The Washington Redskins have made it through the first four games with a 3-1 record. It’s definitely a strong start to the season, and if they keep up this pace, they should be in good shape for a postseason bid and maybe even home-field advantage.
With all that being said, here’s my perspective on how the early bye week should affect the Redskins.
Having a bye week so early should give the Redskins adequate time to be excited about their current position in the standings, but more importantly a chance to study and identify what they could’ve been done better. They can make the necessary corrections and hit the ground running in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field.
Bye weeks allow a team to get healthy, and although the Redskins haven’t suffered too many significant injuries so far it’s still good to have extra time to rest the body and heal.
But even though the Redskins are relatively healthy so far, the early bye week eliminates any margin of error later in the season. Should the team suffer a number of injuries going forward, they won’t have any added time to get healthy.
Getting away from the game for a very abbreviated moment also gives the players some quality time with their families; after this it’s football until the season is over and that includes holidays. I still struggle to get into the holiday spirit because of the habits I formed during my football career.
The bye also gives teams — even ones like the Redskins who have started the season well — the ability to escape and regroup. I can remember that being a savior during some of the seasons I played, especially when the bye week came after a string of losses.
The Redskins are in a good position right now, and with some of the other NFC East teams struggling they need to enjoy this break and come back focused for the final 12 games of the season. If they can dedicate themselves to that task, we could see an unexpected appearance in the postseason.