What separates the Redskins from a would-be Super Bowl champion? No more than five points. It’s not fair to start of with such an enigmatic lead-in, but the answer to this quasi-riddle is quite amusing. Five points is the amount the Redskins beat the New York Jets by when the two teams met in the pre-season. The Redskins did not play the Jets during the regular season, and we all know that pre-season is all for posterity. In other words, pre-season doesn’t count, but the strangeness doesn’t end here.
One might recall a game that occurred on October 10, 2010. In this game, the Washington Redskins played the Green Bay Packers at home. Coming off a win against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins once again instilled pride and early hope among its legion of loyal fans. The final score was 16-13.
Two weeks after the Packers win, and one week after an all-too-close loss to the Indianapolis Colts, a loss that could be excused because Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, the Skins travelled to Soldier Field where they would defeat Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. The Redskins won 17-14. This was the apex of the season for the Redskins. The week after, the Redskins would lose to the Detroit Lions and a very quick down-hill slide mired by controversies would begin. The win against the Bears would mark a turning point from a playoff-hopeful season to business as usual.
If you haven’t figured out by now, what I have alluded to is the fact that the Redskins have beat three out of the four remaining Super Bowl contending teams. The Redskins of course did not play the Pittsburgh Steelers. Would they have won? It would have been intereting to see, yet it probably would have added even more frustration to the season. What can we gain from this? I stand firm when I say no team that has lost to the Redskins will be the Super Bowl champion. That is why the Steelers will win.