3 gifts on the Washington Football Team’s wishlist this Christmas
By Jerry Trotta
The Washington Football Team’s season is officially on the line.
We’d argue that was the case Tuesday night in Philadelphia, but Washington could all but be eliminated from playoff contention this weekend if they lose to Dallas and teams ahead of them in the chase pick up victories.
All Washington needs to focus on is beating the Cowboys, but it’s pretty alarming they’re a full game behind the Vikings, Eagles and Saints and no longer hold the conference record tiebreaker over Minnesota and Philly.
In other words, Washington likely needs a Christmas miracle to even climb back into the hunt. As we know, anything is possible in the NFL, but Ron Rivera’s group will likely be headed for an earlier-than-expected offseason if these three gifts aren’t waiting under the tree on Saturday morning.
3 Christmas gifts for the Washington Football Team
3. More targets for Terry McLaurin
Does this really need an explanation? Sadly, it does.
As if fans being forced to watch Washington’s offense sputter over the last month, during which its averaged a paltry 16.25 points per game, wasn’t a big enough punishment, they’ve also had to watch Terry McLaurin go un-used.
Let’s take a look at McLaurin’s recent game log, shall we?
- Week 12: 4 catches for 51 yards on 7 targets
- Week 13: 3 catches for 22 yards on 7 targets
- Week 14: 0 catches (left injured) on three targets
- Week 15: 2 catches for 51 yards on 4 targets
A receiver of McLaurin’s caliber should never endure a three-game stretch in which he’s targeted just 12 times. If it were up to us, McLaurin would be targeted 12 times every game, but beggars can’t be choosers. Instead, he hasn’t topped 100 yards or scored a touchdown in over a month.
And folks wonder why he didn’t make the Pro Bowl.
On the surface, McLaurin’s lack of volume is maddening. He has the talent to assert himself as a premier player at the position, and it’s shameful Washington’s offense and QB play is still preventing him from doing so.
However, it becomes even more disconcerting when you realize that the team is 3-1 this year when he reaches 100 or more receiving yards. If McLaurin balls out, Washington tends to win, so please GET HIM THE BALL.