Fans of the NFC East beware, the lowly Redskins are lowly no more. The emergence of the Redskins as Super Bowl contenders seems to be on the horizon with a strong ending to the 2012 regular season. The Redskins won the division for the first time since the 1999 season, which is only the third time in 20 years the they have able to do so. Over the last two decades the division has been controlled by Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys in which all three teams have made Super Bowl appearances.
The Redskins on the other hand have struggled since the 80s and have been the laughing stock of the NFC East. After a 3-6 start to this season it seemed like another long year for the Skins and a likely end to the Mike Shanahan era in Washington. However, a surging Redskins team took advantage of a struggling division and capped a seven game win-streak with a division title by beating the Dallas Cowboys in the season finale. With Robert Griffin III ailing though, the team must be weary to proceed with caution to protect their young quarterback for fear that if they do not it will land them back in obscurity once again.