One of the Redskins’ greatest strengths in recent years is playing very well against the NFC’s best teams during losing seasons. This is not a particularly useful trait, to be honest, but it’s hard to ignore. The Redskins went 3-0 against the NFC finalists in 2008, should have beaten the eventual Super Bowl champion Saints in 2009, and did in fact beat both the eventual Super Bowl champion Packers and the NFC runner-up Bears in 2010.
Which made Dan Snyder happy, if you remember his pre-Super Bowl interview.
“One of the things I’m real proud of is we were competitive as can be this year,” he told ESPN 980 before last year’s championship game. “I’m rooting for the Green Bay Bay Packers so I can say we beat the Super Bowl champs.”
And so here we are in 2012, and wouldn’t you know it, the Giants — a team Washington beat twice — are in the NFC title game. Which led to the above tweets from Brian Orakpo.
Want someone to debunk the idea of taking solace in such wins? Here’s Gary Fitzgerald, writing on Redskins.com:
The point is this: even though the Redskins have played well against top-tier teams in recent years, it has not translated to success the following season.
Every year is a new season. And every team starts fresh.
Simply put, the Redskins’ two victories over the Giants will not be relevant come next September....
The Redskins should not look to the past for optimism. They should only look to the future.
True, true. Still, the Redskins are 7-2 against NFC finalists over the past four seasons. Which is weird.