ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Give this much credit to the Washington Redskins: They realize their win over the Oakland Raiders didn’t accomplish very much.

Coach Mike Shanahan says his players are “pretty realistic” and realize they have to get to another level if they want to repeat as champions of the NFC East.

“(Players) know what type of effort we have to have to get to the next level, what type of play we have to do consistently to win the division,” Shanahan said.

The Redskins are 1-3 after Sunday’s 24-14 victory, but they’re only one game behind division leader Dallas. The coach isn’t putting much stock in the slumping NFC East.

“Don’t get carried away with things that happen very early or very late,” Shanahan said of the season. “Just stay the course. Understand your objective and your goals and try to get better each day. A lot of those games can go either way and people get healthy or they get injured and there is a lot that goes into it.”

Washington has a bye week before facing the Cowboys in two weeks — a game that could be for first place.

“The sky’s not falling,” said Shanahan. “You have got to go back and do the little things the right way, and if you have got that mindset and your players believe in the work, then you have got a chance to overcome anything. And even though we (beat the Raiders), we know we didn’t play one of our better games, especially offensively. When that happens, then you have got a football team that has a chance to get better.”

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