The Washington Redskins, a team that plays in the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) have been mediocre for many, many years. This squad, which actually has a proud history, has suffered through seemingly countless losing seasons in this, the twenty-first century.
Poor drafts, a hands-on owner who sometimes impacts front office strategy, frequent changes in management, both in the front office and on the gridiron and more have contributed to this team’s lack of success.
On the other hand, the New England Patriots, the team that will host the visiting Redskins this Sunday, seem to have a near-perfect franchise. A clever and supportive owner, a future Hall of Fame Head Coach named Bill Belichick, of course, and a quarterback that seems to get better as he gets older (that’s Tom Brady) have all contributed to this squad’s incredible success.
In fact, under Coach Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady the Patriots have managed to win four Super Bowls in the past ten years, the most recent victory taking place just last season.
Now, in the 2015-2016 Season, the Patriots and future Hall-of-Fame signal caller Brady sport a Won-Loss record of 7-0 and, as usual, sit atop the East Division of the American Football Conference. At age 38, Tom Brady seems to be improving. His team leads all of football in offense and points scored and the squad’s defense has been playing well, too.
The Patriots seem to be well on their way to a perfect, undefeated season and have, in recent weeks, overcome some tough competition with relative ease. This weekend’s game against the Washington Redskins probably seems like “a walk in the park” for the undefeated home team.
After all, the Redskins have won just three of seven games played so far this year and have quarterback issues but may have found their answer in Kirk Cousins, while the Patriots just cruise by every team they play, taking full advantage of the obvious skills that Tom Brady brings to every contest.
And yet, this seemingly obvious mismatch may actually pose a problem for the imposing squad from the northeast. Professional analysts would very likely label this meeting of two teams trending in opposite directions a “trap game.” That means, of course, that the superior Patriots may think that they need simply step on the field and play with modest effort to record another win. It is that kind of thinking, however, that often leads to shocking upsets.
The Redskins are by no means a great team, but their players are professionals. They are fully capable of providing the home team with a challenge on the football field. And if the Patriots leave their “A” game in the locker room, this championship squad and its demanding fan base may discover that even the best football teams can end up on the short end of the final score.
Courtesy of the Washington Post