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Redskins winning every other week _ now need 2 in a row to be taken seriously in NFC East

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates a touchdown by fullback Darrel Young during the second half of a NFL football game against San Diego Chargers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates a touchdown by fullback Darrel Young during the second half of a NFL football game against San Diego Chargers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

The Washington Redskins have reached the point where they're winning every other game, a fair reflection of the mix of talent and inconsistency seen from Robert Griffin III and the rest of the team.

That won't be good enough to make the playoffs, even in the NFC East. At 3-5, the Redskins need to put together two or three wins in a row.

Griffin said Sunday's overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers "can be a turning point" for the season.

But the words and emotions become meaningless if the Redskins lay an egg Thursday against the lowly Minnesota Vikings.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin had his best game of the year Sunday. The offense converted 12 of 17 third downs, its best performance since 2005.

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