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The Redskins won’t have it easy next time out, either. They play a critical division game on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 16. It was the Eagles who first thumped the Redskins‘ defense for 33 points in the opener.

Griffin, more polished than he was on Sept. 9, will be better suited to counter that. He just can’t do it alone.

“It’s a tough loss, a tough loss,” nose tackle Barry Cofield said. “Defensively, we expected to play a lot better. We could have played a lot better, and we’ve got to play a lot better going forward the rest of the season.”