Redskins face hectic week to get ready for Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas


Robert Griffin III, Redskins face a quick turnaround for Thursday’s game in Dallas (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Coach Mike Shanahan said he told his Washington Redskins players to enjoy their triumph Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles for roughly 12 to 14 hours before they turn their attention to Thursday’s game in Dallas.

“Our football players know that everything is going to be pretty hectic,” Shanahan said following Sunday’s 31-6 win over the Eagles. “We’ve got a lot to get done in a short amount of time. But after that game is over with, you’ve got about an extra three or four days recovery time, which is always great…. We know what’s out there and what we’ve got to get done…. They [the players] understand what a tough week it will be, but what an important week it will be as well.”

The third-place Redskins, at 4-6, are a game behind the second-place Cowboys, who are 5-5, in the NFC East.

“It always feels good to get a win against anybody,” Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said. “When it’s a division opponent, it feels a little better. It means a little more. But we can’t harp on it too long. We’ve got another game in about three, four days.”

Shanahan said last week that the team’s coaches had begun preparations for the Cowboys game during the Redskins’ bye week. But the players, Shanahan said, spent last week focusing solely on the Eagles.

Now comes the quick turnaround for the Thanksgiving game.

“The Eagles game is over,” fullback Darrel Young said in the postgame locker room. “You can’t live in the past.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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