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