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Facing so many quick deficits earlier this season, the Redskins couldn’t play to their strengths. Defenses didn’t have to respect the threat of the play-action pass when knowing the Redskins weren’t running the ball, which in turn limited the frequency with which receivers were able to get separation downfield.

But by keeping the game close early, as Washington did Sunday, the play-calling can be balanced. Whatever weaknesses the Redskins have, then, aren’t clearly exposed.

“I think it helps a lot,” Griffin said. “In other games, we’ve had opportunities to kind of get into that second-level throwing — second and third level — and it just hasn’t worked out. But everything was clicking for us this past week, and that’s what you need.”