Rex Grossman is playing with house money. The Redskins will probably draft a franchise quarterback in the offseason, meaning his days as Washington's starter are numbered.
In that regard, he has nothing to lose and, knowing Rex, it's safe to bet that he will spend his last days as a starter firing away at will, always looking for the big play and consistently throwing caution to the wind.
Against New England that approach paid off. Grossman threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns, and his only interception, a ball that went off Santana Moss' fingertips on the game's last meaningful play, was not his fault.
With Grossman under center, the Redskins offense scored the same number of points, 27, as New England's offense.
However, Grossman once again put his team in a hole when he fumbled the ball in Washington's end zone early in the first quarter, and the Patriots' Vince Wilfork recovered it for a touchdown. That score would end up being the difference in the game.
So much of football, and so much of life for that matter, comes down to risk/reward propositions. Grossman's willingness to take risks, to hold the ball as long as possible and look downfield on almost every play, resulted in a lot of rewarding plays for his team on Sunday.
But on that particular play in the first quarter. his risk-averse style led to a turnover and a seven-point deficit to which the Redskins would eventually succumb.