengals.
Last year, Cincinnati went undefeated against teams that didn’t get into the playoffs and winless against teams that did. This year looks exactly the same with the win over the Cleveland Browns and the loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
It might only be Week 3, but the Redskins don’t look like a team that should be all that excited to start off the home opener. Instead, Washington should just be happy to get out of next week with a healthy injury report, which might be far more important than a win.