The Washington Redskins return to FedEx Field on Sunday to take on an opponent that hasn’t defeated them at home since 1935 — the Detroit Lions. Before the regular season began, most fans probably looked at this game and shoved it into the win column almost immediately. However, after seeing the way the Redskins have performed during these last two games, I don’t look at this one now any feeling of a “given.” In 2009, these same Detroit Lions ended their season with a dismal 2-14 record. Their only two victories that year were against the Cleveland Browns, and, you guessed it, the Washington Redskins. Some sports analysts don’t look at this game as a ‘must win.’ Well, I do, and for a few reasons.
The Redskins are 21-2 all-time at home against the Lions, with their last home loss coming on October 13, 1935 at Fenway Park as the Boston Redskins. If the Redskins lose on Sunday, then it will break a 78-year old home winning streak that they currently have against Detroit.
The last thing this Redskins team needs right now is to allow that. Those aren’t the kind of streaks that need to be broken, especially now. Another sad fact is that in just these last two games, the Redskins’ defense has allowed almost as many yards as the 1967 Atlanta Falcons. In other words, you have to go back 46 years before you can find another team who has given up this much offense to its opponents in just the first two games of a season. These aren’t the kind of records you should be at risk of breaking.
Speaking of breaking, a loss on Sunday by the Redskins will do just that to the hearts of the fans and to an already battered morale. This team needs a win, and it needs one now. That has to begin on Sunday. The offense needs to sustain drives and do a better job on third down conversions. The defense needs to vastly improve its pass coverage so that Quarterbacks like Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers don’t tie or possibly break franchise records.
I’m hoping that by the end of this weekend, the Redskins will have a reason to feel encouraged. What I’ve seen so far by this team in 2013 has been anything but encouraging. Get it together guys! You don’t want to be staring 0-3 in the face. It’s time to turn this situation around. We shall see.