Will the Redskins 'handle prosperity' well in New Orleans?

Chris Lingebach
October 08, 2018 - 4:08 pm
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The Redskins don't handle prosperity well.

All three NFC East rivals lost on Sunday, the Cowboys to Houston in overtime to fall to 2-3, and the Eagles (2-3) and Giants (1-4) both losing for the second consecutive week. Sitting atop the NFC East and well-rested coming off the bye, Washington (2-1) has a golden opportunity to take a commanding division lead with a win in New Orleans.

That's about the time the Redskins usually have a letdown game.

"They don't handle prosperity well," said Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan's 'Grant & Danny.' "That's what this comes down to, is you have been given a gift. You have been given an opportunity by virtue of the 1-5 record of the rest of the NFC East over the last two weeks, by the 0-3 record of the NFC East on Sunday, to seize control of the division, to have prosperity."

"The Redskins, from 2015 to '17, are 9-14 after a win. Meaning, you win – you build some momentum, something good happens, you start rolling. Ah-ah-ah! No you don't," he said. "They have a well-under-.500 record, 9-14 after a win. They, by the way, are 14-6-1 after a loss. That's to the good.

"What Jay Gruden and his staff have done really well is your back's against the wall, you're screwed, they rally and they find a way to win games that maybe they shouldn't. Think about at Seattle (2017, Week 9) when the entire world was hurt and they somehow found a way to gut one out."

"Then when prosperity strikes, they fall back down to earth," he said. "This is a golden opportunity against a great team who plays great in their building."

At the risk of sounding over-dramatic about one game, how the Redskins respond could shape the tenor of their season. Win or lose, they'll remain in first place. But a win puts them at 3-1 with a substantial two-game division lead, leaving everyone feeling a lot more confident about the 2018 Washington Redskins and their chances of winning the division for the first time since 2015.

A loss puts them at an even 2-2, leaving everyone to wonder again why the Redskins can't seem to handle prosperity well.

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