Washington Redskins fans will have to brace themselves for another season of disappointment. The Redskins’ 34-27 Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings dropped their record to 3-6. Ironically, this is the same record Washington had last season before embarking on a seven-game winning streak that earned the franchise their first NFC East title since 1999.
Last season seems like eons ago considering the Redskins’ inconsistency in 2013. Issues on their offensive line and on their defense wasted great efforts by quarterback Robert Griffin III, running back Alfred Morris and wide receiver Pierre Garcon against Minnesota. The offensive line allowed Griffin to be sacked four times, and the defense … well, they have the reputation for not being able to stop anyone.
That reputation was confirmed by Minnesota in Week 10, as Washington surrendered a 13-point third quarter before losing to the Vikings.
While not impossible, it’s hard to imagine the 2013 Redskins winning their last seven games. They can’t even hold a double-digit lead against a one-win Vikings’ team with quarterback issues. By the way, Washington’s schedule doesn’t get any easier. They have four divisional games left with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants still on tap. In addition, they’ll have to face the San Francisco 49ers, last season’s NFC representative in the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys and Eagles have already beaten Washington this season. The Giants are currently on a two-game winning streak, and the 49ers are an NFC powerhouse. The way Washington is playing now, it’s hard to imagine them finding a win among those games.
If that doesn’t concern Redskins fans, they’ll also have to face the currently undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in December. The Chiefs are a team that doesn’t beat themselves with turnovers and silly penalties. Washington is actually even in turnover differential, but they rank ninth in the NFL in penalty yardage assessed. That’s even worse that the Oakland Raiders, a team with a reputation for incurring penalties at an alarming rate.
The Redskins aren’t talented enough to overcome these types of issues, which reaffirms my belief that a seven-game winning streak, while not impossible, seems highly unlikely.
I would love to see the Redskins repeat last season’s streak. Unfortunately, the loss to the Vikings doesn’t give me much confidence that Washington can win another game, much less seven in a row. The Redskins have passed the midseason mark and they’re not getting consistently better as a team. Unless a miracle happens, it looks like a return to NFL futility is due for the Redskins in 2013.