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Not this week

Oct 9, 2008, 5:00 AM EDT

Looking over the next three weeks, when the Washington Redskins are in contests that are supposed to be no contest, I get the feeling that the Redskins will struggle at some point. They will have a bad game, they will stumble, the may—gasp—lose.

But not this week. Not against this St. Louis Rams team.

The Rams could be historically bad. They are 0-4 this year after going 3-13 in 2007. In one stretch from November 11 through December 2 last year, they won three of four games. Other than that one warm streak, they haven’t won a game since December of 2006.

This isn’t one of those high-scoring teams that can’t stop anyone, nor are they a stout defense that is the equivalent of the pitcher who can’t get any run support. No, this team is bad all across the board.

The Rams aren’t in the top half of the NFL in any offensive or defensive category. None of their four opponents has scored fewer than 31 points against them. Their peak output has been 14 points. The average score of a Rams game this year has been Opponent 37, St. Louis 10.

Such spectacularly incompetent play got coach Scott Linehan fired. Interim coach Jim Haslet, along with offensive coordinator Al Saunders, are left to try to make some chicken salad out of all of this.

And so on. I’m sure I don’t have to go into much more detail about bad the Rams have been. Nor to I have to tell the audience here about how well the Redskins have been playing.

As I said, a trap game may be coming, but it won’t be here. The Redskins will control the proceedings throughout. Look for it to be a typical 2008 Rams game.

Redskins 38, Rams 10

  1. Skudge - Oct 9, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    That’s why this game scares me.

    The ‘Skins might be ready to come down after two hard battles.

    The Rams might be ready to play their hearts out, to validate Linehan’s ouster.

    Haslett really wants a win, and will likely throw whatever sink he has in the kitchen.

    Should it be enough? No. But I do think there’s a small chance that the Redskins come in really flat, the Rams come in really fired up, and lady luck kisses the wrong team.

  2. Skudge - Oct 9, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Not to mention Al Saunders, who would dearly love to steal a win from the Redskins, and might have a sliver of inside insight on what they’re doing, especially in the ground game.

  3. Mark "Om" Steven - Oct 9, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Of course, Greg Blache spent the last two years defending Al’s offense every day in practice, so perhaps the extra insight factor is a wash.

    Hard to imagine the Skins losing this one on the merits. If they do, it will be because they come in emotionally spent from the past month and don’t get ramped up in time.

    It took them a quarter last week. If it takes them a half, or even more, and the Rams get hot and/or catch a couple breaks … hey, stranger things have happened.

    But I’m with Rich on this one. Skins in another kneel-downer.

  4. Rich Tandler - Oct 9, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Sure the Rams have a small chance. On any given Sunday. . .

    I have to agree with Om. Not only does Blache know how Saunders thinks but Bugel and Hixon spent many, many hours in meeting rooms with him. I’d say this about cancels out.

  5. wtfree3 - Oct 9, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Do we already forget the return of the abysmal Norv Turner and his 1-year stint with the Oakland Raiders to DC? In fact, the Skins started fast in that game and then spit the bit. The Raiders (who were truly bad in that game and that season) made just enough plays to win it as the Skins went into a shell.

    This one has the potential to be like that one if the team isn’t careful.

  6. Gregory - Oct 10, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    I think the team will be careful, and I think that we totally outclass them ‘in games we have played’.

    Linehan ousted his best four players from the start of his takeover of the team: this created a dissarray of sorts, because they (the players)were all leaders in the locker room.

    Haslett has remedied this (from a sportswriter in LA). This will be a different Rams team than has played in the past five weeks, just due to motivation and a relief from a coach that couldn’t see how to manage a team from the standpoint of leadership.

    We shall see who comes to play.

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