December is when seasons are kept alive or crushed in the NFL.
This is the month when postseason implications affect outcomes to another level. We see teams find a rhythm or derail on a weekly basis. Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins are the prime example right now, exiting November on a two-game winning streak.
The victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day was massive, because Washington will host Big D later on. Although the Redskins are just 5-6, they remain in a deep mix throughout the NFC playoff picture.
As we see next, though, Washington is rising up the rankings right along with the intensity.