Losing sucks. Losing winnable games are even worse. Compound that with Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers on deck and that creates a very unpleasant situation. That is what the Washington Football Team has right now.
Well, and a whole bunch of other stuff outside the team is happening too. But that is nothing new or unusual for the team that resides in the nation’s capital.
Oh, and yeah, arguably the franchise’s most iconic player, Sean Taylor, is getting his number retired on Sunday. While it may be easy for the team to put their head down – losing Sean Taylor’s commemoration game by double digits to a sea of Chiefs fans could be a new bottom for a franchise notorious for finding deeper depths.
So above all else, Washington will have a true test of resilience on Sunday. Against a Chiefs team that is the most vulnerable it has been since Patrick Mahomes took the helm at QB, Washington can re-direct its season on Sunday.
Sunday will be a key test of resilience for the Washington Football Team
It is easy to get discouraged when the perceived strength of your team— the defense— is a bottom dweller in both counting stats and analytic stats. Since Week 1 Washington’s defense has allowed 29+ points in each game. Washington also ranks 28th in the Football Outsiders overall Team Defense DVOA. Not great.
Having an unexpectedly poor start can be demoralizing. Washington is 2-3, yet it feels like they are lucky to have that record. The offense essentially has to go out and score 30+ a week to win. And, again, that plan does not inspire much consistent confidence with Taylor Heincke, a very inconsistent quarterback, at the helm.
And looking at the brutal upcoming schedule, as well as seeing how the Cowboys are playing, it could be natural for some division to be occurring within the Washington locker room. Time could very well be running out fast for the Football Team.
That is why Sunday’s game against a beatable Kansas City Chiefs team is a key test of resilience for the Washington Football Team. If they can overcome an up-and-down start to the season, combined with the typical off-the-field parade, to be competitive, or even win, that could be a sign for good things in the future.
Against an uber-talented team, with an offense that can go bananas at a given notice, the final score may not be a true indicator for improvement. But, fans will know it if they see it. And if Washington can come out, with seemingly everything going wrong, and compete with the Patrick Mahomes-led Cheifs, that could speak to a resilient football team.
And with a race for the final Wild Card spot likely to feature teams hovering around .500, that could keep Washington’s postseason hopes very much alive. All hope is not lost for Washington. At least not yet. They need to seize the opportunities they have and it starts Sunday.