By Charlie Roumeliotis
Last season, the Washington Redskins went 3-6 before turning their season around to win their final seven games and clinch the division title.
This year, the Redskins have dropped four of their first five, but coach Mike Shanahan says they have to focus on the Chicago Bears before they look too far down the line.
"One thing you can't do is look down the road," he said during the postgame press conference following Sunday's 31-16 loss to Dallas. "What you have to do is look to today and that's what we'll do. We'll be tough on ourselves today, look at the things we did poorly, players will come in, get a work out in, look at the film, then Wednesday we'll get onto Chicago. But in order to beat a team like Chicago, you got to take it a day at a time and just concentrate on that football team and if you get better as a group, then you got a chance to win."
Shanahan said he thought last week's defensive performance against the Cowboys was their best of the season, but also admitted their offense didn't capitalize on those opportunities.
A main reason why might be the continuing struggles of Robert Griffin III, but Shanahan believes he's starting to gain more confidence.
"I think everybody saw Robert did look more comfortable running the ball and making plays out of sequence," Shanahan said. "[That's] really a credit to him making those plays. ... The more he can do, the better we'll be as a team."
The Bears will look to make life difficult for Griffin III when they travel to Washington on Sunday.