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McLaurin says WFT 'can't hang our heads' after loss to Seattle

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Through the first two and a half quarters against the Seahawks on Sunday, the Washington Football Team looked as if they didn't belong on the same field with Seattle.

The Burgundy and Gold would flip the script over the final 20 or so minutes, but Washington's comeback effort fell just short as the visitors escaped FedExField with a 20-15 victory, dropping the Football Team to 6-8 on the season.

A victory over Seattle would have given Washington a two-game lead in the NFC East, putting the team in the driver's seat to clinch its first division title in five seasons. Still, though, Washington remains the favorite to win the division despite the loss, which is something standout wide receiver Terry McLaurin wants his teammates to realize heading into Week 16 against Carolina.

“Next game mentality. We can't do anything about the last one," McLaurin said on Sunday following the loss. "We can't hang our heads and worry about this missed opportunity when we still have the opportunity to make the playoffs and get what we want."

In addition to Washington, both the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles lost on Sunday, too. So, even with its comeback effort falling short against Seattle, Washington still has a one-game lead in the NFC East.

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At 6-8, Washington remains in control of its own destiny. Win the next two games against Carolina and Philadelphia, and the NFC East is Washington's, regardless of what the other three teams in the division do.

 

Ron Rivera's team might not even need to win out to clinch the division title, either. If Washington wins on Sunday over Carolina and Baltimore defeats the Giants, the NFC East crown comes to D.C. 

Yes, the loss against Seattle stings for Washington, especially since the team had a chance to win the game at the end. But in the grand scheme of things, Washington's goal of making the playoffs wasn't significantly impacted by the loss.

"This is not a time for us to hold our heads down," McLaurin said. "We just have to come out better than we did this week, and hopefully, we come out on the other side."