If Redskins lose 'bottom falls out' on season 

Ben Krimmel
October 26, 2018 - 4:04 pm
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Good football teams don't fret when facing an inferior opponent on the road. The good teams dismiss the challenges that come from a so-called "trap game." 

"It's the NFL, you have to come prepared no matter what the situation is. No matter what the record is," Adrian Peterson said, dismissing the notion the Redskins might slip-up against the Giants. "We're focused, we're locked in."

No matter the result Sunday, the Redskins will remain in first place in the NFC East, but how much does a win over the lowly Giants really mean?

"There's more at stake if you lose, then if you win," Danny Rouhier said on 106.7 The Fan Friday. "If you win, you beat a 1-6 team that's now 1-7. It means you're fine."

"If they win another game like they just did against the (Cowboys) where it took a fluky defensive touchdown," Rouhier said, "and the offense only scores 13 points, are you really going to come in here Monday morning and be like, 'This 16-13 win solidifies the fact that this offense is ready for prime time. They're ready for something big.'"

Instead Rouhier argues a marginal win just kicks the can down the road and a loss is what truly matters: Winning is what the good teams are supposed to do. 

"They don't win this game very often, if at all, over the last four or five years," Grant Paulsen said. "And that's why I think it's a little bit bigger."

"I think it's big because the bottom falls out if you lose to a bad team (Sunday)," Rouhier said.   

"I don't think anything falls out. I think we just know, definitively, this is what they are, they're going to be up and they're going to be down," Paulsen said. "We'll know that not much has changed and that this is just a middling operation." 

A defeat won't cost the Redskins everything, The New York Times' Playoff Simulator says they will still have a 52 percent chance at making the postseason with a loss Sunday, but it would be a blow to fan morale. 

"There just not quite good enough," Paulsen said. "They're not going to get over the hump, they're just good enough to tease you."

The real playoff-ready teams take care of business. Sunday in the Meadowlands, the Redskins have another opportunity to show they belong among the good NFL teams.

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