CHICAGO – With their 24-21 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the Washington Redskins ended their five-game road losing streak this season, and the nine-game slide that they found themselves on dating from last year.
Since the Week 8 win over Dallas on Monday Night Football in 2014, Washington hadn’t won a road game.
The Redskins flirted with disaster in allowing the Bears to come back from 14 down to tie the game late in the third quarter. But Washington regrouped in time to pull off the victory.
“This feels great,” linebacker Trent Murphy said. “Nobody likes flying on planes after a loss.”
However, just minutes after the win over Chicago, the Redskins turned their eyes on another obstacle that has hindered them this season.
“We conquered one demon of winning on the road,” nose tackle Terrance Knighton said. “Now, we’ve got to conquer another one of winning in back-to-back weeks.”
Indeed, the Redskins’ consecutive wins streak is as old as was their road loss streak. Washington last won back-to-back games in Weeks 7 and 8 of the 2014 season. Posting consecutive quality performances – much less victories – has proven impossible this season.
And with the division still theirs for the taking, the Redskins see winning consecutive games as an even more important goal.
“Everything from this point on is we’re just looking to win,” defensive end Jason Hatcher said. “Doesn’t matter if it’s on the road, or at home. We just need to win.”
The Redskins improved to 6-7 with their win over the Bears, but the Philadelphia Eagles also won and moved their record to 6-7. The 5-7 Giants entered the day in a three-way tie with Washington and Philadelphia, but don’t play until Monday night.
Washington currently holds the three-way tiebreaker, but the players understand that the best way to avoid even having to worry about tiebreakers is to win games.
“From this day forward, we have to win out,” Hatcher said. “We control our own destiny.”
The Redskins play their final home game of the season next Sunday against Buffalo, which lost to Philadelphia, 23-20, on Sunday.
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