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Need to Know: Five games in next 25 days for the Redskins

Oct 13, 2013, 6:35 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 13, the day the Washington Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night football.

A key five games stretch

Redskins fans had better hope that their team got its rest over their bye week. After having played just one game in the last 20 days the Redskins now play five games in the coming 25 days. That stretch ends November 7 and by then we will have a pretty good idea if the Redskins will be playing meaningful football in December.

It starts tonight in Dallas (2-3) and there is a chance for the team to get its first signature win of the year. Next the Bears (4-2) come to FedEx Field and they will be well rested after they stopped a two-game losing skid on Thursday with a win over the Giants.

On October 27 there is the toughest game on the entire schedule, when Peyton Manning and the Broncos (5-0) host the Washington. Then it’s back home to face the Chargers (2-3) followed by a quick turnaround to a Thursday night game in Minnesota (1-3).

These five games will take the Redskins up to the nine-game point in the season. That, of course, is the point where in 2012 Washington was 3-6 and wondering about its future. That turned out to be a seven-game winning streak the close the season and take the NFC East title.

But, to a man, the players don’t want to be in that position again. To avoid that situation they will have to win at least three of these coming five games. Going 3-2 between now and November 7 will put the Redskins at 4-5, probably in pretty good shape in the weak NFC East.

A 2-3 stretch here puts them right where they were a year ago at 3-6. At that point in 2012 they were three games behind the division-leading Giants. At 3-6 this year they probably wouldn’t be that far out of the lead but, again, nobody on the team wants to have climb out of that hole for a second straight year.

If they win tonight they only have to go 2-2 in the following four games to set themselves up for the stretch and 4-1 in the five-game stretch looks like a realistic possibility. A loss means they have to win three out of four to get themselves in position for a run.

It’s always good for the Redskins to beat Dallas but tonight it’s extra important.

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  1. barrymoyer - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    I’ll go ahead and state the obvious here…in 2012 we had a healthy RGlll and Morris running plays defenses couldn’t or didn’t know how to counter. All that has changed. Now RGlll is still not his full self, defenses have figured out how to stop the read-option, and for some reason K Shanahan isn’t utilizing Morris nearly as much as he should. We still have only one WR that you can call a star and the Kerrigan/Orakpo dream has yet to fully live up to the promise. And what weaknesses existed last season defensively still remain and make hopeful predictions for this season seem desperate. The only games that look winnable from this point on, are the two against the Giants, maybe the struggling Falcons and a all-about-pride rematch with the Eagles. That’s a 5-11
    season and a better bet than anything involving playoffs.

  2. rahwayhomey - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Season changing game today. Win today puts us right in the playoff chase. Griff’s 2 weeks off can only help, getting Jenkins & R Jackson back can’t hurt, and the reason we are 1-3 is our weak D. But like last yr, Haslett found something out as the season went on. Keep R Kerrigan & B Orakpo bull rushin the QB, they should never be in coverage 10 yds down the field, as this bad strategy has been a major reason why we’re giving up record yardage. We’ve got to get to Romo, & knock him out of game, or beat him to oblivion. We can turn what’s been a miserable season to possible playoff run w/ simply 60 minutes of good football. Rise up Skins, RGIII & new found D!

  3. hailyeah1 - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    a non rusty in the groove RG3 is unstopable he is showing signs of it and 2 weeks to prepare for dallas will help.defenses haven’t stopped the read option as much as Griffin getting his quickness and slight of hand back to normal.
    now hasellet has to get his brain into gear and call the right defense keeping them off balance .
    these games always are strange and anything goes ,so hold on to you butt, it might be a wild one!!!
    REDSKINS 31 ,DALLAS 28

  4. polofourme - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    That’s a murderous schedule, 5 games in 25 days….it all starts at DAL and IMO if we lose, this will be along season and not a successful one. I think 8-8 may even be to optimistic at this point. We are sure to have injuries and this team is so thin, a loss of a single starter can have a big effect. No time to catch our breathe…loss at DAL and that’s what I think will happen and this team is toast and maybe even this hc and his staff. Usually teams don’t let their HCs go into the last year of their contract without either extending or firing the hc before we get there. If we have a losing record, say as suggested, 5-11, then that would be three losing seasons out of four for this hc and his staff and that would be two 5-11 and one 6-10..the team would be moving backwards and IMO at that point Sr and Son should be on the street. That’s a miserable record of failure IF, it happens and lose Sunday night and IMO that becomes likely…I never liked the decision to hire Sr and son…he IMO has ruined his prized franchise player and if we have another losing season its more than reasoned to fire him.

    • Rich Tandler - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      Shorter version of the comments of popofourme and barrymoyer: THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!

      • polofourme - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Sky, no the sky is not falling…that’s a physical impossibility but its not out of the possibility to suggest this is really not a very good team and the team, its roster and the scheme are all the direct results of this coaching staff. Every player, HAND PICKED by this hc…if they lose then it falls on the hc’s head as it should. I think we can both agree, losing to DAL would be a significant blow to WAS and then that schedule, no room for any mistakes. I have always said a win is win, the same hold true for a loss. I think its fair to say this is a critical game. The team has no excuses, its healthy, its rested both mentally and physically and has two weeks to game plan…DAL coming off a big loss….at home surely wants to win a division game and right their record. Both teams should be highly motivated…but IMO a loss hurts WAS much more than a loss by DAL. I think its fair to say, WAS has not performed well in any of its games. We have the same personnel, the same secondary, the same OL and skill players. A bad team playing bad doesn’t change being a bad team because they get a week off. This game is as much about whether WAS is a bad team as it is about this teams chances to make the POs…win and it still not a good team…lose and its a bad team. I think this is a poorly coached team with a thin roster and little quality depth. IMO that constitutes a bad team. Lets see how it plays out….I hope I am wrong and you are right.

        • hailyeah1 - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:46 PM

          polo ,i see your still trying the shovel up that same old gloom and doom.
          of course the team hasn’t done very well starting off but remember its a marathon not a sprint.
          the dallas and chicago games are winable the denver game is going to be brutal but with some luck we could win that one too!! then the chargers and minnesota both again are winable.
          its forseable that we could be 4-1 or 3-2 out of theses next 5 games at least !!!
          so lets think happy thoughts !!!!

  5. polofourme - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I will add this…WAS can win this game if Morris has 30 rushes and Griffin throws 20 or fewer times. DAL wins if Griffin has 30 or more attempts and Morris has 20 or fewer touches. The only way we win this game is if we can run, control the clock and keep DALs O off the field. Then we can steal a win by a late 4th quarter FG by Forbath. Otherwise its a win blowout for DAL.

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