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Redskins were worn down prior to post-bye surge

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The Redskins look like a different team since their bye, the bye week that coincided with Mike Shanahan’s odd “evaluate” comments.

Can it really be as simple as they were “a tired group,” as linebacker London Fletcher suggested?

The Skins were a listless 3-6 after losing at home to the Panthers, but have since taken a break and won three straight division games to get back into the playoff hunt.

“If you think about it, we didn’t get our bye week until the tenth week of the season,” Fletcher said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “We played nine games and then finally got a bye week. We had a lot of close games. That kind of wears on you a little bit. We just got a chance to get away for a little bit, refresh mentally, refocus. We understood, yeah, at that point in time we were 3-6. We looked at our situation and knew, ‘Hey, we win a couple ballgames, it could be totally different for us.’

“And that’s what we did. We really focused in. Getting that win against the Eagles was a big one. And then you think about going down to Dallas on a short week and coming away with a victory, and then setting it up to set the stage for [Monday]. It’s just a great feeling for us but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Of course, that momentum they’re enjoying now only gets them back to even after a self-perpetuating streak of bad luck.

“You start believing, like, ‘When is it going to happen? Here it goes again,’ ” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “Now I think it’s completely different. . . . . You know Robert [Griffin] is about to make a play. You know Alfred [Morris] is about to run for a big run. You know somebody is going to have a big catch. On defense, you know Rob Jackson is going to put some pressure on, somebody is going to stand up. That’s what you’ve got to have, that type of belief.”

That, and a little bit of luck, such as RG3’s fumble-turned-touchdown, can be enough to turn a season around when many thought it was done.

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13 Responses to “Redskins were worn down prior to post-bye surge”
  1. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 5, 2012 8:05 AM

    I’ve long suspected that when the bye week falls makes a big difference, and thought that teams who get it around weeks 8,9, or 10 have a big advantage vs. teams that have it too early, before they’re very much in need of the break. Still, the Redskins should have won one or two of the early season losses, then they’d really be making a playoff run. But at least they’re in contention, and for the first time in years, there’s hope AND evidence the Redskins are a team on the ascent!!

  2. sadskinsfan89 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:06 AM

    I look for them to continue that winning streak sunday against the ravens. If the skins can down the giants and ravens in back to back weeks after beating the eagles and cowboys then this team is a legit playoff team.

  3. hendawg21 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:15 AM

    I don’t get it…you’ve played 9 games and you’re tired and need a break, need to get away from it? What would these athletes do if they had a real 9 t0 5??? I mean seriously, practice study film several days of the week, then play on Sunday or Monday or Thursday and this has you worn down. I think alot of athletes need to be introduced to the real world and real jobs that don’t pay nor have the rewards of playing a professional sport…as an ex-veteran do what i had to do without a break and be worn down you’ll appreciate the game and going to work a hell of lot better…

  4. pixelito says: Dec 5, 2012 8:32 AM

    Don’t fret, they’ll get back to their losing way this weekend.

  5. defscottyb says: Dec 5, 2012 8:32 AM

    This is the first time since the early 90′s I have really been excited about the Redskins. Sure I always had “hope” they would be good and I always stuck with them regardless. But, this year I know they are good, not just hoping so. This team is playing really well lately but just imagine if they had Orakpo, Carriker, Fred Davis and Helu healthy? Scary team for sure. I see us making the playoffs this year but next year and being back to 100% the sky is the limit for this team. Hail!

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 5, 2012 8:35 AM

    I never stopped believing. I knew who the real Redskins were all along and now the rest of the league is too and must deal with it because as RGIII grows, the more unstoppable the team becomes.

  7. defscottyb says: Dec 5, 2012 8:37 AM

    Oh yeah, what about the classic 80′s style of smash-mouth football (pounding the rock) the Skins have been doing. Reminds me of the old Gibbs coached teams plus you add RG3 to the mix with all the play-actions, fakes and triple-options… makes for a nightmare for the other teams. Just ask the Giants, we just beat the Super-Bowl champs and came within a blown coverage away from sweeping them… again. Look out NFC East!

  8. phillyrick22 says: Dec 5, 2012 8:48 AM

    I rep philly everyday win lose or tie, but im pulling for these skins right now. They are fun to watch, I hope they make it to the playoffs!

  9. skins23 says: Dec 5, 2012 9:17 AM

    LOL “a little bit of luck”??? Cause we scored a TD on a play that was barely a fumble instead of having 1st and 10 from the 15? What about Morris’ fumble inside the 10 that was barely inbounds? What about the laundry list of injuries we had this year? What about Mara imposing the cap penalty? What about Tanard Jacksons suspension on roster day? What about RG3′s concussion keeping us from possibly beating Atlanta? Morgan’s stupid penalty vs. the Rams and the disaster the refs caused in the Bengals and Rams games? The terrible calls vs. the Giants and our backup safety costing us the game?

    I don’t want to hear about once instance of semi-good luck. The Skins have been slogging through MORE than their fair share of bad luck for this year and longer.

  10. abninf says: Dec 5, 2012 9:44 AM

    Makes you wonder how Tom Landry and Dallas had 20 straight winning seasons before the bye week existed. Probably practiced in pads every day as well. They don’t make em like they used to.

  11. anthonyjnovelli says: Dec 5, 2012 12:58 PM

    RG3
    Learn how to run an NFL offense, not a option offense. I dont understand defenses, play a zone and crash the edges no sucess. Redskins are a 6-6 team with a recent winning streak, nothing special.

  12. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 5, 2012 1:14 PM

    Skins=garba`ge

  13. theblowtorchreview says: Dec 5, 2012 5:27 PM

    If they are the Redskins of old (post Dan Snyder), they will beat the Ravens and lose to the Browns and Eagles.

    But maybe RG3 has changed the losing mentality this team has had for the last 10 years?

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