(Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

But I’m now changing my vote to Kevin Sheehan’s observation that this is the 8th time the Redskins have started 3-1 in 16 seasons. They do this every other year?

Three of the previous 3-1 starts have led to the playoffs. Four have not.

Anyhow, since people are now forecasting the rest of the season by quarters, I thought I’d go back over the previous 15 seasons and see what the quarterly breakdown looks like.

First Quarter: Total record of 32-28. Twelve of the 15 years, the Redskins have either gone 2-2 or 3-1.

Second Quarter: Total record of 29-31. Only four times have the Redskins finished 3-1 or 4-0 in this quarter.

Third Quarter: Total record of 19-40-1. That’s ghastly. This is the quarter Redskins seasons go to die. For nine straight seasons, the Redskins have either gone 1-3 or 0-4 in this quarter.

Fourth Quarter: Total record of 29-31. Only four times have the the Redskins finished 3-1 or 4-0 in this quarter.

In other news, Bodog now lists the Redskins as 11-4 to win the NFC East, the third choice behind the Giants and Eagles. Bodog also has Washington at a season-low 40-1 to win the Super Bowl, and at 18-1 to win the NFC title. The 40-1 figure makes Washington the longest shot in the division to win it all.

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