2013 has been a much different year than Washington Redskins fans may have anticipated. After a tough ending to the 2012 campaign that ended with an ACL tear for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Redskins endured a hectic and headline-filled summer with plenty of talk about their quarterback and head coach Mike Shanahan.
But, through it all, Washington still expected to compete for a division title.
Griffin is back, sure, but is he the same? That’s debatable. Griffin has struggled this year and does not look much like he did during his rookie season. He has thrown off his back foot a lot more, not planting and passing. He has also kept the ball in his hands far too long at times, either when he could have thrown it away or slid instead of taking a big hit.
While Griffin has struggled, Sunday he and the Redskins have a shot to deliver a knockout punch to their divisional rival New York Giants. The playoffs are out of reach at this point, but the Giants are still clinging to some sort of mathematical hope. The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are battling it out for first place at the moment, but New York won’t bow out until math says so.
There are no moral wins in professional sports. These are, after all, professional athletes. It’s a job. It’s a profession; a profession in which millions of dollars are on the line. Wins typically guarantees jobs, and those have come few and far between in 2013. But, getting a victory over a divisional opponent is never a bad feelings.
Washington can salvage some amount of pride with a win over New York, knowing that officially because of their victory, the Giants were knocked out of the playoff race. Will that be enough to save coaching jobs in the offseason? That’s doubtful. But, it would be enough to give Griffin a bit of confidence going forward if he can have himself a solid outing and get the ‘W.’