Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan wants the team to play spoiler in its final two games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins have lost six straight games and are in last place in the NFC East.
The Redskins have lost six straight games and are in last place in the NFC East. Despite the disappointing season, Kerrigan, who has a career-high 12.5 sacks, said the team should play hard knowing it can ruin a division rival's season.
“We have a chance to be spoiler here,” Kerrigan said. “Both of these teams are vying for the NFC East title and we have a chance to ruin one of their seasons so hopefully we can do that.
“You see these teams twice a year. Our fans don’t like the other teams in the East and we don’t either. This is a chance to take some positive for use by giving a negative to them.”
The Redskins’ final stretch begins Saturday when the 9-5 Eagles come in, fighting for their playoff lives. Philadelphia lost to the Cowboys last week at home 38-27 to fall one game behind Dallas in the race for the division crown. Philadelphia is also a game behind the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers for the two NFC wild card spots. The Eagles beat Washington in Week 3, 37-34.
Dallas, meanwhile, is 10-4 and will be looking for some revenge on Dec. 28. The Redskins got the last of their three wins on Oct. 27 with an overtime win against the Cowboys in Dallas.
- Phil Watson