Normally a team wants to have laser-like focus on its upcoming opponent during the week leading up to a game. But the Redskins will make an exception to that rule as the prepare for the Cowboys on Sunday.
The result of the game does not mean anything to the Redskins in the standings. Win or lose they are going to be the No. 4 seed in the NFC bracket of the NFL playoffs. They will start to take a look at who they might play in the first round of the playoffs.
“We’ll start breaking down the possibilities that we have,” said Gruden. “We’ll start with Seattle, probably our most likely opponent. We’ll get our guys to start breaking them down.”
While the Seahawks are the team they most likely will host on the weekend of January 9-10, it’s also possible that they will face the Packers or the Vikings.
That doesn’t mean that the coaching staff is going to ignore the Cowboys.
“But we also want to be sure we get our guys ready to play the Dallas Cowboys,” said Gruden. “That’s the last game of the year at Dallas. It means a lot to a lot of these players, to a lot of our fans, to get this win and keep out winning streak alive and keep momentum alive going into the playoffs. I promise you the 46 guys who are dressed are going to be ready to play.”
Gruden isn’t concerned about showing to much to the Seahawks or any other potential first-round opponent while playing Dallas. Gruden noted that there’s a lot out there already.
“We’ve got 15 games on tape so I think they’ve got enough to study,” said Gruden. “We’ll stick with our plan, what we’ve been doing. We’ll still figure out ways to beat the Cowboys defense, find a way to stop the Cowboys offense. It’s still football, it’s not so much X’s and O’s, it’s about guys making plays and being in the right spot, taking the ball away on defense, protecting the ball on offense.”