So, this had to be the most painful loss of the whole season -- between the refs' unjustifiable overturn of Sellers' "fumble," Kareem Moore's one-in-a-million fumble after an amazing interception, Kevin Barnes being in the wrong place at the worst time on a punt (especially painful for Terps fans), Suisham missing a field goal that 99% of D-1 kickers can make in their sleep (after the Dallas fiasco), and Jason Campbell throwing a pick that will regrettably transcend an otherwise outstanding performance. Our offense outplayed the Saints', and our defense played admirably against the league's best offense.
This is a game that flashed our team's true potential, the team we've been waiting to see since last year's early surge -- Devin Thomas played like a Pro Bowl wide receiver that he one day may be, Davis and Kelly had some very nice moments, our offensive line kept Campbell upright, LaRon Landry made a few great plays (between giving up two TD's), the defensive front dominated and Jason Campbell had the best game he's ever had in Washington.
But still, we're all hurting today. Let's try to focus on the positives, and know that this can't last forever. We aren't fans of the 2008 Lions, which had to be worse than this, but we have had some impossibly difficult losses to stomach this season, including the last three weeks. It is so hard to deal.
With an unbelievably injured team playing for nothing but pride, we gave the best team in the league all they could handle. We're heading in the right direction after the beginning of this season. I'm very impressed with guys like Byron Westbrook, Quinton Ganther, Rock Cartwright, Mike Williams, Fred Smoot, Reed Doughty and Levi Jones -- most of whom we never expected to play a major role this season in any game. Let's hope we can keep those hard-working guys on the roster next year, no matter who we bring in to coach this talented team.
We have nothing to be ashamed of today, and let's keep this one in perspective. We'll get a call to go our way when we're pushing for the playoffs in the years to come -- it will come back around.
Hang tough, DC. We don't deserve this and soon we will come out of it.