The Washington Redskins will head into next week’s tilt with the Dallas Cowboys at 3-2 on the season and in first place in what is a mediocre NFC East.
It stands to reason that their division would also be defined by mediocrity, because that’s what the Skins have been over the past few years. Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post did the math, and it’s absolutely stunning.
The Redskins are 1-1 in their last 2 games, 2-2 in their last 4 and 3-3 in their last 6. They're 5-5 in their last 10, 6-6 in their last 12, 7-7 in their last 14. They're 10-10 in their last 20. They're 16-16-1 in their last 33. They're 18-18-1 in their last 37.
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) October 15, 2018
He went on to note that the Redskins are also 28-28-1 over their past 57 games.
Talk about not being good enough to be relevant, but just good enough to somehow claim you are relevant.
This season has seen Washington defeat potential playoff contenders in that of the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers. It has also lost to a one-win Indianapolis Colts team.
Now that Alex Smith is calling the shots under center, the hope here is that Washington takes the next step to actual contention. After all, he posted a 69-31-1 record in his previous seven seasons as a starter.
Unfortunately, history might be working against Smith and Co. here. The Redskins are actually 550-547-20 since the 1940 season. Whew.