The end of the decade likely marked the end of an era in Washington, and Redskins fans across the nation can only hope the next one will see far more success than its predecessor. Reports swirled Saturday that head of football operations Bruce Allen would be replaced at the end of the season, which was music to the ears of many fans. After all, in 10 years under Allen, the Redskins had 100 losses and no playoff wins.
Washington had little to play for on Sunday — besides the opportunity to assure the Dallas Cowboys would miss the playoffs for the third time in five years — as rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was sidelined with an ankle injury.
It wasn’t a pretty game, as the Cowboys pulled away in the second half and won 47-16, though they missed the playoffs after the Philadelphia Eagles took care of business against the New York Giants, 34-17.
In Haskins’ place was veteran signal-caller Case Keenum, who went 18 for 37 passing for 206 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
His counterpart, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, was nearly perfect and went 23 of 33 for 303 yards and four touchdowns as the Cowboys had their way with the Redskins, just like the Giants did in Week 16. On the day, Dallas gained 517 yards, an average of 7.2 per play, as it racked up 22 first downs.
Meanwhile, Washington managed 271 yards, 4.6 yards per play and 13 first downs. Future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 78 yards, an average of 6 yards per carry, in what could have been his final NFL game.
With Haskins, a potentially transformative player like Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, a new head coach and, in all likelihood, a new general manager, the future looks bright. Unfortunately, that’s far from the first time Redskins fans have been teased with optimism.