Last week there were big winners but the Washington Redskins weren't one of them. They didn't lose either. Week five was their week (their bye week) of rest and relaxation if you the fans can believe that National Football League players can breathe easily at all between August and January. This early bye week will be good for Robert Griffin III who was rusty out of the gate this season because of his anterior cruciate ligament tear and surgery on January 9, 2013. He didn't throw a pass in a live game in the preseason this year.
On October 9, 2013 John Keim of ESPN.com interviewed the Redskin's quarterback about how he felt after the bye week. RG III stated,
I feel very good, great actually. Rejuvenated. Everyone has a lot of energy coming off the bye week. As a team we're all moving on from those first four weeks. We got the win. Aside from that, we didn't play like the way we know we can play. So we have to get back to doing those things.
My belief as a Redskins watcher is that they can win their division considering the turmoil on the New York Giants this year. That takes one variable out of the math of winning the division. New York is 0-5 so their particular path is steep.
The Redskins (1-3) play Sunday night at divisional rival Dallas (2-3) in the Sunday night game so the stage is big and a win will put them in first place if the Eagles (2-3) lose their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The 0-3 start for the Redskins was probably a result of RG III's injury rehabilitation which wiped out all the Spring and Summer practices for him. This is only his second year so it was important.
Washington has two players returning from four-game drug suspensions so they'll have more flexibility this week. Additionally, Alfred Morris (running back) and Jordan Reed (tight end) are set to return from injuries.