by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Like it or not, the Washington Redskins find themselves exactly where they were a year ago — three games under .500 with seven remaining on the schedule.

Though the players don’t much care for their current residence in the NFC East basement, Washington’s hopes of securing a playoff berth are still very much alive. The division-leading Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, the latter of which hosts the Redskins on Sunday, each have a 5-5 record, leaving the last place team just 2 1/2 games off the pace.

There is little room for error if Mike Shanahan’s team hopes to be “movin’ on up” in the standings.

Defensive end Kedric Golston put it more bluntly: “We understand we don’t have much leash left.”

Ironically, it has been when faced with long odds that the Redskins have played their best football of late.

“We don’t like to do it,” Golston said when asked about playing with their back against the wall. “But it’s just the situation that we’re in. We’re 3-6 now and the best we can be is 4-6. That’s life. You deal with it — the cards that you get. We’ve had a hand in that and it’s up to us to dig ourselves out of this hole.”


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