Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 7, three days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Eagles at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1 pm; Jay Gruden and Greg Manusky news conferences, open locker room after practice approx. 3 pm

Days since:

—Redskins’ last game (1/1) 249

Days until:

—Redskins @ Rams (9/17) 10
—Sunday night Raiders @ Redskins (9/24) 17
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 52

Redskins seek third straight winning season

By coming up short against the Giants in the last game of the season, the Redskins blew a chance to make the playoffs two years in a row for the first time since the 1991-1992 seasons. They need another playoff appearance to have a shot at breaking that skid.

But they do have a streak to try to keep alive this year. They have two straight seasons with a winning record. They had not done that since the 1996-1997 seasons. This year they have a chance to extend that to three winning seasons in a row for the first time since they had four straight seasons over .500 from 1989-1992.

Before going too much further here, let’s be clear that the Redskins won’t deserve a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue if they do manage to finish above .500 this year. In the big picture, it’s a very modest achievement. It’s nothing to hang a banner at FedEx Field about.

But for a team that is trying to get out of a funk where they had double-digit loss totals in five of six seasons before 2015, it’s a start. They haven’t won a playoff game in 12 years and they haven’t been to an NFC championship game since 1991. Perhaps you consider noting three straight winning seasons baby steps but it is where the franchise is right now.


Prior to 1989-1992, they had a six-season string of 10 wins or more that was interrupted by a 7-9 campaign in 1988.

The longest stretch in team history with consecutive winning records was seven straight from 1971 to 1977. That coincided with the tenure of George Allen as the team’s head coach.

While it’s not great for the Redskins to be where three straight winning seasons could be considered an accomplishment, things have been worse. They went from 1956 to 1968 without having a winning record. That 13-year skid was broken in 1969 when Vince Lombardi came to town.

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