The Redskins have finally awoken from their bye week slumber, grabbing their first win since Oct. 2, a span of 56 days. To put it in perspective, here’s a few other ways of measuring how long it’s been for the team:
- They’ve made 26 changes to the active roster (and not all of them have involved Brandyn Thompson).
- They’ve traveled approximately 7,733 miles on road trips.
- They’ve had six other games, 22 team practices, and more than a dozen additional walk-throughs.
- They’ve celebrated two major corporate holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving), and spent almost all of Mo-vember.
It’s been a long time coming, it was a hard-fought battle, and it’s a win that everyone can share in and enjoy until Wednesday.
The Redskins proved a lot of people wrong with yesterday’s win, including every NFL prognosticator except for Mark Schlereth, and we’re here to give Stink his due credit. On a more global perspective, they also surpassed the deflated expectations of ESPN The Magazine and Phil Steele’s NFL Magazine, both of whom predicted a 3-13 inept finish for the Redskins. They’ve spent a long time searching for that fourth win, but it’s always nice to prove the doubters wrong.
Yesterday also wrapped up a dominant season series against the NFC West, against which the Redskins finished 3-1, beating Arizona, St. Louis, and Seattle. Sure, these three teams have 10 combined wins, but those are the games that the Redskins were expected to win, and they did so. It would have been nice to pull out a win against San Francisco, but there’s no shame in losing to one of the best teams in the NFC, if not the whole NFL.
No shame in beating them either, but you take what you can get.
One unexpected byproduct of this rough patch has been witnessing the emergence of several young playmakers on offense and defense. With the loss of Chris Cooley for the season, the Redskins were able to confirm what they thought they knew about tight end Fred Davis. With the loss of Santana Moss, the Redskins were able to get a look at both Niles Paul and Leonard Hankerson, who showed tremendous development during their rookie campaigns. With the loss of offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger, the Redskins were able to look at seventh-rounder Maurice Hurt, who has been more than serviceable at guard. With the loss of Tim Hightower, the Redskins were able to get a look at both Roy Helu and Evan Royster in the backfield.
Helu showed yesterday that he has the dual-threat ability to be an offensive catalyst, getting 30 touches for 162 yards and a long touchdown run. The instant success that he and his fellow rookies have had is just a testament to the scouting and player development behind April’s draft. Early, premature indicators suggest that the 2011 Redskins draft class could go down as one of the best.
In between buying holiday gifts this Cyber Monday, enjoy a few game stats from Victory Monday: Read more »
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