Recounting the Redskins' last 12 MNF games, most of them losses
Nov. 3, 2008 — 23-6 loss vs. Pittsburgh
Eight years ago, this was the loss that initiated a nasty tailspin for Jim Zorn's group, as they entered 6-2 but finished the season 8-8. It will also be remembered as the evening in which the Redskins' stadium was overtaken by Terrible Towels.
Oct. 26, 2009 — 27-17 loss vs. Philadelphia
Remember when the Redskins hired a BINGO caller and tasked him with running their offense? That was a FAIL-O. Sherm Lewis' first appearance as playcaller was this divisional showdown, in which DeSean Jackson scored on a 67-yard run and a 57-yard reception, and Jason Campbell was dropped for six sacks. There was plenty of free space available for Philadelphia, and not so much available for Washington.
Dec. 21, 2009 — 45-12 loss vs. New York
This disaster featured Jim Zorn's infamous Swinging Gate, which is all the evidence ever needed when someone suggests letting a punter do anything other than punt. It was also Bruce Allen's first glimpse at his new franchise, as he was hired just days before kickoff. Luckily, he was kind enough not to quit after this blowout, which was the final nail in the coffin for Zorn as a head coach.
Nov. 15, 2010 — 59-28 loss vs. Philadelphia
Arguably the most embarrassing chapter of the Redskins' 21st century history, this 31-point shellacking was actually not even that close. Michael Vick accounted for six total scores, LaRon Landry was beaten by Jackson for an 88-yard house call on the first play from scrimmage and Philly was up by 35 a few seconds into the second quarter. Unfortunately for the 'Skins, this wasn't a Madden game, and they couldn't hit reset or pull the power cord during this beatdown.
Sep. 26, 2011 — 18-16 loss at Dallas
Losing by two points — after losing by 33 and 31 in the previous times out on Monday Night — was a borderline victory for Rex Grossman's Redskins (isn't it amazing that that phrase can be written?). Dallas' Dan Bailey booted six field goals in this showdown, and aside from a Tim Hightower touchdown, Grossman's group couldn't really get things going. Instead of jumping out to a 3-0 start on the season, the Burgundy and Gold had to settle for 2-1.
Dec. 3, 2012 — 17-16 win vs. New York
And here is yet another los — wait, no, nevermind, this is a win. An actual win. The Redskins scored more points than an opponent in a matchup that took place on the first day of the work week. Really. This was one of seven victories during that magical run behind Robert Griffin III in 2012, and it also taught kids in the D.C. area that anything is possible if you keep working at it. Cherish this slide, though, because another batch of L's is on its way.
Sep. 9, 2013 — 33-27 loss vs. Philadelphia
What was supposed to be the return of an injured RG3 turned into a showcase for Chip Kelly's fast-paced, no huddle offense. The six-point margin, again, covers up what was once a 26-point rout until the Redskins broke into the end zone a few times late in the fourth quarter. Next time the Eagles are scheduled to play at FedEx Field on a Monday, everyone from the home side needs to just refuse to show up.
Nov. 25, 2013 — 27-6 loss vs. San Francisco
Another deflating defeat for Griffin and Co. What doomed them this time was the inability to move the ball at all (190 total yards) and the inability to stop what was a slumping Colin Kaepernick (three passing touchdowns). After the game, Mike Shanahan said that his team was completely dominated — and, for once, no one could disagree with him.
Oct. 6, 2014 — 27-17 loss vs. Seattle
A dual-threat quarterback from the NFC West gave the Redskins headaches here, too, as Russell Wilson ran for more than 120 yards, passed for more than 200 and in total was responsible for three six-pointers. This was Kirk Cousins' first taste of the big stage, meanwhile, and he and DeSean Jackson showed great chemistry with one another. The issue was that nearly everyone else didn't.
Oct. 27, 2014 — 20-17 win at Dallas
In the NFL, there is rarely such thing as an upset, but this 20-17 thriller was an upset through and through. With Colt McCoy under center, a 2-5 Washington squad halted a 6-2 Dallas bunch's six-game winning streak in overtime thanks to spectacular efforts from McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Bashaud Breeland and — take a seat for this name — Brandon Meriweather. 2014 wasn't a banner debut for Jay Gruden, but this W was a pleasant surprise.
Dec. 7, 2015 — 19-16 loss vs. Dallas
Here's a loss that's going to sting for a long time. With the tables turned in an intriguing way — this time, it was the Cowboys who traveled to their rival's house with a worse record and a backup passer leading the way — Dallas was able to shock Washington, but only after Jackson shocked his team by fumbling on a regretful punt return. He temporarily redeemed himself by hauling in a clutch touchdown, but Dan Bailey finished the Burgundy and Gold off in overtime. When the Redskins and Steelers go at it this September, it'll be a chance for the NFC East champs to get this result out of their heads.
Sep. 13, 2016 — 38-16 loss vs. Pittsburgh
This list is bookended by losses to the Steelers, as the Redskins' expected climb to contention was put on hold by this drubbing at the hands of Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and DeAngelo Williams all had their way against Washington's defense, and Kirk Cousins looked a bit skiddish on the offensive side of things. There were missed chances, sure, but overall, it was clear that the visitors were far better than the hosts, and the hosts have some work to do if they truly want to take that next step. The 'Skins will next appear on MNF in December versus the Panthers.