There is no way to predict how many highlights from today’s Redskins’ victory Fox will air on its post-game show. Same goes for ESPN and the NFL Network. To do this game justice, they’ll have to show a ton. Of course, the package may be called a blooper reel. This game had everything but an on-sides kick and a kick return for a touchdown. Where else this weekend did a 20-yard pass hit a safety’s shoulder pads and pop up 20 yards in the air, only to be caught by an offensive lineman for a short gain?
Today’s contest can best be called the turnover game. Washington lost a fumble and threw two interceptions. The Skins actually fumbled 5 times, but recovered 4 of them. Chicago turned the rock over 6 times, including 4 DeAngelo Hall interceptions. Had it not been for the Cutler to Hall connection, Washington would have lost a pitifull game. Instead, the man who played with a bad back and was the source of some minor controversy earlier in the week put on a clinic. Thanks mostly to number 23, the ‘Skins won ugly. Give Ryan Torain his props, he was the second reason they won in spite of a fumble. The defense overall played well, but still gave up too many yards.
Needless to say, Donovan McNabb’s return to his hometown was inglorious. Frankly, that’s being gracious. For three weeks leading up to this game, his completion percentage had slowly improved each week. Today, he and the entire passing offense clearly took a step back. That’s too bad, because the ‘Skins have a not-to-be-underestimated Lions team to play in Detroit next week before their badly needed bye.
Washington is 4 and 3 with one conference loss and no division losses. The Eagles have the same record, but have two conference losses and a division loss. The Giants and Cowboys square off tomorrow night, which means the ‘Skins will either be in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East or alone in second place. In the tie scenario, they’d actually be alone in first because the Giants would have a loss to a division rival. I can’t think of a time where I ever even thought of rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. That’s football blasphemy. However, given the fact New York has no division or conference losses, Go Dallas.
That’s it for one of the ugliest wins I’ve ever seen. The Shanahans and McNabb had better get this offense together, or it’s gonna be a long, frustrating second half of the season. 17 to 14, ‘Skins. Hail to the Redskins.