Washington Redskins 2011: Probably No Playoffs This Year, but Reasons for Hope

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Washington Redskins 2011: Probably No Playoffs This Year, but Reasons for Hope
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The Redskins Monday Night loss was frustrating, disheartening and maddening. It seems that every year the team sets up its fans for unrealistic expectations, only to crash and burn spectacularly before drifting through the remainder of the season in a sort of daze.

Was last night already the beginning of the end for the 'Skins? Certainly doubtful given that the Redskins head to St.Louis to face the winless and beleaguered Rams.

Still, even if the Redskins win next week, they will probably not make the playoffs. Disagree with me, tell me that I am an idiot, not fit to draw breath, etc., fine. The team has been resurgent in the first few weeks, but they simply lack NFL playoff talent.

Don't take this as simple Redskins bashing, though. This team is a far cry from the dysfunction and ineptitude that has plagued the organization since 1999. There are reasons for hope, not for this year, but for the 2012 season. 

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