“On the outside looking in you would think it’s more pressure, but we live for these moments, we want these moments to come around. It feels good to be playing for something opposed to 3 or 4 years ago where we weren’t playing for anything at this point so to be in a game like this, we enjoy these moments.” – Chris Thompson, Redskins Running Back
In the past two Decembers, the Washington Redskins have been something that has been hard to come by over the span of 25 years. Relevant. If you are a fan of the Redskins, Thompson’s absolutely correct. Prior to the 2015 season the Redskins have been relevant in December just once in a 7-year span, 2012.
During this infusion of a positive and respectable culture change, the Redskins have been playing solid and competitive football. Chris Thompson and his teammates recognize this and are loving every minute of the perceived pressure in the Redskins week 17 “win-and-in” game. What else can you want in sports, you have a chance to control your own destiny.
Drafted in 2013, Thompson dealt with a few injuries his first couple of seasons playing a total of six games in those two years. However, Thompson has been fortunate enough to be a part of the Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan era as they stuck with him and he’s become a legit weapon for the third ranked offense in the NFL this year. He’s had his best pro season thus far, accumulating over 1000 all-purpose yards and 663 yards from scrimmage. Throw in 5 touchdowns and all of these numbers are career highs for him. This is a big game for him and his team and it sounds like they are handling the stakes of this game very well.