Barring some miraculous turnaround that would include several Giants losses and an improbable seven-game win streak, the Redskins will miss the playoffs this year. At 3-6 the team is tied for last place with a nightmare of a team in Philadelphia, whom they lost to earlier this year 20-13.
After a decidedly better game versus Miami on Sunday in another losing effort, the Redskins focus is now on the Cowboys. If Washington doesn’t win another game (and some in the “Draft Position” camp would be okay with that) they must win this game. They had Dallas on the ropes inside the spaceship in Texas and lost in a game that consisted primarily of field goals.
The opening line for this weeks game is probably going to be Dallas as a favorite, anywhere between seven to ten points- possibly more. The Redskins need a victory not to establish “hope for the season” or to move into prime position to make a run or any of those things most fans dream of at 3-6. The Redskins need this game so they don’t lose their fans for the season. If the Redskins drop this game at FedEx, in front of
83,000 41,500 Redskins fans, the whole thing may collapse on top of Danny, Bruce and Mike.
This game also presents an opportunity for the rookies to grow, something they couldn’t do with Beck running the offense. Rookie wide receiver Leonard “#HankTime” Hankerson had eight receptions for 106 yards against a decent Miami pass defense with Rex throwing him the ball. If Hankerson doesn’t fall on a key interception, he goes for even more. Roy Helu didn’t start against Miami but did go for 41 yards on six carries, that’s 6.8 yards per carry for you math whizzes.
The Cowboys you ask? Well, Dallas just absolutely obliterated a Buffalo team that shutout Washington a few weeks ago. They are “firing on all cylinders” as many ESPN analysts like to say. Their defense is stepping up and they are hungry for a playoff birth. With Detroit, Chicago (both wildcard teams with Green Bay in NFC North) and the Giants at 6-3, a drop to 5-5 would put a lot of hurt on the Cowboys playoff chances. The Redskins are now playing the spoiler and spoil they must.
The cheapest tickets for this weekends game are going at about $82 for a party deck seat on Stubhub.com. If nothing else, the Redskins should make it interesting for at least three quarters.
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