Perhaps the most depressing stat that emerged after Washington’s loss to Atlanta at FedEx Field on Sunday was the home losing streak one.
Washington has now lost eight straight at home. It’s one of the longest home losing streaks in NFL history, according to Fox’s broadcast.
Mike Shanahan’s FedEx Field record is now 4-14, which is just mind-boggling, and suggests that the Redskins would be just as well off playing home games in an empty field somewhere in West Virginia.
Shanahan has been the team’s coach for a bit less than three seasons. By way of comparison, in the final six years of Joe Gibbs’s first tenure, the Skins lost 13 regular-season home games at RFK Stadium. Their mark there was 34-13. (One home game was skipped due to the 1987 labor conflict).
So for Shanahan to equal that mark, the Redskins would have to rip off a 30-1 streak at home.
Here, by the way, is the second most depressing stat to emerge from that game. Billy Cundiff has now missed five field goals this season, making 7 of 12 attempts. The other three NFC East teams, combined, have missed two field goals, making 26 of 28 attempts.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER…
Boz: “Instead of fretting over the unfairness of starting with two games on the road, the Nats suddenly realize that they have met every team’s goal — win one of the first two games in the other team’s park, some how, some way.”
Wise on RGIII: “No one can exhale until Griffin comes back healthy and whole, because he has already become that essential to his team’s success”
Reid on RGIII: “In a game in which the Shanahans did their best to protect Griffin, he suffered his worst injury as a pro. Now, it’s on Griffin to protect himself when he gets on the field again.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Davey Johnson, on Cardinals reliever Marc Rzepczynski , via Nats Enquirer:
“I told Tracy when he went up there ‘If he takes him out and brings in Razynski or whatever his name is, I’m hitting Moore’…“
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Nats are in St. Louis at 4:37 on TBS. The Orioles host the Yankees at 8:07 on TBS. Two MLB playoff games, both with local teams. Weird. All TV/Radio listings are here.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY
Just Bob Carpenter and Mike Rizzo, making some television magic. Via the Nexus.
BERNANKE WRITES ON THE NATS
Now Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is writing op-eds about the Nats for the Wall Street Journal: “People decry the absence of leadership in Washington these days. My response: Look no further than the home-team dugout at Nationals Park.”