After getting well against NFC East, Redskins hope improved play carries over to non-division games

 


Robert Griffin III led the wins over the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Redskins revived their season during their just-completed run of three straight wins over NFC East foes. They beat the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants in succession to improve their record to 6-6 and give themselves a chance to play meaningful games the rest of the regular season and perhaps reach the playoffs.

But now that stretch of divisional games is over, with the Baltimore Ravens coming to FedEx Field Sunday and the Redskins playing at Cleveland the following weekend. The Redskins hope to carry over their improved play to non-division games.

“Each game is important to us,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “It’s not about trying to win just division games or trying to win just against NFC opponents. For us, it’s about just winning the next game, period. We were a little bit behind the eight-ball a couple weeks ago. [We’re] still behind the eight-ball. But we can kind of see our way around it a little bit now. But we’ve still got a little ways to go.”

Fellow cornerback Josh Wilson said of the Ravens: “We haven’t faced anybody 9-3 in a little while. So you’ve got to come back and get ready to play a heck of a ballclub that knows how to win.”

Wilson, who played for the Ravens during the 2010 season, said a Baltimore-Washington matchup doesn’t qualify as an NFL rivalry.

“The Redskins, we’ve got a whole division of rivalries,” Wilson said. “We ain’t got time for any more rivalries. We’ve got enough rivalries. And even the Ravens, they’ve got some. They’ve got a hard-battling conference over there, too, that’s hard-nosed football. So I don’t think that either one of us has enough time to add another rivalry.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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