It's been another whirlwind offseason for the Washington Redskins in the Nation's Capital. A new GM, a new coach, a new quarterback, a new mentality; all those changes have inspired hope in a starving fan base on the brink of despair.
No more bingo callers on offense, no more overindulgent spending sprees, no more slip-n-slides or swinging gates. These Redskins are intent on ending their reign atop Mount Ineptitude, preferring instead a climb up Olympus. They may not be successful right away, but one thing is for sure: these Redskins are for real.
Sunday night backed by 90,000 strong, the team will begin a new era with Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb at the helm. Anticipation is at an all-time high as Washington prepares to take on their archrival, the Dallas Cowboys, in what is sure to be a memorable debut for the new-look Redskins organization.
The Cowboys enter the season heavy favorites to win the NFC East, but Sunday night will give Washington the chance to prove they belong in the discussion. Here's what they will need to do to win game one under Shanahan.