The Redskins didn’t have primetime games for the first time since 1982: Why this finally happened after many bad seasons | Instant News

That Washington Redskins has long been one of the marquee franchises in the NFL, but two decades of futility have finally reached a franchise that has five championships (three Super Bowls, two NFL titles). 2020 is a strange year because Redskins won’t have primetime games for the first time since 1982 (per Washington Times).

No matter how poor Washington is, Redskins always manages to get one primetime game per year. Those days are over, even though the NFL did pin the Redskins against Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving (where they are the only game played in that time slot). That is the only time the entire country will watch Redskins in 2020, showing how far the franchise has fallen over the past 20 years.

It’s no coincidence that the Redskins didn’t play on the national stage, even though it was a long time coming. There are many reasons why the Redskins were not at primetime this year and we will break down how franchises that play in Eastern NFC cannot appear in one night game.

1. Lack of star power

Before jumping down my throat here about Chase Young, the overall draft pick No. 2 unfortunately did not draw the same eyeball to the television Old Tagovailoa or other quarterbacks that go high in the first round. The Redskins did not make the wrong decision in choosing Young, which makes their defense line arguably one of the best in the league.

Not much can be sold with the Redskins outside their defense, although the team must be afraid of Young, Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Montez Sweat, Matthew Ioannidis and Ryan Kerrigan. Adrian Peterson not at the MVP level anymore and Terry McLaurin not well established enough to be a feature on primetime television broadcasts (he is still a very good receiver). New head coach Ron Rivera can’t even make Washington play tonight.

Redskins made the right coaching lease at Rivera and the right decision to make Young. They just don’t have enough to guarantee a primetime date.

2 Dwayne Haskins

Haskins was a Redskins first round pick in 2019, but he was far from the quarterback franchise material in the rookie season. He did improve during the Redskins season, but struggled for most of his rookie campaign. Haskins finished 58.6% of his passes and threw for 1,365 yards, seven goals, seven interceptions and finished 76.1.

The Redskins Pass is one of the worst in the UK The NFL, averaging 175.8 yards of play (last in the league) and 5.9 yards per pass (29th). Washington was last in points per game (16.6) and 31 meters (274.7), which spoke to Haskins’ struggles earlier in the year. Not only Haskins, but he also didn’t really make Redskins violations better.

There is no guarantee Haskins will be the initial quarterback in Washington. Will the network take that risk and broadcast primetime games if Kyle Allen start? Very doubt it.

3. The Redskins are not good

Looking back over the past two decades, it’s amazing how Redskins really won three Super Bowls. That was before Daniel Snyder bought a team and punished them for oblivion. Washington has 12 losing seasons, only three Eastern NFC titles, and only two playoff wins (the Redskins haven’t won a playoff since 2005) since Snyder bought a team in 1999.

The Redskins have been pretty good over the last few seasons, having had consecutive winning records in 2015 and 2016 followed by a pair of campaigns 7-9 in 2017 and 2018. Unfortunately, stretching 31-32-1 is better than the current four-year Redskins had when Joe Gibbs came out of retired for the second time as head coach, when they went 30-34 with two playoff appearances from 2004 to 2007.

Washington has just become an embarrassing franchise that has somehow risen to the primetime stage because of the prestige of running dominant in the 1980s and early 1990s, which was 30 years ago.

Added to their rivalry with the Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at NFC East is an easy draw for primetime, but this fight has been one-sided over the past few years. The Redskins haven’t beaten the Eagles since 2016 and 1-7 against the Cowboys in their last eight meetings, making it difficult to put them against the best of the divisions in primetime time slots.

Redskins also did not help 1-7 from their last eight primetime matches, having lost 232-134.

4 Tom Brady

Brady is together Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are bound to lead the NFL with five primetime matches this season. Tampa has a total of 17 primetime matches over the past 15 seasons, displaying the attractiveness of Brady’s star power on NFC.

Each network wants to know how Brady rates at its new destination (and in a new conference). It doesn’t hurt Tampa has a lot of high profile battles and Brady enters epic double quarterback almost every week. Brady’s presence on NFC has an impact on Redskins not getting primetime games.

Maybe if the Redskins play Buccaneers (like New York Giants being in 2020 thanks to third place on Eastern NFC), Washington gets a primetime game. Blame Brady and his new team for setting primetime schedules.

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