Five questions the Redskins face in Week 16

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Will Robert Griffin III play? » We'll get a much better idea Wednesday depending on whether he's able to practice. The fact that this was not a game-time decision last week -- and there's a strong chance the coaches knew a week ago he would not play vs. Cleveland -- means it's not a slam dunk that Griffin will play vs. Philadelphia. The Redskins worked him out before the game last week, and while they say he looked improved, he still was not ready.

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Should they just play Kirk Cousins regardless? »

Only if there's any hesitancy about Griffin's situation. The Redskins showed they can win without Griffin. So they could do it again against Philadelphia. But if the Redskins sat Griffin even after doctors cleared him and they lost, it would be difficult to justify to the other players.

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Will the line be intact Sunday? »

There's a chance both Will Montgomery and Tyler Polumbus will be OK. If they don't play, the Redskins at least have experience inside, making it easier to replace Montgomery. Kory Lichtensteiger is a former center and could be one in the future. But with Jordan Black suspended, they have no experienced backup tackle. Maurice Hurt, who has played only guard in games but has worked at tackle in practice, or rookie Tom Compton, promoted from the practice squad earlier this month, are the options.

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Is this a trap game? »

The Redskins have won five straight and have a major showdown awaiting in the home finale vs. Dallas. They could be distracted for their matchup vs. 4-10 Philadelphia. But their mindset hasn't wavered during this five-game streak, and they showed terrific mettle in winning on the road with a backup rookie quarterback. It's doubtful they will overlook a division foe.

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Why has the defense played so well in the second half of games lately? » The Redskins have applied more pressure and created more turnovers. In the past three games, quarterbacks have combined to complete 20 of 36 passes for 302 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the second half. That's good for a 57.9 passer rating compared to a 106.8 rating in the first half of those games.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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