There is always next season. Another disappointing season to turn the page on. Few things went right in this past year. A pair of four-game losing streaks with a four-game winning streak sandwiched in between was a tease. After that gutsy win beating the Raiders in Las Vegas on December 5th propelled the the Washington Football Team into a playoff spot, the elation turned into frustration after these recent four consecutive losses sealed the fate that the WFT was officially knocked out of the postseason.
Now all of the attention is off the field on the new name for the team. That name is embroiled in debate as the name “COMMANDERS” has surfaced as the name most think it will be. The final name will be revealed along with logos on 2/2/22. Add to all of that the circus that surrounds this team with the dysfunction that has shadowed team owner Dan Snyder from the start. The end result is the team is losing fans, and that has been a trend for a long time. Many abandoned football altogether, and others have left over the years for one reason or another, or many reasons put together.
Losing does not help in keeping a fan base. The team seemed to turn over so much of the old regime, except for the top of ownership. Whether you want to believe Tanya Snyder, the wife of Dan Snyder is running things or not, all fingers, fairly or unfairly, point right back to Dan. Over a dozen years ago at ExtremeSkins, he had an approval rating of 85 percent. Who knows what that would be today. In DC, people love to hate their owners, bosses, and elected officials.
On a positive note, the team did extend the contract of offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. This seems to be a positive move in what hopefully will be the start of tying up some key pieces for the future that must include Terry McLaurin.
There is a final game this season today for the WFT. It matches up two of the worst teams in the NFC. Washington (6-10) playing the New York Giants (4-12) at MetLife Stadium under poor weather conditions in East Rutherford, New Jersey. That is East Rutherford as opposed to West Rutherford. The area formerly known as the Meadowlands off of the NJ Turnpike’s Exit 16W if you have ever driven it.
All that matters today is playing for pride, draft position, and staying healthy. This should be the final game that this team is known officially as the Washington Football Team.
What: Washington Football Team (6-10) vs. New York Giants (4-12)
When: Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. E.T.
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Radio: The Team 980, WMAL 105.9 FM, and ESPN 630 DC (Bran Weinstein, DeAngelo Hall, Julie Donaldson)
TVAnnouncing Crew: Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst), Jen Hale (reporter) and Mike Pereira handling rules analysis.
Vegas Lines: Per the sportsbook at MGM, the WFT are betting favorites in this matchup, with the spread sitting at -7 (-110). The total (Over/Under) is 38 points for the game.