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Peter King Makes Up for Lost Time, Others Assess Flukiness

Posted by Matt Terl on September 29, 2008 – 4:53 pm

After two straight weeks of my passive-aggressive griping about Peter King ignoring the Redskins, two weeks of debating if it’s better to fly under the radar, the win in Dallas has changed things around juuuuuuuust slightly.

In today’s Monday Morning Quarterback column

  • The Redskins move up at least twelve places in the “Fine Fifteen,” from unranked to fourth. (“After opening night, I thought there’d be a better chance this team would be ranked 32nd than fourth by the end of September,” he cheerily notes.) Clark Judge at CBS Sports also has the Redskins fourth.
  • Jim Zorn is named favorite for Coach of the Year after a quarter of the season.
  • Jim Zorn is named Coach of the Week for this week. (Narrowly edging out Eric Mangini, I’m sure, who acknowledges in King’s “Factoid of the Week” that last night’s season premiere of Family Guy would be a bigger event in his day than his team’s win.)

That’s a lot of love from one columnist, and SI.com’s Don Banks chimes in as well, in his Snap Judgments column.

There was not a thing fluky about the Redskins’ road upset of the previously 3-0 Cowboys. Washington beat Dallas soundly, even though the final score was only 26-24. This should put a dose of smelling salts under the Cowboys’ noses, because while they generated talk of being the NFL’s best team in the season’s first three weeks, the reality is they’re not even the best team in their division. In fact, they’re not even the second-best team in the NFC East. I’ll take the Giants (3-0) and the Redskins (3-1) over them, and the Eagles are just a half-step behind.

This is a fairly sudden swerve from his assertion Friday that the Redskins were the #1 team with a winning record that was going to miss the playoffs. In fact, it’s almost the exact opposite.

Apparently, the national media expected people to consider this win a fluke, as ESPN.com Matt Moseley makes the same assurances as Banks.

Make no mistake. Sunday’s win bore no resemblance to a fluke. The Redskins didn’t steal a game from the team alleged to be the best in football. They walked in the front door and pushed around the Sultans of September in front of their home crowd.

Even locally, Ryan O’Halloran at the Washington Times has this win putting the Redskins “in the NFC East discussion.” Which is certainly true, if a bit belated.

So I can finally let that particularly obsession go, at least for this week, although the question still remains if all this attention is a good thing. London Fletcher, for one, sounds confident that the team can stay focused in the face of increased expectations

“We still have a lot of work to do,” he said today. “We’re still a long way from where we want to be and being where we need to be in order to achieve the goals that we’ve set out for ourselves. You can’t get too high or get too low. You’ve got to stay the course and not worry about what people say about you good or bad.” I’ll try, London, but for some reason I seem to be obsessed with the Fine Fifteen.

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