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The Redskins and Super Bowl champs


It also prompted this e-mail from Reader Tyler:

Your post yesterday about the Redskins’ stellar record vs. NFC finalists reminded me of something I did while I was bored in my office a few months ago. I was thinking of how it seemed like the Skins had scored a lot of regular season wins over eventual Super Bowl champs in the Snyder Era, so I tallied all such victories by all teams dating back to the 2000 season. The Redskins are currently in a three-way tie for first place, with four regular season wins over the eventual champ during that span.

Really? Well, I went back and checked Tyler’s work, and he’s absolutely correct.

The 11 Super Bowl champions in that span had a total of 45 regular-season losses, but six teams are responsible for nearly half of those losses:

Dallas 4

Miami 4

Washington 4

New England 3

Pittsburgh 3

Tennessee 3

Dallas and Miami went a combined 0-3 against the Giants this season. The Redskins, of course, went 2-0. So if the Giants win two more games this season, the Redskins will be comfortably on top.

“I believe these statistics have absolutely no meaning other than to confirm that being a Redskins fan under Dan Snyder is a baffling, maddening, and ultimately heartbreaking proposition, and that all signs of hope should be dismissed and ignored,” Tyler’s note concluded. “HTTR.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.


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