Mood around Redskins Park is much lighter today, as you’d expect after yesterday’s win. And with that mood in the air, I was genuinely curious to read the major Monday morning NFL recaps and see if the national writers had revised their opinions, what the general tenor of their commentary was, stuff like that.
Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback is built around the theory that this was a week of dramatic games in the NFL. The Redskins came from behind in the fourth quarter to win on a dramatic long touchdown, and King was an enormous Campbell booster in the preseason, so I figured that would be a good place to start.
Not so much.
The Skins/Saints doesn’t get a mention among the five games “where the wows deserved an exclamation point,” although the disappointingly dull Patriots/Jets game does. The Skins aren’t in the “Fine Fifteen,” where Arizona (2-0 over questionable competition) and 0-2 Jacksonville bring up the end of the list.
In fact, in five pages of the article, the Redskins game receives just one paragraph.
Defensive Player of the Week
Chris Horton, S, Washington. The seventh-round pick from UCLA, playing because of an injury to Redskins starter Reed Doughty, had two interceptions and recovered a fumble, accounting for three takeaways in Washington’s narrow win over the Saints. Washington doesn’t usually get much credit for its drafts, but Horton played the biggest role of any defender in helping repel the prolific Drew Brees at FedEx Field.
It’s a favorable one, sure, and a well-deserved honor for Horton, who played a hell of a game, but … still somewhat surprising.
Or maybe not. Maybe, rather than being surprised, I should look at this as instructive: it was a big win in DC, sure — just about everyone who’s emailed me after attending agrees that it was the loudest they’ve heard FedExField get — but it’s only a first step in hedging the skepticism around the team nationally.
Along similar lines, only in-house, it’ll be interesting to hear how Coach Zorn addresses the game in his press conference around noon today, and to see how he feels after cooling off for a night — if he’s just as effusive as he was yesterday or if he’ll take a different approach. Either way, it was certainly a big win in this town.