FEDEX FIELD -- The Redskins' Monday Night Football clash with the Chicago Bears went just as many primetime games in recent memory have gone for the Burgundy and Gold: a disappointing performance resulting in another 'L.'
As a whole, the Redskins have turned in three poor performances to begin the 2019 season. Their record shows it. But just as losing has been a constant through the first three weeks of the season, there's been something else just as consistent: the spectacular play from Terry McLaurin.
The rookie wide receiver has unquestionably been the best player for the winless Redskins this season. He finished Monday's loss with six receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown, one that was an incredible leaping grab over Bears' cornerback Buster Skrine.
Thus far in 2019, McLaurin has 16 receptions, 257 yards, and three touchdowns, all team highs. On Monday, he became the first receiver in NFL history to have five or more catches and a touchdown in each of his first three NFL games. In just three weeks, No. 17 has already accomplished more in a Redskins uniform than 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson did in three years with the team.
There are no if's, and's, or but's about it: the Redskins have a true No. 1 wide receiver. It's him.
While his individual production has been stellar, McLaurin doesn't care.
"I'm a win-loss kind of guy. When I've scored, we lost," he said. "At the end of the day, I want to win. We all want to win. In the box score, it doesn't say 'Terry has a great game.' It says, 'the Redskins lost.' I feel like that. The team feels like that."
Hailing from a storied program like Ohio State, the rookie isn't used to losing. Last week, he told reporters that the Week 2 loss to Dallas was the first time he had ever lost two games in a row, ever.
When things go south quickly, as they've done for the Redskins thus far this season, it's easy to point fingers at others. But showing maturity unprecedented in a rookie, McLaurin was in no rush to blame anyone in specific for the team's early-season struggles.
"Me personally, I don't point the finger. I've never been raised that way," McLaurin said. "I come from cultures where we've had ups and adversity hits, but it's how you come back from it. I'm not putting the blame on anybody, I'm not jumping ship on anybody. I'm looking at myself in the mirror tonight, thinking what I can do better to come back stronger for Wednesday. I think we're all going to take that approach and come back and try and get a win in the division next week."
Through two weeks, the Redskins offense did an excellent job of not turning the ball over. Monday was the opposite. The offense turned the ball over five times -- highlighted by three Case Keenum interceptions -- a formula that will not win many games in the NFL.
While the rookie wouldn't single anyone out, he did stress that the team simply must protect the football better.
"It's tough when you turn the ball over at all, especially that many times," he said. "You can't win an NFL game turning over the ball. It just stings because it feels like we've lost in three different ways. Like I said, we just have to continue to look ourselves in the mirror. Everybody has a hand in that. It's not just one person.
"That's the big thing about the NFL, especially me being a rookie that I'm noticing. Little mistakes can bite you," McLaurin continued. "Every team in the league is good. Everybody sees that we're playing with tempo, our defense is flying around, we're moving the ball great, we're a tough team to handle. But when we have self-inflicted things -- turnovers, penalties, whatever they may be -- it's tough to keep our momentum going."
It's a short week for the Redskins, as they travel to face the New York Giants and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones on Sunday. To have any hope of salvaging the season, Sunday's game is an absolute must-win.
McLaurin and his teammates know that, and they're sticking together and ready to turn this ship around.
"It's easy for me," McLaurin said on sticking together. "I feel like it's easy for everybody if you're really in this for a team. You got to look yourself in the mirror. I've never felt like a loss is on one person, on one side of the ball. It's a collective thing. You win as a team, you lose as a team. That's something I learned when I started playing this game. So as a rookie, as a young guy, I may not be in a leadership role. But I'm going to continue to try and produce how I can produce, lift up my teammates, and try to help this ship go in the right way."
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