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Kirk Cousins celebrates a score during the Eagles-Redskins game. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Kirk Cousins celebrates a score during the Eagles-Redskins game. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – As the NFC Playoff picture continues to muddy up in the wild card portion, Washington knows exactly what they need to do; win out. With the Vikings loss to the Cowboys on Thursday, the Redskins (6-4-1) still have a playoff spot at the moment. At 6-5, Tampa Bay is right behind the ‘Skins.

Coming off of a Thanksgiving defeat to the Cowboys, the ‘Skins are looking to beat an underachieving Cardinals (4-6-1) that are certainly no cake walk. “You only have 16 cracks at it, like I said yesterday, and it’s a chance – every game is a chance for them to show what they have,” says head coach Jay Gruden earlier in the week.

David Johnson is arguably the most balanced back in the NFL, and for the 25th ranked rushing defense of the Redskins, they’ll have to employ many different looks to try and contain Johnson. “He’s really like a wide receiver lining up out of the backfield. He’s very talented in his, obviously catching the ball, but everything that he can do as far as running the entire route tree,” says defensive coordinator Joe Barry.

The best way to always lower the worries, is to keep winning.