The Redskins, at the moment, aren’t good enough to give their opponent extra chances.
But that’s exactly what they did Thursday night, committing three personal fouls which each extended Vikings scoring drives in a 34-27 loss.
“That’s unacceptable,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “You can’t do that. You have to keep your poise, and you make mistakes like that so often, it’ll cost you the game.
A roughing the passer call on defensive end Chris Baker was followed by personal fouls on linebacker Perry Riley Jr. and fullback Darrel Young. Each led to Vikings touchdowns, the kind of drive-extenders they can’t afford.
“This is an aggressive game, very physical game emotions can get the best of people, and then we also had penalties that were just football penalties,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “It hurts and it kills momentum and gives them second chances, so we have to do a better job of not doing that.”
At the moment, the Redskins have no momentum, sitting at 3-6. Of course, that’s exactly where they were last year before reeling off seven straight wins, and they’re only two games out of the division lead, so there’s some reason to think it’s not over.