Redskins believe bye week came too soon this season

Brian Orakpo, here celebrating a sack against the Raiders, said the Redskins would prefer to have a bye later than Week 4.

Brian Orakpo, here celebrating a sack against the Raiders, said the Redskins would prefer to have a bye later than Week 4. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins ended the first quarter of their season with a victory over the Oakland Raiders. But building momentum off of the victory could prove challenging, because now the team has two weeks between now and its next game.

The Redskins’ bye this season falls on one of the earliest possible times – Week 5. The team then will return to work on Oct. 13 at Dallas and will play 12 consecutive weeks.

This differs from last season when the team played nine straight games, had their bye and then returned for a seven-game home stretch.

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo said he sees the timing of this year’s bye as unfortunate.

“I’d rather have another game. I hate early byes,” Orakpo said after Sunday’s 24-14 win. “I hate them, but, we have to live with the schedule. We all would love to keep playing, because this bye is way too early.”

But, regardless of the placement of the bye, the Redskins’ mission remains the same. They still have the same amount of games to win to improve their situation. And so, they will try to focus on the only thing they can control: Putting forth a strong effort when they do return from the bye, so they have a chance to defeat the Cowboys.

“Nobody wants to be 1-3 four weeks into the season, don’t get me wrong, but we have to make the best of our situation,” quarterback Robert Griffin III said. “It’s a good situation for us right now, seeing the way our division has played out. If we come back after the bye and get a win we’re right back in first place, second place, so it’s a great scenario. All you have to do is win the division to get into the playoffs and that will be our focus moving ahead; just keep winning games, keep ourselves in a good situation.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● Mike Shanahan speaks with reporters at 3 p.m.

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