So did anyone see MNF? The Redskins (who are next on our schedule) played some smash mouth football. When you look at the first half of our 2011 schedule this is the game we all penciled in as a win, but take out your erasers boys and girls because this is not going to be a ‘gimmee’ game. So far this year the Redskins have earned an early season record of 2-1 and their power ranking going into Week 4 is right in the middle of the pack at 16th (we are near the very bottom at 31st).
Here’s the deal though… we can win this game. In 2011 the Redskins have 1,085 total yards of offense, their number 1 running back (Timothy Hightower) has nearly 300 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDs, their number 1 receiver (Fred Davis) has over 200 yards receiving and a TD, and their turnover ratio is 5/5. My first thought is that a side to side comparison would find the Rams to be excessively lacking, but it’s really not the case. The Rams have 946 total offensive yards, our current number 1 running back (Cadillac Williams) has over 250 all purpose yards (0 TDs), our number 1 receiver (Brandon Gibson) has over 150 receiving yards and a TD, and our turnover ratio is 5/3. What’s missing? What’s missing is a couple of TDs, a couple extra turnovers, and a couple of losses.
We have the talent to win (except maybe in our receiving core). Our number 1 running back referenced above is not really our #1. Even still, I think most importantly we are missing the right mind set. We need a mindset like the Indy Colts. Yes, they are 0-3 just like us, but when they played the Steelers they played with all their hearts and souls. They wanted the whole world to know they still have their pride and they are not a 1 man show. They lost the game, but it was a battle. That type of loss we can all handle. A lot of our stats are not that different from the Redskins. Preparing for next week Spagnuolo has got to be tougher and smarter than Shanahan. The Rams with or without our offensive team captain Steven Jackson have got to come out with some pride. This has to happen on both sides of the scrimmage line. We have got to get ‘the eye of the tiger’ back. Go Rams!