by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Last year the Washington Redskins had no idea what lay ahead as their record sat at a sub-pedestrian 3-6. Following a Week 10 bye, the Redskins trounced the Philadelphia Eagles 31-6 to begin an improbable march to the postseason, led by a young and healthy quarterback that captivated a city like no other before him.

Like last year’s Redskins, this year’s squad must get the ball rolling against the Eagles (5-5) if they have any chance of jump-starting playoff hopes that are on life-support, despite what a mathematical analysis of the division standings would lead one to believe.

Unlike last year, this season’s severe uphill challenge begins in Philly where the home team hasn’t won since Sept. 30, 2012.

So how did the Redskins begin the run last year? By not thinking about it — which is a stark contrast to the 2013 club.

“I’m not sure we had the confidence then,” safety Reed Doughty said thinking back to a year ago. “I think the only confidence you can get is from winning games. So, people want to talk about getting on a streak and I knew people would want to talk about that, but you have to play better and have to play consistently and you’ve got to start by winning one game.”

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall’s comments were similar to those of his defensive counterpart.

3-6 is 3-6,” said Hall. “The division is kind of still up for grabs a little bit. Philly’s been kind of on a roll now. So how do we fix it? I don’t know. I keep saying week after week, there’s no magic formula to take, or special pill we can pop to run some wins off.”

Robert Griffin III’s would-be triumphant return was spoiled by the Eagles in Week 1 on Monday Night Football. This week, Philadelphia is a three-point favorite to sweep the season series against Washington.

“We’ve gotten better since that game,” said Pierre Garçon. “We want to show that we are better.”

And parodying last year, there’s only so far a player will go with a proclamation at this time.

“But it’s a division opponent. So, you never know what’s going to happen in those games,” Garçon added.


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