Redskins gain share of first place with Giants

Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns to help Washington win its fifth straight game. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

With their win over the Browns, and a loss by the New York Giants to the Atlanta Falcons, the Redskins gained a share of first place in the NFC East.

Both the Redskins and Giants own records of 8-6, but Washington holds the tiebreaker by virtue of its 3-1 record within the NFC East. The Giants own a 2-3 record within the division.

It’s the first time since 1999 that the Redskins have had a share of first place in the division, and it’s the first time since 2007 that Washington has been at least two games above .500 after 14 or more games.

It’s a dramatic turnaround for the Redskins, who fell to 3-6 but since the bye have reeled off five consecutive wins. In addition to moving into a tie for first in the division, Washington has overtaken Chicago, who lost to Green Bay on Sunday, for the final wildcard spot.

“It’s great. All the hard work and blood, sweat and tears that you put into this game, and being 3-6 and battling back, it’s very special,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “We just have to continue to work and have the same approach that we’ve had the last five weeks. Now we move on to Philly, and we have to focus on them. These next two are divisional games, and they’ll definitely be trying to stick it to us. We have to focus so we can achieve our goals.”

The Redskins play at Philadelphia next Sunday and then close out the regular season at home against Dallas.

“We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” cornerback Josh Wilson said. “All we’ve been talking about has been taking care of our own business. We can’t worry about anything else. We just know if we go out here and run this thing and take care of our own business, we’ll give ourselves a great opportunity for the postseason where all the records are wiped clean.”

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