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When winning isn't enough - Week 3

By Evan Bliss

A new week, a new test.

Week 1: Dallas had the NFL’s 2nd ranked offense in 2009.

Week 2: Houston had the 4th ranked offense in 2009.

Week 3: St. Louis boasts one of the best managers in baseball, and a classic scene in National Lampoons Vacation. “Excuse me, holmes?” To be fair though, there were a lot of great scenes in that movie, and St. Louis’ tribute to McDonalds, although left half-finished and incomplete due to lack of funding, is a vision of architectural audacity.

I’m not disrespecting St. Louis, after all it was the gateway to the west before the airplane, but they aren’t a good football team. They have a great running back in Steven Jackson, a good defensive end in Chris Long, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis is the son of a former NWA Road Warrior, a terrific speller in free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, and a potential superstar in quarterback Sam Bradford. Unfortunately, a couple of good players aren’t going to win you many games, especially when the rest are the walking wounded: potentially 11 Rams out for Sunday’s game.

The Rams lost to the Cardinals, whose phoenix may have burned out after Kurt Warner retired. Then they lost to the Raiders, the only 'dis'organization that acts like its mascot. Obviously the Redskins have played the tougher teams and produced better results.

It’s not just beating the Rams. The Skins did that last year, sort of. Three field goals were enough to win the 9-7 Score-Fest ’09, arguably the most boring and uninspiring game ever. The Fed-Ex faithful decided they had had enough and “booed” after the win. That was a first, and hopefully a last.

Maybe it’s the political nature of our nation’s capital that keeps every game close. It hurts people’s feelings when you run up points and pad your fantasy stats. When people’s feelings get hurt, important Pro-Bowl votes are lost. When Pro-Bowl votes are lost, no one gets to go to Hawaii, or Miami depending on the nation’s current economic climate. But to really earn the people’s respect sometimes you just have to dig your spikes into their backs. Tough love, like the Caesars.

Outspoken cornerback/Interim Defensive Coordinator DeAngelo Hall couldn’t have launched his gauntlet on the top wide outs at a better time. The Rams top receivers are Mark Clayton and Danny Amendola, perhaps the worst receiver tandem in the NFL, not to mention three of four tight ends are nursing injuries, as is star running back Steven Jackson. If a rookie quarterback surrounded by injured role-players can move the ball against the Skins defense there are much deeper problems that we’re not seeing. On the offensive side of the ball it’d be nice to see the run game get going. But if McNabb’s throwing for over 400 yards and we’re scoring red zone touchdowns I couldn't care less how the points show up on the scoreboard, as long as Jéfe says we have a plethora of points at the end of the 4th. Winning isn’t enough this Sunday, sending a message is.

By Box Seats blogger  | September 24, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  | Tags:  Evan Bliss, Redskins  
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