Call us crazy, but we’ve never felt better about a 6th-straight loss than we did about yesterday’s game. Sure, losing by 3 points in a game we should have won is kind of more painful than getting blown out by 20 points. Sure, the last time the Redskins dropped 6 in a row was in 1998, the year before Snyder purchased the team. And sure, this is our worst slide in 13 years—an era when Darrel Green and B. Mitch were still playing. But the point is that the Redskins played well enough on offense to win… even though we didn’t. Highlights? Well, the fact that we have some this week is kind of a moral victory.
- Grossman started his second straight game, for which we should all be thankful. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 289 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. His QB rating? 95.2—up from 58.7 the week before.
- London Fletcher once again led the defense with 16 combines tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 sack for 12 yards, and 1 forced fumble.
- Brandon Banks, our favorite diminutive dynamo, reappeared after being a non-factor for much of the year to amass 190 total return yards, including a career-long 55-yard punt return. Banks gave Washington consistently good field position, helping a struggling offense to 24 points.
- Speaking of 24 points, that’s more than the Skins scored in the previous 3 games combined (20).
That’s not to say Washington played entirely well. Graham Gano missed 2 field goals to bring his total to a whopping 19 during the past two seasons—unacceptable in a game won 3 points. Also, instead of letting Romo call a timeout that Dallas didn’t have and take a penalty to push them out of FG-range in OT, Shanhan called timeout to “ice” the kicker. Of course, the kick was good. Game over.
DeAngelo Hall took the loss the hardest. “I’m the reason we lost the game,” he said about giving up a deep pass to Dez Bryant in OT that put Dallas within scoring range. “Second time in a row against Dallas.” Hall went so far as to say, “The way I’m playing, they need to go and cut me because I’m definitely not worth what I’m getting.” This week we saw that the team will keep fighting, even if fans are counting down the days until next year’s draft. Only 156 days to go!
Not surprisingly, a lot of people have a lot to say about the game. A few tidbits:
“Every time I see a catch by the opposing team, the same guy is in the frame. #justsayin”— Phillip Daniels tweeting about a former teammate. He’s talking about you, DeAngelo. Because you’re bad.
“Worst Fan: A tie between every Cowboys fan wearing a Yankees hat to FedEx Field, and every Cowboys fan wearing a Lakers hat to FedEx Field.”—Dan Steinberg, D.C. Sports Bog The Washington Post
“If your hunt for silver lining forces you to look ahead and imagine Matt Barkley or Landry Jones in burgundy and gold, be my guest. But if I were a Redskins fan, I’d be proud of my team for not playing that way. I’d be happy that they gave me a game today I thought they could win — a gritty effort against a bitter rival that went right down to the end… And even better, if you went into this game thinking they had no chance to win another game this season, there’s no way you came out of it with the same feeling.”—Dan Graziano, NFC East Blog ESPN