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Even the Redskins’ top-ranked running game was held in check. It generated just 100 yards, its fewest since the season opener.

“We did feel like we had a great chance to come out here and win,” said running back Alfred Morris, who gained 52 yards on 14 attempts. “We just didn’t show up.”

Morris, soft-spoken and modest, suggested part of the reason for the troubles Monday traced back to last week’s practices. There were plenty of mistakes during the course of the week, he said, which is atypical at this point in the season.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been in this position before,” said strong safety Reed Doughty, in his eighth season with the Redskins. “There’s always something to play for. You play for pride, you play for the organization, you play for your family, you play for each other. … You’re a professional. To me, there’s always a lot to play for.”

Griffin has rarely had to deal with losing – a product of an accomplished high school and college career. He stressed the importance of not changing through defeat. Then, in the locker room after the game, Griffin sat face-to-face with his father for a serious talk.

Technically, the Redskins can still win the division title. Realistically, their shot is remote.

“You have to be ready to seize it,” Griffin said. “That’s all you can do.”