Our Vieew: Hope soars for Redskins fans
As we recover from the busy pace of the holidays and begin the countdown to the year’s end, there is still some holiday joy for many long-suffering Washington Redskins fans on the final week of the season.
Yes, the Washington Redskins will be hosting their arch rivals — the Dallas Cowboys — on Sunday night in a game that will determine the winner of the NFC East division of the National Football League.
While there is still much work to be done, Redskins fans go into the ultimate week of the season with something that has often been lacking over the past two decades- hope!
When Washington traded the world to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III, excitement and optimism returned to the nation’s capital. And RGIII (as he is known to sports fans around the globe) energized the fan base with early flashes of brilliance.
But despite his play and that of another sensational rookie, running back Alfred Morris, the Redskins fell to a record of 3-6 after a loss to the Carolina Panthers on November 4th. After that defeat, head coach Mike Shanahan held a poorly received press conference that left many thinking he had thrown in the towel on the 2012 season.
Since that low point, the Redskins have won six straight games and control their own destiny. It’s that simple — if they win at home this Sunday night they clinch their first division championship of the 21st century.
The game will be played in front of a raucous crowd at FedEx field and a national television audience that might bring record ratings. And that is a how a Redskins–Cowboys game on the final day of regular season ought to be.