And then it was six… Since defeating the St. Louis Rams almost two months ago, the Redskins have failed to win a game since. On Sunday, they were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys a second time this season in an overtime thriller. Facing a 10 point deficit in the 2nd quarter, the Redskins stormed back to overtime. Graham Gano lined up to kick the potential winner, half-way through the extra period. But the 52 yarder went wide right, and the 2nd year pro wagged his arm in disappointment.
Sunday was, however, a rather productive day for the Redskins offense. Rex Grossman went 25 of 38 on passes for 289 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, a nice outing. His top receiver, Jabar Gaffney, caught 7 passes for 115 yards and an impressive TD grab late in the first half. Also, newly re-acquired wide-out Donte’ Stallworth looked great, with his most notable highlight in the last minute of regulation. Grossman took the snap and threw right at the left side, landing the ball perfectly in Stallworth’s hands as he tip-toed in the corner of the end-zone.
On the other end of the ball, the defense wasn’t so lucky.
Once again this season, DeAngelo Hall let a game slip away, and this time it was in similar fashion to Week 3. On 3rd and long in OT, Tony Romo hit Dez Bryant for a big gain that led to the game winning field-goal. After the game, Hall went on to say he believes that he should be cut for his poor play recently, something not many would be upset with. The defensive line however, played decent, getting to Romo on several occasions, and only allowing 89 yards rushing.
And that brings us to Mr. Gano. The way he powers the ball on kick-offs, you would think 30-50 yard field goals wouldn’t be a problem. But sadly, the Redskins kicker now leads the NFL in missed kicks with eight, even ahead of the infamous Shaun Suisham. Since he joined the team in the middle of the 2009 season, Gano has made 44 out of 63 field goal attempts, a pathetic 69.8 percent of his kicks. On Sunday, he missed two that would have sealed the deal for a Redskins victory, and snapped an embarrassing losing streak. But with the former Florida State star kicker making a free-fall and no signs of confidence headed his way, the question must be asked:
Is it time for Gano to go?