Pardon the mid-morning Opening Kick. As fans search for answers the day after a loss drops a team that had high hopes to 0-3, the best reason for optimism might only be to look around the competition. With so many other NFC teams struggling — New Orleans, Chicago and Seattle are 3-0, Dallas and Detroit 2-1 and everyone else 1-2 or 0-3 — there’s a lot of road left between here and the six playoff spots being determined.

Still, this fella Joe_V_ nails it …

True. The reaction across Twitter in the morning wasn’t necessarily pretty.

But, if you’ve only got one team, you stick with ’em. There were some signs on Sunday, but each loss only puts Washington further behind. Watch the Monday night game in Denver with interest tonight. The Redskins go to Oakland on Sunday, but it’s a short week for the Raiders.

And, as bad as Washington has it …

Snap counts

According to the NFL, here are the offensive and defensive snap counts from Sunday’s game:

77 –Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Chris Chester, Tyler Polumbus.

68 — Pierre Garcon

54 — Logan Paulsen, Leonard Hankerson

43 — Alfred Morris

41 — Santana Moss

34 — Roy Helu Jr.

30 — Jordan Reed

24 — Josh Morgan

19 — Darrel Young

11 — Aldrick Robinson

7 — Niles Paul


67 — Ryan Kerrigan, Perry Riley Jr., Brandon Meriweather, Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, David Amerson.

64 — Brian Orakpo

59 — London Fletcher

57 — Kedric Golston

54 — Stephen Bowen, Barry Cofield

19 — Phillip Merling

13 — Chris Nield

8 — Nick Barnett

4 — E.J. Biggers

3 — Darryl Tapp

From The Post:

Mike Jones’s five observations from Redskins vs. Lions

Boswell: RGIII is just a bit different from 2012

The Takeaway: A team that’s a long way from winning

Each Griffin highlight came with a footnote | Redskins fall to 0-3

Robinson touchdown-that-wasn’t turned elation to deflation

Defense improves, but not enough | Lions’ Johnson delivers when it counts

Scenes from FedEx Field | Fletcher: ‘We beat ourselves’ | Players aren’t giving up

D.C. Sports Bog: Redskins vs. Lions best and worst | More Bog on Redskins

What’s ahead:

● Mike Shanahan speaks with reporters Monday at 3 p.m.

● Next week’s opponent, the Oakland Raiders, plays at Denver on Monday Night Football.

The Takeaway