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Redskins have .500 record following bye weeks

The Washington Redskins will try to do something Sunday that they haven’t accomplished in four years:winning after a bye week.

It’ll take some time for anyone to forget last season’s 59-28 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles that followed Washington’s Week 9 bye.

But the team also was blown out after the Week 8 bye in 2009, falling 31-17 to Atlanta with Jim Zorn at the helm. The year before that, Dallas beat Washington 14-10 following the Redskins’ Week 10 bye.

Prior to that, Washington won three straight games coming off its bye weeks, thumping Detroit 34-3 in 2007, topping Dallas 22-19 in 2006 and edging Seattle 20-17 in overtime during the 2005 season.

In all, the Redskins own an 11-11 record since bye weeks were instituted beginning with the 1990 season.

Coach Mike Shanahan owns a 10-5 record in games that follow the bye week. But his teams have lost their last two post-bye games (2010 in Washington, 2008 in Denver).

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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