The reality that they are 3-8 sets in for Redskins defensive players. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
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If Washington came in to Monday night needing to play well and show signs of progress, what is there to say after being held to 190 yards in a 27-6 loss? There were a few nice moments in the first half, but overall, signs of progress were absent.

If anything, maybe a fan gets stronger in his or her convictions after watching that, as far as who needs to move on next season. And maybe that’s all that’s left in these final five games besides pride. At 3-8 and without a first-round pick in the draft ahead, perhaps December’s games are a test of who wants to be here going forward. Who deserves to be here. Perhaps it’s five more games for Griffin to sharpen up his reading of defenses and such.

There isn’t a whole lot left to anticipate this year. It’s glum when your playoff hopes are dashed. At 3-8 and on a three-game losing streak, all you can do is take ’em one game at a time I guess. With the Giants, Chiefs, at Falcons, Cowboys and at Giants making up the rest of the schedule, there’s reason to get up for the three division games. The Chiefs, seeing ol’ Andy Reid could be interesting, and the Falcons are in just as bad a spiral as Washington.

On one hand, having five games to look forward to beats the offseason, when there’s nothing. On the other, what can you look forward to for the Redskins in December?

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

● Mike Jones’s observations, Mark Bullock’s position-by-position reviews and Mike Shanahan’s 3 p.m. news conference with reporters.

From the Post:

Boswell: Redskins prove to be an easy feast

The Takeaway: A no-show in prime time

For Griffin, the beating goes on | Dark times under the lights

D.C. Sports Bog: Redskins vs. 49ers best and worst

Photos: Scenes from FedEx Field | Box: 49ers 27, Redskins 6

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