Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) greets fans along the sideline before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (Susan Walsh)
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The Redskins are 10-point underdogs in their opener Sunday at the Eagles (1 p.m., Fox), and most analysts predict Washington will win only three to six games this season.

So what am I missing?

There have been plenty of bad Redskins teams the past few decades, but this isn’t one of them. And they’ll show it Sunday by beating the Eagles 17-14.

In fact, Washington has a puncher’s chance of making the playoffs if it stays healthy and its young receivers produce.

Has anyone watched this defense? The line manned by two first-round picks is one of the NFL’s best. Landon Collins has energized a secondary that even has cornerback Josh Norman playing to his potential. At linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan is looking to eclipse Dexter Manley’s team record for career sacks, and Montez Sweat is looming as the next big thing.

Washington won’t reach 24 points too often this season because the offense is, well, who knows? The QB is on his fourth team in four years, which says a lot. But running back Derrius Guice is special. He can make this makeshift offense work.

The Redskins are overlooked, afterthoughts before even the first kickoff.

Ten points? Look for a surprise Sunday that really shouldn’t be a shocker. The Redskins won’t be walked over this season.

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