Some things are bad at first glance but improve the more you look at them.
The Redskins' 2017 record isn't one of those things, though.
After allowing the Cowboys to leave FedEx Field with a victory for the fifth consecutive time on Sunday, the Redskins now stand (sit is a probably better word for it, actually, because stand sounds too positive) at 3-4 on the season. Yet that record is more disturbing the more you analyze it.
The loss was Washington's third in three tries against NFC East foes, so they're 0-3 in divisional games thus far. That stings.
Those three Ls also go down as NFC losses, too, which will really matter if the 'Skins are involved in the Wild Card race near the end of the year. Through eight weeks, the Redskins are 2-3 in conference play. That stings much more.
That's because (and some will say it's early to do this, while others will say there's no point in doing this if Jay Gruden's guys don't get healthier) the Burgundy and Gold's 2-3 NFC record is worse than the Cowboys', the Vikings', the Packers', the Lions', the Falcons', the Saints', the Panthers' and the Seahawks'. It's also worse than the Rams', but the Redskins beat them in Week 2, so if L.A. and Washington end knotted up after Week 17 that will be the tiebreaker.
Fortunately for Washington, they get to play Seattle, Minnesota and New Orleans in their next three matchups, which means they have three more chances to bank crucial NFC and head-to-head victories over franchises they're currently bunched up with.
But on top of their never-ending injuries, the Redskins now have to stress about the hole they've dug themselves with their 3-4 record. And it's a hole that is more precarious than it initially appears to be.