The Washington Times - November 11, 2013, 03:57PM

Not all 3-6 records are created equal. Last season, the Redskins came out of their bye week convinced they could still make a run at an NFC East title and a playoff spot. They believed it and made it happen.

This season the vibe is different. It’s more a hope that a run can happen than a belief it will. The results in recent weeks haven’t been encouraging enough – the latest a 34-27 loss at Minnesota.

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“I mean, 3-6 is 3-6. The division is still kind of up for grabs a little bit. [The Philadelphia Eagles have] been kind of on a roll now, so how do we fix it?” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “There’s no magic formula to take or special pill we can pop to run some wins up. It’s just about executing, getting down to the fundamentals, tackling, doing the things that we’ve been doing since we were little kids to be successful in football.”

Washington caught a break with the Dallas Cowboys losing badly to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. They are now tied with the Eagles at 5-5 for first place in the NFC East. The Redskins and New York Giants are now 1.5 games behind. Washington still has a game at home against the Cowboys and one on the road this Sunday against the Eagles. It’s what amounts to a must-win game. But, in reality,

“It’s not gonna matter. We can talk about everybody else, but the bottom line is we have to be a lot better,” Hall said. “He can’t make it to the playoffs and expect to do anything in the playoffs playing the way we’ve been playing. It’s pointless to even get there. You want to start playing good football. You want to start having things go the right way.”