The Redskins probably need to win at least three and maybe four of their final five games to take their first division title since 2012. That likely means that they will have to do two things that they have not been able to do all year—win on the road and win two games in a row.
Other than a two-game losing streak in Weeks 5-6 the Redskins have alternated wins and losses in their first 11 games. If they don’t make Monday night’s game against Dallas their second straight win they will have to win three out of four to close out the season which means they will need two straight wins at some point. And, with three out of their final five on the road they will need a road win or maybe two.
Not only will the Redskins need consecutive wins and wins on the road to take the division, they need to do it to feel like they are a legitimate playoff team and threat to win a game or even two if they get into the postseason.
“Yeah, I think it would be a huge step in the right direction and a huge confidence builder if we can definitely win two games in a row, which we haven’t done in I think about a year . . . I think it has to do with the maturity of the team, and we’re growing as we speak. I think if we can get those two roadblocks out the way, it’ll be a huge confidence builder for this team,” said offensive tackle and team captain Trent Williams.
At the core, putting together winning streaks and winning on the road come down to consistency.
“I think it's just a matter of continuing to stay focused on the job at hand and the team at hand,” said Jay Gruden. “That's Dallas, obviously. We have to put this game behind us. Like I said last night, it was great to see us bounce back from a loss like Carolina. And then it’s going to be equally as important how we bounce back from a big win against the Giants and playing a game against Dallas on Monday night.”
A lot of the Redskins’ issues with consistency stem from the quirks of the schedule. Their slate of games on the road has been considerably tougher than the home game. With road games against some equal or lesser opponents coming in the next five games (Bears, Eagles, Cowboys), a consistent effort has a better chance of paying off than it did against the likes of the Panthers and Patriots.