The Redskins are eliminated from playoff contention and ensured of yet another losing season. They still have something to play for, says receiver Santana Moss.
“We still out here fighting,” Moss said. “We still out here trying to do what we do — not trying to just pack it up and say it’s all over.”
And they could still impact the playoff race. The Giants and Cowboys are both 7-6 in the NFC East. The Giants have won the lone meeting between the two teams, and they’ll close the season facing each other at New York. A Redskins win this Sunday could certainly damper New York’s hopes, especially considering the Cowboys play at Tampa Bay.
“I’m not a guy to worry about trying to ruin it. But I would love to ruin it,” Moss said. “I’m not going to the game wanting to spoil it for them. I’m going out to the game saying, ‘I want to win regardless, whether they have something to fight for or not.’ But when you’re left where that’s all you can do, why not do it?”
Moss returned to the Washington lineup three weeks ago and posted his third touchdown of the year and a season-high 81 receiving yards last Sunday against New England — 49 of which came on a single pass play. He says he’s seen a lot of growth from the Redskins’ offense in recent weeks and it “gives you hope knowing that we’re doing some of the things and we’re right there.
“Probably a play here or there could make a difference,” he said.
Instead, the Redskins have dropped two straight and eight of the last nine. Still, Moss figures the team can continue to grow and that will carry over into next season.
“We just got to go out there and do what we do to keep what we’re doing for the last four weeks — you know, something that we can really hang our hats on when the season’s over with,” he said.
Moss was outspoken about the officiating following the team’s loss to the Patriots. He was called for pass interference on a crucial play in the closing minutes of the game. Moss disagreed with the call, though Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan later said he agreed with the officials.
Moss said after reviewing the play on film, he still thought it was a bad call.
“It’s over with, though,” he said. “What happened Sunday happened Sunday. I’m a firm believer in leaving everything behind me that I can’t control, and I can’t control that. Now it’s about the Giants.”