The Washington Redskins are officially out of gas…if not players.
The Redskins sputtered along for a while against the Dallas Cowboys, even leading 13-7 before it all went badly. Dallas won 33-19 on Sunday at FedEx Field before more Cowboys fans than Redskins supporters in the cold rain because locals saw more than bad weather coming.
The offensive line started without three starters and a fourth playing on two sprained ankles. They would soon lose guard Sean Lauvao and third-string left tackle T.J. Clemmings. Tight ends Jordan Reed and Niles Paul, too. Also, safeties Stefan McClure and Montae Nicholson. The injury announcements came more often than a blue light special at Kmart. A pregame injury list of 17 before the game would gain a half dozen more.
And yet, the Redskins scrapped into the third quarter before the personnel losses were just too much. The Cowboys didn’t play well, they were simply the last men standing.
Washington’s biggest problem is there are nine games remaining. At 3-4, the Redskins are rapidly fading away to a 6-10 or so season when a healthy team might have finished with 10 wins.
There’s a lot of season left, but little hope. Having two top receivers become afterthoughts won’t help Washington win many games. Nor will a running game that barely cracks the line of scrimmage. Or special teams that aren’t very special. At least the defense somehow mounted a fair effort despite its own rolls of duct tape.
It feels like the fateful quote by Admiral Painter in “Hunt for Red October” after a plane crashed across the carrier: “This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.”
OK, maybe a little overly dramatic, but that same sense of doom persists. It may not be the Redskins fault, but they’re the ones paying for such bad luck.
Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks.