Playoff relevance has a way of empowering a team, its fanbase and an entire sports town. If the Redskins can achieve competitiveness in 2012, a negative national perception could be changed and the road back to relevance would be well underway.
Will Robert Griffin III be able to win games with the same level of success as he is at winning hearts and minds?
If the 2011 Washington Redskins hope to gain respectability and edge closer to legitimate contention, this week's game against the Rams is a must-win affair.
There are plenty of historical examples of teams just below the fringe one year coming back to make noise in the following year. This is how the Redskins can be one of those teams.
A look back in history why a loss to a bad team can end up saving your future. The Colts loss to the Chargers in 1997 is very similar.