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Redskins Insider: What To Watch For, Week 17

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Before the Redskins kickoff this Sunday afternoon vs. the New York Giants, here is a look at benchmarks to keep an eye on, as compiled by Washington Redskins Public Relations.

Team:

• The Redskins and Giants meeting for the 164th time, including postseason play. The Giants are the Redskins’ most common opponent.

• The Redskins gaining 336 yards to post consecutive 6,000-yard offensive seasons for the first time in team history.

• The Redskins posting the fourth 6,000-yard offensive season in team history (2012, 1989, 1983).

• The Redskins amassing 137 yards of offense to give them 11,932 yards in the last two seasons, matching the best two-year total in team history (1988-89).

• The Redskins accumulating 200 rushing yards in a game for the fourth time this season, matching last year’s total.

• The Redskins completing 13 passes to tie or 14 passes to break the team record for completions in a season (349 in 2010).

• The Redskins throwing 43 passes to tie or 44 passes to break the team record for pass attempts in a season (605 in 2010).

• The Redskins starting the same offensive line in all 16 games this season. The Redskins have lost only one man-game to injury on the offensive line since the start of the 2012 season.

• The Redskins tying a team record by scoring their sixth defensive touchdown in a season for the first time since 1984. That season, Washington received defensive scores from Vernon Dean (two interception returns), Monte Coleman (interception return), Darrell Green (interception return), Darryl Grant (fumble return) and Curtis Jordan (fumble return). The team also had six defensive touchdowns in 1971 and 1973.

• The Redskins returning a fifth interception for touchdown this season to tie the team record (five in 1971).

 

 

Offense:

• Tight end Fred Davis (162) catching six passes to match Bill Anderson (168) for fourth-most career receptions by a Redskins tight end in team history.

• Wide receiver Pierre Garçon improving upon his single-season team record 107 receptions.

• Garçon joining Jacksonville’s Jimmy Smith (2001) as the only players since the adoption of the 16-game schedule in 1978 to post at least five receptions in all 16 games of a season. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown can also accomplish the feat with a five-reception game on Sunday.

• Garçon, the NFL’s current receptions leader, becoming the first Redskin to lead the league in receptions since Monk in 1984.

• Garçon improving upon his single-season career highs in receptions (107) and receiving yards (1,290).

• Garçon catching a touchdown pass to match his single-season career high (six with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and 2011).

• Running back Alfred Morris rushing for 100 yards for the 11th time in his career.

• Morris scoring a rushing touchdown to give him 21 for his career and tie him with Andy Farkas and Gerald Riggs for 10th-most in team history.

• Morris (2,826 yards from 2012-13) chasing No. 8 LaDainian Tomlinson (2,919 from 2001-02) and No. 7 Ottis Anderson (2,957 from 1979- 80) on the NFL’s all-time list for rushing yards in a player’s first two NFL seasons.

• Morris (2,826) rushing for 174 yards to become only the seventh player in NFL history to rush for 3,000 yards in his first two seasons (Eric Dickerson, Edgerrin James, Chris Johnson, Earl Campbell, Adrian Peterson and Clinton Portis).

• Wide receiver Santana Moss scoring a touchdown to tie former teammate Clinton Portis for ninth-most total touchdowns in team history (49).

• Tight end Logan Paulsen catching two passes to surpass his career high for receptions in a season (25 in 2012).

 

 

Defense:

• Linebacker London Fletcher, the NFL’s active Iron Man, playing his 256th consecutive regular season game. Fletcher is one of only four players in NFL history to reach 250 consecutive games played (Jeff Feagles, Brett Favre and Jim Marshall).

• Fletcher starting his 215th consecutive regular season game, extending his record for most consecutive starts by a linebacker in NFL history.

• Cornerback DeAngelo Hall returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jessie Tuggle for the second-most in NFL history (five). Hall’s four career fumble return touchdowns are currently tied for third in NFL history with Bill Thompson, Derrick Thomas, Keith Bulluck and Ronde Barber.

• Hall returning a fumble for a touchdown to become the first player in NFL history with five fumble returns for touchdowns and five interception returns for touchdowns.

• Hall intercepting a pass to give him 24 interceptions as a member of the Redskins, which would tie him with Ken Houston for ninth-most in team history.

• Hall scoring a defensive touchdown to improve upon his team-record three defensive touchdowns this season (two via interception return, one via fumble return).

• Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recording a sack to set a new career high and take sole possession of 10th place in team history for career sacks. Kerrigan currently has 8.5 sacks for the season and 24.5 for his career.

• Kerrigan returning an interception for a touchdown to become the first linebacker in team history to have an interception return for touchdown in three consecutive seasons.

• Linebacker Brian Orakpo notching two sacks to tie Ken Harvey (41.5) for fourth on the team’s all-time sack list.

• Orakpo posting one sack to match his single-season career high (11.0 in 2009).

• Orakpo recording half a sack to become the fifth player in team history to register 40 sacks with the Redskins (Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, Monte Coleman and Ken Harvey).

 

A Win Would...

… snap a seven-game losing streak.

… be Washington’s first win against a divisional opponent this season.

… result in victories in consecutive season finales for the Redskins for the first time since winning the final games of the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

… be the Redskins’ first road win in a season finale since winning at Philadelphia in Week 17 of the 2005 season.

… give Washington season finale wins against a divisional opponent in consecutive years for the first time since defeating NFC East teams in three straight season finales across the 2000-02 seasons (pre-realignment Arizona in 2000 and 2001, Dallas in 2002).

… improve the Redskins to 2-2 all-time against the Giants at MetLife Stadium and give Washington its first road win against the Giants since Dec. 18, 2011.

… give Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan his 179th career victory as a head coach, including postseason games.

… be Shanahan’s 171st career regular season victory as a head coach.