Last August, Michael Lombardi was the only one of seven NFL.com and NFL Network analysts to predict the Redskins were going to the playoffs.
“The team will be ready, Tim Hightower fits what they want to do on offense, and they’ll be a problem for teams to beat this year,” he later told me.
It didn’t happen. And a year later, the Redskins have lost even Lombardi. The same Web site posted division and wild-card picks from 16 NFL.com and NFL Network analysts on Thursday, and exactly zero of the 16 had the Redskins making the playoffs.
That made them one of just four NFC teams so honored, along with the Buccaneers, Cardinals and Vikings.
The same 16 analysts also picked the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year; 13 chose Andrew Luck, one chose Russell Wilson, one chose Justin Blackmon, and one chose Robert Griffin III.
On ESPN.com, meanwhile, 12 analysts submitted their playoff picks. None had the Redskins in the postseason.
That made them one of just four NFC teams so honored, along with the Rams, Seahawks and Vikings. So of the 28 experts, at least one chose every NFC team for the playoffs besides Washington and Minnesota.
The same 12 analysts also picked the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year; eight chose Andrew Luck, and four chose Trent Richardson.
Combined, the 28 analysts submitted 13 votes for the Eagles, 12 for the Giants and three for the Cowboys as NFC East champs.
Sports Illustrated also released its NFL predictions; Peter King has the Redskins finishing last in the NFC East, with a 6-10 record.
In totally unrelated Redskins news, here’s the best quote from Wednesday’s postgame. It comes from kicker Billy Cundiff, who went 3-for-4 on field goal tries, but missed badly from 46 yards and was booed.
“It’s good to be back in the NFC East, where they boo the home team,” the veteran said. “It reminds me of my days in Dallas.”