The Washington Redskins lost today’s game in the 4th quarter. When it counted most, its offense couldn’t score a touchdown and its defense couldn’t get a stop. That’s what most observers will probably say. I contend, however, that they lost it every time a Redskins’ receiver dropped a ball and failed to extend a drive. Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong, in spite of some key receptions, just didn’t get the job done.
This game was winnable. Overall, McNabb performed well under some serous pressure. He dumped the ball off a couple times when he had receivers open down-field, but that’s Donovan. Besides, this game was clearly within the Redskins’ grasp. All they had to do was execute. They fought – both teams did. In the end, the lone interception of the game, which the league’s statisticians should find a way to attribute to Moss, was essentially the difference. Think about it – how often does an NFL team score 17 points and win?
Washington next travels to New Jersey to play the Giants. After that they’ll host Tampa Bay, travel to Dallas and Jacksonville, and close out against the Giants at home. They could lose all five games or win three of them. My crystal ball says they’ll win at least two and end the season either 7 – 9 or 8 – 8. No matter what they do, I intend to watch the final game of the season at FedEx.
Technically, the ‘Skins have already improved over last year. That doesn’t seem worth mentioning until you consider that one third of the team is a MASH unit, and that they’re developing their young talent big-time. Redskins’ fans have a reason to hope for a winning season next year. As for this year – may they sweep Dallas and crush New York’s playoff hopes. That’s my Christmas wish. What’s yours?
As always, Go Skins!