The St Louis Rams are 0-3. They have been outscored 96-36 in those three games and have the league’s 31st ranked defense, surrendering 426.3 yards per game. They are bad in every sense of the word.
That is why this is the most important game of the season for the Washington Redskins.
Yes, it’s important because the Redskins are coming off a tough Monday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, it’s important because the Redskins would much rather be 3-1 heading into the bye week than 2-2. But those are not the reasons why it’s the most important game of the year.
It’s the most important game of the year because the Redskins need to prove to themselves and to their fan base that they can win a game they are supposed to. Not win as time expires with a field goal. Not score a go ahead touchdown late in the game. Straight up win it.
Ahead by at least two scores late in the fourth quarter, thinking about putting back-ups in the game, win it.
In 2008 Washington started 4-1, defeating New Orleans (1-0), Arizona (2-0), Dallas (3-0) and Philadelphia (2-2) in consecutive weeks before meeting the winless Rams. The Redskins won that too, obviously, to run their win streak to five.
Oh no wait … no they didn't. They lost 19-17, and then struggled to put away the winless Lions the following week.
Nine weeks later, they fell to the 1-11 Bengals, 20-13. They finished the season 8-8.
Philadelphia, who Washington swept that year, finished 9-7 and reached the NFC Championship game. Had the Redskins found a way to win those two games against the Bengals and Rams, they go the playoffs instead of the Eagles.
Look, I get it. This is the NFL and no game is easy. But this isn't a one-time thing. This is something that has plagued the Skins franchise for years. Different coaches, different players, same results.
If the Redskins are rebuilding the right way and are on the way back like many have suggested, this issue is at the forefront.
Making the game against the Rams the most important of the season.