11.21.2011 / Blog Posts Redskins
By Brian Tinsman
Losing in the NFL is hard. Losing at home is worse. But the sour taste of losing to Dallas doesn’t go away until you beat the Cowboys next time.
The Redskins played 70 minutes of hard-fought football yesterday, and the silver lining of the loss is in the personnel. These aren’t the same Redskins that went 3-1 in the preseason, or 3-1 in the first four weeks of the season.
They are literally different people.
Starting left guard Tyler Polumbus wasn’t with the team a month ago. Neither was running back Tashard Choice, receiver David Anderson, or defensive end Kentwan Balmer. Defensive lineman Darrion Scott was cut and re-signed in the last two weeks, as was fourth quarter hero Donte Stallworth.
Stallworth said earlier this week that he watched most of the Redskins-Dolphins game from home, but went grocery shopping with his wife during the fourth quarter. Re-signed on Tuesday, he came alive in the fourth quarter and overtime, catching four receptions for 51 yards, including the game-tying touchdown, with 22 seconds remaining.
What a difference a week can make.
Injuries have decimated this roster, especially on the offensive side of the ball. But credit the depth of the roster and the midseason additions that have kept this team competitive. The Redskins are required to field a 53-man roster and play 11-on-11 football, so every injury becomes an opportunity for another playmaker to shine.
Yesterday, even in defeat, the Redskins displayed their ability to battle and compete, and played some of their best football since September. We’ll see if they can carry that on the road this week to Seattle.
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