Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 1, six days before the Redskins take on the Falcons at FedEx Field.
Is Cundiff safe?
They say that winning is a great deodorant and Billy Cundiff’s stinker of a day on Sunday probably won’t cost him his job because he made his last kick, a 41-yard field goal that provided the difference in the Redskins’ 24-22 win over the Bucs.
But as Mike Shanahan said after the game, kickers who miss three field goals, including one attempt of 31 yards that would have given the Redskins some breathing room in the fourth quarter, don’t stay employed for long.
Cundiff knows this. “We got the win, but that’s not the kind of stuff you want to put on film,” he said. “And that’s not the stuff you want your teammates to [see] knowing that in the fourth quarter they have to be able to trust you.”
Cundiff is safe for now. But “for now” is measured in days. Another shaky game in six days against the Falcons might have Cundiff on the street, regardless of whether the Redskins win or lose.
A long time between comebacks
As reported in the game notes last night, the Redskins have not scored to come from behind to win in the last minute of play since Oct. 3, 1999. I did not have time to check the 31 other NFL teams but it is pretty safe to say that almost all of them have managed a last-minute comeback win at some point in the last 13 years.
That is because most other NFL teams have had solid play at quarterback for at least some of those 13 years. The Redskins now have that. I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it many times in the future—as long as the Redskins have RG3, they will have a chance.
11:00—Open locker room
3:00—Mike Shanahan news conference
In case you missed it
This time, RG3 and the Redskins get it done.
A freak collision before the game
Days until: Falcons @ Redskins 6; Vikings @ Redskins 13; RG3’s first division game @ Giants 20; Redskins @ Steelers 27