The Ryan Fitzpatrick era will begin in Washington on September 12th against the Los Angeles Chargers. It will be the ninth team he has started a game for and very well may be the key to Washington winning the NFC East for the second year in a row. Head coach Ron Rivera passed on moving up in the draft to take a quarterback and instead continued to add depth to an already talented defense and added weapons to the offense. Riverboat Ron is betting on a quarterback who can manage the game and not make mistakes. Enter Fitz; the book on Fitzpatrick is an interesting one. After being drafted in the seventh round out of Harvard by the St. Louis Rams, he wasn't even expected to make the team; he did and has since carved out a very respectable career with almost 35,000 yards and 233 touchdowns. But he has never taken a team to the playoffs and has a record 30 games under five hundred as a starter. Rivera hopes with a rushing attack led by Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic who ran for a combined 1,160 yards, and the additions of Adam Humphries and Curtis Samuel at the receiver position; the offense will improve on their 317.3 yards a game that ranked 30th in the NFL. It will need to improve if it's going to win the NFC East for the second straight year. It will need better than 7-9, which was the worst record of a team to win the NFC East.
Defensively the Washington Football Team was among the best in the NFL. They ranked second in total yards(304/game) and fourth in points given up (20.6/ game). It has probably the best defensive line in the game. Led by Chase Young and Montez Sweat. Inside are Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. This unit gave up 112 yards a game on the ground and combined for 47 sacks which was 6th in the league. They used the 19th pick on linebacker Jamin Davis from Kentucky. Davis is projected as a starter. This unit will most likely finish in the top 5 defensively again in 2021, led by Jack Del Rio.
WFT is the only team that plays each of last year's playoff semifinalists. They play six playoff teams from 2020. After two home games to start the season with the Chargers and Giants, the WFT enters a stretch where they play Buffalo, New Orleans, Kansas City, and Green Bay over the next 5 weeks. After a week nine buy Tampa Bay and Seattle come to Washington over the next three weeks. Seattle is on Monday night football. WFT finishes the schedule playing their three division rivals on the road in the final four weeks. Their extra game is at Buffalo on September 26th, and they travel to the 4 o'clock time zone twice. At Denver and Las Vegas. Washington has the 15th toughest schedule in the NFL, but it seems worse than that. Home games against New Orleans, Kansas City, Tampa Bay in a span of six weeks is a brutal stretch. And road games at Buffalo and Green Bay before Halloween might be too much to overcome early. The WFT will always be in games because of their defense. Rivera and Del Rio will have a tough, smart defense, but how much can the offense improve under Fitzpatrick will be the question that needs to be answered.
With their win total being at 8- they will need to improve two more games from 2020. They may actually be a better team but take a step back in 2021 with the schedule being so difficult. Seven or eight wins seem right here.
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