The Washington Redskins fumbled twice and lost one interception Sunday to extend their streak to 26 consecutive games with at least one turnover. That is the longest in the NFL and has to come to an end for the Redskins to have a shot at success, coach Mike Shanahan said.
“If you don’t fix it, you don’t win,” the coach said. “Again, if you turn the ball over like we did on the 11-yard line back there and you give them [seven] points, that’s the difference between winning and losing.”
The Redskins this season are minus-13 in the turnover department, tied with Philadelphia and Indianapolis for last in the NFL. Washington quarterbacks have thrown 19 interceptions and the team has lost nine fumbles. Their 28 turnovers rank next to last to Philadelphia’s 29.
With four games remaining on the schedule, the Redskins stand just three giveaways shy of last year’s total of 31 (19 interceptions, 12 fumbles). At this pace, the Redskins will finish with roughly 37 turnovers this season, as the team staggers toward its third straight losing season.
“It’s something you emphasize and players know that if you don’t succeed in that area, you’re not going to win,” Shanahan said. “But you work on it. You try to get turnovers. You try to prevent them, and that’s about all you can do.”