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Understanding the reality of where his Washington Redskins are after eight weeks, coach Mike Shanahan on Monday busted out the phrase that players agreed best describes the upcoming game against the Carolina Panthers: "I think everybody knows that it's a must-win game," he said.
When a team plays like the Washington Redskins did Sunday at the Pittsburgh Steelers, the result is predictable.
Robert Griffin III stood in the pocket in the rain and scrambled on the wet grass at Heinz Field looking for targets. Fred Davis, his most popular one this season, wasn't there.
When you've lost for as long as the Washington Redskins have lost, a kind of Battered Fan Syndrome sets in. A break will go against the team early in the game, and a here-we-go-again mentality will take over. But the Redskins weren't cursed Sunday, not in the least.
Coach Mike Shanahan likes to preach to his players that injuries shouldn't carry with them any drop-off to the next guy in line. As Chris Wilson and Rob Jackson battled this week for Brian Orakpo's starting spot, both assured there would be no noticeable decline.
Five questions to keep in mind when Washington hosts Cincinnati in the home opener.
It wasn't bad enough that the Washington Redskins gave up 810 yards over their first two games. It wasn't bad enough that they surrendered more than 30 points for the sixth time in their past seven games dating to last season.
Brian Orakpo was growing into a leader on the Washington Redskins' defense, but now the team will have to go through the final 14 games without him.
The Washington Redskins are already hurting on defense after allowing 63 points in the first two weeks. But the pain doesn't end there.