One of the strangest concepts in all of sports, is the fabled “must-win.” Does this mean that there are also “must-lose” or “relative indifference” games?
A classic must-win, is when a team has their backs to the wall, much like the Philadelphia Eagles do this week. Losing four straight after an opening weekend win, their “Dream Team” has soured into a nightmare of questions and finger-pointing.
No one in Philly wants to openly call this a must-win, but it’s becoming pretty obvious.
“You don’t come out one week and say ‘Okay, well, this game is a must-win,’” Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha told the media yesterday. ”Well, what was last week? Every game is treated like a must-win. Every game is treated equally.”
He continued: “I think every game gets more important as the year goes. So obviously this is the most important game of the season. The season is not on the line but this is the absolute most important game of the season.”
For those of you following at home, they don’t say it is a must-win, but it is, but it’s not…but it really is.
On the flip-side of this matchup are your 3-1 Washington Redskins, coming off a win and a feel-good bye week. But with an opportunity on the line to expand their lead and bury a division opponent, the Redskins are echoing the necessity for a win.
“You want to make sure that you take advantage of this opportunity,” said quarterback Rex Grossman. ”We’re off to a good start and this would definitely propel us to 2-0 at home against our division, so it’s a very important game.”
Running back Tim Hightower was a little bit more direct with Mike Jones of the Washington Post.
“They’re dangerous and so are we,” he said. “It’s a must-win game for us and a must-win game for them. I know it’s a different set of scenarios when you look at their record, but it’s a must-win game.”
What are your thoughts on Sunday’s game?
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