Though the Redskins didn’t score on that drive, they did put up 28 points in the second quarter en route to posting the kind of victory that could salvage their season. “It’ll take that type of effort to beat the Giants,” Shanahan said.
Griffin had another superb week and has thrown four touchdown passes in each of the past two games. And the rest of the team provided enough support against an underachieving Cowboys team for the Redskins to elevate themselves to contender status, at least by the NFC East’s modest standards.
“Coming off the bye, who would have known that we’d be where we’re at right now but us?” wide receiver Santana Moss said. “We just kept striving and kept pushing and just knowing that at the end of the day, it’s going to all fall in our hands for us to go out there and take it.”
The Redskins have already scored 295 points this season, more than their season total in three of the past four years. Averaging nearly 27 points an outing, Washington is on pace to score 429 points, a mark the Redskins haven’t hit since 1999, the last year they won a division title. There’s reason to think they could keep up the similar pace. Only two of their final five opponents currently have winning records (the Giants and the Baltimore Ravens, who visit FedEx Field on Dec. 9), and the Redskins feel any loss could undo their recent successes.
“I think there’s definitely a sense of urgency when you know that you cannot stumble,” Shanahan said. “You’ve got to go out and win each week. It starts with the present game because you can’t stumble.”
Redskins players said they won’t be getting carried away just yet with the turnaround and the resurrected possibilities. But it has set the stage for some meaningful games the rest of the season.
“We can’t feed into it and everything at this point,” defensive end Stephen Bowen said. “We’ve won two in a row. People are probably going to start talking good about us. But we’ve just got to stay the path.”
Left tackle Trent Williams said he was less than stunned by the reversal.
“I’m not surprised,” Williams said. “It’s football. It’s never over until it’s over.”
Redskins notes: Rookie inside linebacker Keenan Robinson was undergoing tests on Friday to determine if he had suffered a torn pectoral muscle, and the fear is that Robinson could be lost for the season.
Drafted in the fourth round out of Texas, Robinson has played primarily on special teams this season, but he also has been used on certain pass-rushing situations and to spell 15-year veteran London Fletcher, who started Thursday’s game but didn’t finish it after aggravating his sprained left ankle.
“Right now, it doesn’t look good,” Shanahan said of Robinson’s status.