Redskin redemption as McNabb and company pull off a must-win

By: Sean Mathews

I am fortunately surrounded by several Redskins fans at my office in downtown Washington.  As usual, there are a few Cowboys fans here and there, along with a lone Steelers fan.  We have a tradition; the Redskins fans that is.  Every morning after a Redskins win, one of us will bring in “victory cake”.  It’s just one of the things you do to survive the doldrums of cubicle life; one of those things that helps you get through the work week.  It felt like it had been forever since we last had victory cake grace our desk space.  Finally the Redskins gave us a win we could celebrate.

The Redskins desperately needed this win to prove their relevance.  Without it they would have suffered a huge self-defeat in addition to losing their fan base and chances for a playoff berth.  The game itself had echoes of the game the Redskins lost against the Texans.  McNabb threw one of the better games of his career (as he did against the Texans) and the game again went into overtime.  This time the outcome was different though. 

Donovan McNabb looked good but he still made a few bone-headed plays.  One could have been a game-ending interception but the Titans could not capitalize.  McNabb has got to play smarter when he is hurried.  He is still throwing way too many interceptions.

Graham Gano has got to go.  I’m sorry.  He may have redeemed himself in the end, but the game should never have made it to overtime.  He missed a crucial field goal that was less than 50 yards.  You get paid the big bucks to make those. 

Santana Moss was finally used to his full potential.  106 yards and a touchdown ain’t too shabby compared to how he’s been playing.  Still, Moss is not a primary receiver and that is a position the Redskins need to fill.

Keiland Williams has potential, but I’d like to see something more out of him than three yards a carry.  He touched the ball 23 times and managed 68 yards which is still respectable considering his lack of play –time he’s had.  He’ll get the opportunity to produce though, as it looks like you can stick a fork in Clinton Portis.  His season and career with the Redskins are likely over.

Though facing significant injuries, the Redskins came through.  Maybe it was an NFL version of Darwinism.  The weak moved out of the way for those who needed to play –and win- to move in. 

The Skins played hard and gave their fans something they could be proud of.  Playoff hopes are very much alive as the Skins play a very beatable Vikings squad that is now Childress-less and more than likely Favre-less as well.  The destiny of the Skins is still in their own hands.  In the mean time, I plan on more victory cake in the coming weeks.

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