If the Redskins (5-9) lose to Minnesota (2-12), they'll also have endured a third straight double-digit loss season for just the second time in franchise history (the other being 1993-95). Washington has already clinched a third consecutive losing season at home, something last achieved during the first three years at what was then D.C. Stadium (1961-63). If Detroit beats visiting San Diego on Saturday, the burgundy and gold will be the only NFC team without a winning home record in any of the last four years.
They are just 59-59-1 since they moved to what is now FedEx in 1997.
"We'd like to establish a great home-field advantage because we know we have a great fan base," said linebacker London Fletcher, one of just six players on the active roster who has been part of a winning campaign at home.
"If you can be great at home, you've got a chance (to make the playoffs) every year," added safety Reed Doughty, another of the six survivors.
Not coincidentally, Washington's only playoff teams of the last nine years, back in 2005 and 2007, each had winning records at home.
But under Shanahan, the Redskins are 7-8 on the road and 4-11 at home, including a loss last November to the Vikings, who are 2-12 on the road against everyone else the last two years.
"When you go on the road, it's more of an us-against-them (mentality)," theorized linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, another of the six veterans. "You're trying to shut the crowd up. There might be a little more of an emotional boost."
"It's a beautiful Christmas present," said the 6-5, 292-pound Worthington, whom Pittsburgh drafted in the seventh round out of Ohio State in 2010 and who spent time on Tampa Bay's practice squad last season. "It's going to help me a lot of the offseason. The preseason games are great, don't get me wrong, but it'd be great to get into a game that really means something (for the first time since he co-captained the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl as a senior).
"Every week (before now), I kinda busted my tail to maybe get an opportunity to move up, but at the end of the day, I just wanted to give the best look I can for my teammates so they can go out and get a victory."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I could care less, man. I love that the fans and players and coaches respect the way I play. But I want to go to the postseason, so bad, man. I've been there, done that with the Pro Bowls." -- OLB Brian Orakpo on whether he cares about being chosen for a third Pro Bowl in his three seasons.
BY THE NUMBERS: 5 -- Consecutive home losses for the Redskins heading into Saturday's home finale against Minnesota.