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After his Redskins had blown a 14-0 lead against the Vikings to enter the locker room at halftime looking at a 20-14 deficit, coach Jay Gruden told his team to remember that they have been there before.

“We just had to keep our poise,” he said when asked about his halftime message.

“I remind them every game this year, we’ve been leading and we’ve been trailing, and today’s no different. We just have to continue to handle the adversity, the adverse situations.”

Gruden wasn’t quite accurate there—there is one game that they never trailed—but the Eagles did tie the game after Washington took a 14-0 lead so it was a similar emotional effect to falling behind. In the big picture getting to 5-3-1 has been a roller coaster ride.

On top of that, each game has had some wild ups and downs no matter what the result was in the end.

Here are the biggest deficits and biggest leads the Redskins have had in each game this year and when they took those leads:

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The biggest deficit the Redskins have overcome to win a game was 12, against the Giants in Week 3. The largest lead they have blown in a loss is six against the Steelers. They had a seven-point lead early on in the Bengals game, which they ultimately tied.

The Redskins have overcome double-digit deficits to take the lead four times. They ultimately lost to the Cowboys and Lions after rallying to take the lead, they beat the Giants and tied the Bengals.

Last year things were not all that different.

There were tense, pivotal moments in almost every game and the Redskins have learned to navigate them. They aren’t always successful but they are always competitive.

“We have a pretty good resolve in this locker room,” said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

“We know every game is going to be close. You rarely have a game where you just beat a team 40-0. We know most games we’re playing are going to be close and you have to have that mindset going into every game that you have to play for a full 60 minutes.”

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