Thursday, September 26, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Some teams struggle out of the gate
I don’t know how many of you out there decided to hitch your wagon to the star of the Washington Redskins as yours truly did, but if anyone did, let’s not unhitch just yet.
We must hang onto the memory of what the Redskins did last season. They put together seven straight wins and the East Division title in the NFC. Three losses do not a season make, but given history, they do cast a huge cloud over the remainder of the season.
In the NFL annals, almost two dozen teams had begun their seasons at 0-3 and of that number just three teams went on to recover and make the playoffs. Granted, this season could be different (let’s hope so). The Washington loss hung greatly on a ball which slipped from RGIII’s hands at the end of a play when he was trying to protect ball and body.
If misery does indeed love company, then we Redskins fans have a boat load of Giants supporters pulling on the same oars. Of course, the level of frustration seems to be different between Washington and New York. RGIII is not a Super Bowl winner, however, he is a Heisman holder and this does hang a certain amount of elitism around his shoulder pads.
Conversely, Eli Manning has been decorated twice at the NFL’s highest level and to lose his third straight, and a shutout at that, and at the hands of the lowly Carolina Panthers, could make for a most bitter pill.
Before the Giants and the Panthers clawed at each other on Sunday, Cam Newton had been the quarterback surrounded by doubt. His team, like the Giants, was 0-2. Newton had said that his entire team “was better than a 0-2.”
The QB who had enjoyed an illustrious collegiate career went and carried the Panthers to their best win in franchise history. He threw a trio of TDs and ran for another one. The win just might have taken some heat off of the seat of the Panthers’ head coach, Ron Rivera.
On the other side, head coach Tom Coughlin was hard-pressed to explain the 38-0 shutout, the worst of his career as a Giant.
As of Sunday, seven teams remained undefeated with Denver scheduled to play the once-beaten Oakland Raiders on Monday night. There were six winless teams, two in the AFC and four in the NFC.
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