Prolonged Down Spell Has Redskins Losing Ground In DC
FedExField for Jets-Redskins yesterday was "half-empty, and half of the fans who attended wore the green gear of the Jets," despite the Redskins offering tickets at "near-giveaway prices" for the game, according to Thomas Boswell of the WASHINGTON POST. Before kickoff, tickets "could be bought online for $10 -- almost unthinkable to get into an NFL game." Good seats were "available for not much more." The "prestige and status" of the Redskins in the DC area is now at the "absolute bottom." The Redskins have "fallen so low that they are no longer even in remote contention for top team in their own city." Boswell: "Something that was unthinkable for my entire lifetime ... has now become obvious." The Redskins have "lost Washington." The team had "dominated Washington sports conversation for so long, it's hard to believe it can veer so amazingly close to irrelevance, parody and pity -- for its remaining fans" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/18).
TOUGH LOOK: In DC, Barry Svrluga writes the Redskins are making an "almost imperceptible slog to irrelevance." Svrluga: "You're either indifferent about this 1-9 outfit, which is a scary space for the owner to find his fan base, or you're laughing at it." The franchise is "damaged, unrecognizable in any way from the product on which so many people" in the DC area "were weaned." The announced attendance for the Redskins' 34-17 loss yesterday was 56,426, but empty seats "no longer seem jarring." Svrluga: "The fraud of a generations-long waiting list is so passe" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/18). The AP's Howard Fendrich writes FedExField is a "far cry from the home-field advantage the Redskins enjoyed in the old days at RFK Stadium." Under Owner Dan Snyder and President Bruce Allen, the Redskins are "bad on the field and one flub after another off it, too" (AP, 11/18).
POLAR OPPOSITES: In DC, Thom Loverro writes the "cumulative effect of bad football" under Snyder "may be causing permanent damage" to the team. Meanwhile, 40 miles north, the Ravens are "enjoying yet another resurgence with the league's biggest star," QB Lamar Jackson, "leading the way." The team yesterday beat the Texans 41-7 before a "packed house" of 70,731 at M&T Bank Stadium (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/18).