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Brandon Meriweather showed what the Redskins have been missing with him sidelined to this point with a sprained left knee. He had an interception and was credited with seven tackles before spraining his right knee in the second half.

It all helped a Redskins offense that has carried the load too often this season.

“Whenever your defense plays like that, it makes you feel as an offense that you don’t have to press to try to score every time,” Griffin said.

When the drubbing was complete, the Redskins left the celebrations on the field. Coach Mike Shanahan gave players 12 hours to enjoy the victory before looking forward to Thursday’s game against Dallas.

Some guys started before they departed the locker room.

“We actually played as the defense that we know we can be,” defensive end Stephen Bowen said. “Now it’s just all about being consistent.”