The tight turnaround time is almost unheard of: The Redskins played Sunday night against the Packers, and must face the Cowboys on Thursday afternoon.
Washington's win over Green Bay Sunday night did not end until midnight, and considering the travel time necessary for a trip to Texas, the 'Skins have basically no practice time.
The players understand the condensed timeline they face, and immediately following the 42-24 win over the Packers, quarterback Kirk Cousins wanted to get to bed.
"I need to sleep," the QB said. "I’ll try to get some rest."
Cousins explained that even though Monday is technically an off-day for players, few will actually have the day off.
Asked of his plans to recuperate, Cousins said, "I’ll get in my hyperbaric and get in the film room watching this film to learn from it and watch the Cowboys film and be with the coaches tomorrow night to get the game plan and just go from there. It will be a full day tomorrow even though it’s an off day. [I’m] just trying to fill up with recovery and see my chiropractor, so lots to do."
Ryan Kerrigan echoed Cousins' sentiments, but acknowledged that he knew this tough stretch of scheduling was coming months ago.
"Right when the schedule came out I was like, 'Oh man. That's going to be a pretty tough turnaround,'" Kerrigan said (full video above).
After bringing down Aaron Rodgers Sunday night, Kerrigan leads the team in sacks, but he also knows what a difficult matchup the Cowboys will be, especially on short rest.
"Quick turnaround," he said. "Got to take care of your bodies to get ready for the best team in the NFL, record wise."
Much like NFL players repeat the 'next man up' mantra when a teammate is injured, it seems the Redskins players won't use the rough scheduling window as an excuse.
"It’s onto the next team, Dallas," Redskins RB Robert Kelley said.
"That’s a pretty good team and [we’ll] try and go in there with everything that we have. Go in there and try and get that win going. It’s going to be hard. That’s a pretty good team, but that’s our plan."
In the locker room last week, Josh Norman explained that it isn't worth the time to complain about the schedule, because nothing can change it now. The important part is the Redskins have won two straight, and Thursday, bad schedule or not, the team will have the opportunity to go for three.
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