Tim Hightower knows all about the Philadelphia Eagles struggles and how desperately the team needs a win. But the Washington Redskins running back dismisses the notion that the Eagles are more dangerous because of their precarious situation.

Hightower believes that although the two sets of circumstances differ significantly — Philadelphia owning a 1-4 record and their coach on the hot seat, Washington off to a 3-1 start and looking to maintain first place in the division — the Redskins need the victory on Sunday just as bad as the Eagles do.

“They’re dangerous and so are we,” Hightower said. “They’re 1-4, we’re 3-1. We’re on top in the division and we control that. It’s a must-win game for us and a must-win game for them. I know it’s a different set of scenarios when you look at their record, but it’s a must-win game.”

Hightower went on to say that he views every game as a must-win considering that in the NFL so much always is at stake each week.

A loss won’t doom the Redskins, who still have 12 games remaining on the schedule. But Hightower and his teammates obviously would rather seize every opportunity possible especially early on, so they don’t have to play catch-up down the stretch.

“We respect them, but we’re going to get ready to play. . . . We have to prepare just like they have to prepare, so let the best man win.”