Not only did the Redskins go into Seattle, the toughest place to play in the NFC, as nine-point underdogs and come away with a victory Sunday, but they did it short four starters on the offensive line.
The burgundy and gold’s extraordinary list of injuries left them without starting left tackle Trent Williams (knee), guards Shawn Lauvao (stinger) and Brandon Scherff (knee), and center Spencer Long (knees).
The lone usual starter on the offensive line, Morgan Moses, has been battling two battered ankles in his own right. He was accompanied Sunday by T.J. Clemmings (LT), Arie Kouandjio (LG), Chase Roullier (C), Tyler Catalina (RG), and Tony Bergstrom (G) along the goal line.
To come away victorious, they were going to need to channel some serious heroics. This time, Creed’s Greatest Hits wasn’t going to do the trick.
Sadly, they might need an even bigger miracle than Herb Brooks.
No, what they needed was something deeper. Something, ferocious — that cuts to the core and really strikes fear in the opponent’s eye.
What they needed was… the eye of the tiger.
“All game long, the O-line, they stayed upbeat,” Cousins said after the 17-14 win. “They had the eye of the tiger all game long and just kept playing, and were resilient.”
“Just proud of the way our guys kept competing,” Cousins added. “There was never any look of defeat or frustration, or complaining, or questioning calls. They just kept playing and kept coming back for more, and today it proved effective.”
It’s abundantly clear, after that lionhearted performance, each victory now calls for a new Rocky quote.
The Redskins (4-4) host the Vikings (6-2) next week.
Time to start building some hurtin’ bombs, if ‘ya ask me.