In a tight NFC East race, one surprise team is slowly moving up in the standings. In fact, by the end of Week 17, they may very well be the division champions. And that team, ladies and gentlemen, is the Washington Redskins.
Now, it may not seem as much a surprise when you consider the fact that quarterback Robert Griffin III is tearing it up his rookie season (511 passing yards. 8 TDs, 1 INT last two games). But besides that and running back Alfred Morris (189 yards rushing last two games), who really comes to mind when you think of this team? Sure, the defense has gotten the job done, although they almost coughed the game up to Dallas on Thanksgiving.
But the main reason that Washington looks primed to claim the NFC East title is because not one of the other three teams look good. Can you make the argument that the Cowboys are going to make a charge with Tony Romo, who has thrown 15 interceptions up this point? The Giants are always in the mix, but Eli Manning has thrown 11 picks himself this season, 6 in the past 4 games. And do I even need to make a case for the 6 loss in a row Philadelphia Eagles (oh, and they're without McCoy and Vick this week)?
So yes, the race for the NFC East is tight, and anything can happen. But RG3 looks really good right now, and Morris is a strong back who gives the 'Skins a balanced attack. Plus, Washington has three more games in the division; if they take care of those games, they not only have a shot at making the playoffs, but clinching the division come the end of the season.