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Trent Williams says Redskins aren't 'planning on ending our season anytime soon'

Trent Williams says Redskins aren't 'planning on ending our season anytime soon'

Throughout the NFL, the vibe in locker rooms before Week 17 can vary dramatically.

On some teams, players and coaches worry about their future. On other squads, players are resting for playoff games.

In Washington, there is no rest, but also little reason for worry. The Redskins face a true must-win game this weekend against the Giants at FedEx Field. If the Redskins win, the overwhelming odds suggest they will play the following weekend in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs.

Location and opponent to be determined, but the goal remains the same: Get in the playoffs. 

"We're not planning on ending our season anytime soon," veteran Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams said Thursday.

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At one point earlier this year, especially after a 42-24 thumping of the Green Bay Packers in late November, the playoffs looked like a sure thing for the Burgundy and Gold.

But since that win over the Packers, the Redskins sputtered, winning just two of their next five games and coughing up playoff position.

Losses to the Arizona Cardinals and at home to the Carolina Panthers particularly hurt, since those dropped Jay Gruden's team out of the sixth and final playoff spot. 

Things improved last week, with a big win over the Bears and a Tampa loss.

That put Washington back into the final Wild Card spot, and a win this week over a New York team with nothing to play for almost seals it, barring a dreaded tie in the Green Bay/Detroit game

For Williams, he believes the Skins have plenty of football left.

"Our season still has a lot of potential and we're going to do what we can to reach that full potential that we know we're capable of," he said. 

Offensively the Skins output has been uneven for a few weeks, though quite productive in the trip to Chicago. Sean McVay's unit posted 478 total yards, 140 more than they had in the previous three contests, including more than 200 yards rushing.

Asked if his team could replicate that effort, Williams said that will be the plan.

"Each game is different, it's hard to say 'carry any momentum'," Williams said.

"Obviously we're going to try to do the same things to get the offense going. We're going to try to run the ball, we're going to try to be a balanced offense. You know when we're able to do those things we get the results we want, but you don’t know how that’s going to turn out until Sunday."

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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

Upsets get a lot of attention in March, due to the allure of the NCAA Tournament and the non-allure of everyone who loves to talk about how THEY CALLED that upset that YOU DIDN'T.

With that being said, upsets happen every month of the year, and they go down weekly in the NFL. So, how about we look back at some of the Redskins' particularly surprising wins from the past decade?

Here are five of the most memorable. 

5) 2014 - Redskins 27, Eagles 24

The Eagles came into FedEx Field late in 2014 with a 9-5 record needing a win to remain squarely in the playoff hunt. The Redskins, meanwhile, were just 3-11 and had changed quarterbacks a depressing five times.

Yet in this matchup, Robert Griffin III managed the offense well and DeSean Jackson had more than 120 receiving yards against his former team because DeSean Jackson is awesome.

Yes, the 'Skins were outproduced in nearly every major stat category. But Mark Sanchez — sorry, future Redskin great Mark Sanchez — had two costly turnovers and Cody Parkey missed two field goals (Philly fans have probably forgiven him by now), allowing the home team to squeak out a W.

4) 2009 - Redskins 27, Broncos 17

This is one of those random Redskins games you've probably forgotten about because it came in a lost season, but it was still a miraculous victory.

The most iconic play from this one was a Hunter Smith to Mike Sellers TD on a fake field goal — a fake, mind you, that came after a timeout by Jim Zorn because the unit's first fake punt attempt included only 10 players on the field.

Denver was 6-2 but lost Kyle Orton to injury at halftime. Jason Campbell, on the other hand, helped the Burgundy and Gold score more than 17 points for the first time all year.

"We've had a desert experience -- very arid, if you will -- for the last few weeks," Zorn said postgame. "So to be able to come out with a win, you almost don't know how to feel."

The Zorn Era was terrible, but you have to give the dude credit for working "very arid" into an NFL press conference.

3) 2012 - Redskins 40, Saints 32

There was plenty of hype surrounding RG3's debut, but there was no way he was going to lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints... in his debut... in the Superdome... right?

Wrong. Incorrect. Not right.

Griffin found Pierre Garcon early for an 88-yard score and the offense stayed hot all afternoon, outpacing a New Orleans squad that was favored by more than a touchdown. If you want a further reminder of how impressive this effort was, look back at what happened to this franchise in the Superdome this past season. 

2) 2014 - Redskins 20, Cowboys 17

Dallas' six-game winning streak stood no chance against Colt McCoy, as the Texas legend went into the Cowboys' house for a wild Monday Night triumph.

Kai Forbath's field goal sealed it in overtime and Bashaud Breeland dominated Dez Bryant, but McCoy was the star. On the way to his first successful start in close to three seasons, the signal caller went 25 for 30 in the air and found the end zone on the ground, too.

1) 2017 - Redskins 17, Seahawks 14

If someone in your life thinks they can't do something, just pull up the box score or highlights from this contest. They will then realize that nothing is impossible, because the Redskins beating the Seahawks on this Sunday should've been impossible, yet it somehow happened anyway.

Washington went into Seattle's harsh environment down six starters, including three on the O-line, but Kirk Cousins kept things together and found Brian Quick and Josh Doctson for long completions on a harrowing last drive to steal this result. It wasn't quite UMBC over Virginia, but it was absolutely a stunning final nonetheless. 

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Josh Norman's brother players professional football in Washington, seriously

Josh Norman's brother players professional football in Washington, seriously

NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller spoke with Washington Valor defensive back Marrio Norman Thursday at the Nuggets-Wizards matchup at Capital One Arena.

Norman, the older brother of Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, was assigned to the Valor on March 6.

"I'm just excited to come and to add my talents to the team," Norman said.

Although the two brothers will be suiting up in different venues in the Nation's Capital, the younger Norman briefed the former on handling the press in Washington.

In 2018 with the Albany Empire, Norman racked up 58 total tackles and three interceptions.

The Valor's season kicks off on April 26 against the Baltimore Brigade at Royal Farms Arena.

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