Washington Redskins: 3 Reasons They Can Win the NFC East in 2018

Alex Smith, Washington Redskins
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Their Offense Has a Few Key Additions

The Redskins acquired veteran quarterback Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs during the offseason, so they again appear to be solid at football’s most important position. Former quarterback Kirk Cousins was an underrated passer, but Smith had similar numbers last season and he’s more experienced than Cousins.

Smith also brings another added dimension to the Redskins, as he’s more of a running threat than Cousins. In addition, he doesn’t turn the ball over at a high rate, as he hasn’t thrown more than eight interceptions since 2010 and is coming off a year in which he threw just five picks.

Joining Smith in the backfield this season is 33-year-old running back Adrian Peterson, who signed with the Redskins in August. After seeing limited action with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals over the past two years, he seems to have found the fountain of youth in 2018.

Peterson has 56 carries for 236 yards and three touchdowns overall, but his best work this season came on Sunday. He finished with 19 carries for 120 yards and two scores in the win over the Packers, with his two TDs accounting for the difference in the game.

Smith and Peterson will continue to make a big difference for Washington as the season progresses, and that’s not to mention the other talent the Redskins possess on offense.

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