With an 8-7-1 record, the Washington Redskins have finished with their second straight winning record, a feat the franchise has not accomplished since the 1997-98 season.
Last year the Redskins won the NFC East with a 9-7 record.
Ironically enough the team's records in 1996 and 1997: 9-7 followed by 8-7-1.
Washington ended their season with a 19-10 loss to the New York Giants in basically a win-and-in scenario. The team will be missing the playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons and seven of the last nine.
The last time the team made the playoffs in back-to-back years goes even farther back to the 1992-93 season.
It may not have been the way Washington and their fans wanted to end the season but with the positive trend the franchise has taken compared to the team's past twenty years, the future is bright with this team. After all, they are in select company with New England, Pittsburgh, Houston, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, and Green Bay as the only teams that passed the .500 mark in the past two seasons. All of which are in the playoffs, except for Denver.
Hopefully for the team, history does not continue to repeat itself as finished 6-10 in 1998-99.