Who remembers where they were on November 20th, 2005? Anyone? Chances are you were watching our beloved Redskins fall to the Oakland Raiders at home 16 to 13 in a game where Sean Taylor absolutely destroyed wide receiver Jerry Porter while going over the middle. This game was seen almost as a breaking point of the season and created the same air of despair that we are feeling now courtesy of our friends in Philadelphia.
Next trivia question is; what was the Redskins record after that game? If you guessed 5-5 you’re either a diehard like myself or you have the resources of google (like myself) at your disposal.
The Skins have been here before folks. They have been down in the dumps at .500 (or in the case of 2005, below .500 after a loss the next week to San Diego) and resurrected their season to make a playoff push. It is for these reasons, I sincerely believe that until we have the number eight in that loss column our hopes are still alive, no matter how dysfunctional the team appears to be.
Washington was 5-6 through 11 games that year and appeared out of it…then came the chants.
“Five in a row or we don’t go!”
The Redskins rallied to win their final five games including one against each of their three NFC East foes. The Tennessee Titans (5-4) are a team that is not to be taken lightly, especially with Chris Johnson running the ball and Vince Young at quarterback. Oh, almost forgot about the future Hall of Fame wide receiver they recently acquired…some guy named Randy. This game is also a homecoming for Albert Haynesworth who openly admitted he had second thoughts about leaving Tennessee. The Titans are 52-28 all time at LP Field and are looking for their 53rd W against Washington.
I see some of the character in these young players like Anthony Armstrong, Lorenzo Alexander and Brandon Banks that we had in the youth of the 2005 team. We still have Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley, Santana Moss, Mike Sellers and Phillip Daniels from that squad as well. These guys know how to win. I think if we put out a strong showing in Tennessee, not even necessarily a win, but a good game…If we can get our act together on defense and tackle somebody, put points on the board when they matter and get at least one (hopefully more) third down conversion on offense, it would go a long way towards these guys confidence and may even spark something special heading into the final push for a playoff spot. Like I stated in one of my previous posts, the schedule is favorable for the Skins to win games and hold tie-breakers in the NFC. Now all that is left to do is show up, starting this Sunday.