The Washington Redskins ran into some bad luck last Sunday. Alex Smith broke both his tibia and fibula in his right leg when Houston's J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson sacked him late in the third quarter. Everyone on the field knew Smith was done for the year as soon as it happened. His ankle was visibly twisted and the look on his face said it all. So where does this leave the Redskins? They are just barely hanging on to the NFC East lead by a 6/4 thread as it is, and now they've lost their best offensive weapon. I don't think this is necessarily a death sentence for them, but it's not going to be easy to keep themselves afloat.
So now all their faith for this Thanksgiving's day game against the Cowboys is resting in the hands of Colt McCoy, who has been with the Redskins as a backup QB for the last five seasons. And interestingly enough, McCoy has been is a very similar situation before and came out with a win. This will be the same location (AT&T Stadium) and opponent he faced back in 2014 when he took over for Robert Griffin III, who was recovering from a dislocated and fractured ankle. That game ended with McCoy completing 25 of 30 passes for a total of 299 yards, and an overtime victory for the Redskins. It would be pretty awesome if that exact same thing happened this year.
I'm really hoping McCoy puts up a good fight against the Cowboys. It wouldn't be fun at all to see him get out there and flop.
I have yet to watch the replay of Alex Smith getting hurt, and I don't think I will. (I heard it was terrible to see). As soon as I heard the news, I thought the Redskins season was over. And I still think that. Being a Cowboys' fan, I don't want to see Colt put this team on his back and right the ship. But I have to admit, it is at least somewhat possible, in spurts. Like you said, it has happened before.
Though if I had to guess, the Redskins will only get 2 more wins the rest of the year.