The Redskins Need To Pound the Rams, Plain & Simple

I think that this Redskins team is different from years past. I think this team is headed in the right direction. What I really want to do is start believing that this team is different and start believing that this team is a playoff contender. Faith in that belief can start this Sunday if and when the Redskins do what they should do, beat one of the worst teams in the league.

I may already be a believer if not for the final 18 minutes of last Sunday’s game. Quite frankly, the way we lost that game was just more of the same old Redskins that we’ve seen the past couple years. The Redskins have far too difficult of a schedule to throw away games like that and they certain can’t afford to lose to teams they should beat. But the Redskins of the recent past do lose to teams they should beat and that’s why they need to deliver an ass-pounding to the Rams on Sunday.

Last year the Redskins were 1-1 after barely beating a 1-15 Rams team at home by a score of 9-7. Redskins fans started looking at the schedule and seeing the Lions, Bucs, Panthers and Chiefs on the schedule and predicted the Redskins would be 5-1. Well, they lost to a Lions team that hadn’t won in nearly 2 years and ended up losing 3 out of those 4 games. Season over.

2 years ago the Redskins were 4-1 and coming off huge back to back road wins vs. the Cowboys and Eagles when they faced the Rams at FedEx field. In another game that should have been a sure win, the Redskins lost and fizzled out the rest of the way. The Lions and Rams have 5 wins combined in the last 2 years, 2 of those came at the Redskins expense.

The Redskins need to get over this mental hurdle and not play to the level of their opponent. Show me, and more importantly themselves and other teams in the NFL that they are a different team. A rookie QB on a team that lost to a Bruce Gradowski led Raiders team last week. A team with 3 wins in the last 2 years, a win by less than 10 points should be unacceptable.

Of course, what a game looks like on paper doesn’t mean anything in the NFL, I realize that. In the words of the great Kenny Mayne “the games aren’t played on paper, the are played by little men inside our TV sets”.

Those little men need to kick some ass!

Cheers and Hail

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