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“Some individuals have [played hard],” Griffin said. “Everybody hasn’t.”

Zorn said he liked the team’s effort against Dallas and expects the same this week.

“Our players played hard,” Zorn said. “I didn’t have any depression or holding my breath about the kind of effort that we gave. … They’re professional. They’re playing for the offseason right now.”

A rare bright spot

The Redskins, a top-10 defense during four of the previous five seasons, rank 11th this season. Washington is tied for 16th in scoring defense and 20th against the run.

But as they showed again against the Cowboys, no team is better on fourth down than the Redskins. Washington stopped running back Marion Barber cold twice on fourth down, raising its success rate to 11 of 14, a league-best 81.2 percent.

“Our defense really came out and played with passion,” Zorn said. “They had a couple really good fourth-down holds and gave us some field position.”