Playoffs?? You're Talking About Playoffs???

John Clayton arguing that the Redskins are now co-favs to win the NFC East:


Despite being 33 years old, McNabb can add to the Redskins what Brett Favre added to the Minnesota Vikings last season and Steve McNair added to the Baltimore Ravens in a trade in 2006. Franchise quarterbacks add points to the scoreboard. Favre added 5.7 points per game to the Vikings last season and they advanced from a 10-win team to a 12-win team. McNair added 5.5 points per game to the Ravens in 2006, and they had a 13-3 season. 

Maybe, maybe not. Again, this strikes me as rather simple analysis of a really complicated situation. I think the Cowboys could be anything from 7-9 to 12-4. Who knows? Same for the Redskins. I suspect McNabb helps--I'd certainly rather see Jason Campbell--but I don't know how much.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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