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Redskins Insider: What To Watch For, Week 8

Posted Oct 27, 2013

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


Head Coach/Team:

• Executive Vice President Mike Shanahan returning to Denver, where he won two Super Bowl titles in 14 years as the Broncos’ head coach from 1995-2008.

• Shanahan facing Denver as a head coach for the first time since Sept. 24, 1989 as coach of the Los Angeles Raiders.

• The Redskins scoring 45 points in consective games for the first time in team history.

• The Redskins reaching the 40-point mark in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 11-12 of the 1991 season.

• The Redskins surpassing 450 total yards for a second consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 3-4 of the 2006 season.

• The Redskins breaking the 400-yard barrier for a third consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 7-9 of the 1983 season.

• The Redskins rushing for 200 yards in a third consecutive game for the first time in team history.

• The Redskins scoring three rushing touchdowns in consecutive regular season games for the fifth time in team history and the first time since Weeks 2-3 of the 1999 season.

• The Redskins maintaining a yards per carry average above 5.0 for the season. Washington’s 5.22 yards per carry last season were a team record and marked the first time the team had broken 5.0 yards per carry for a season. The Redskins are averaging 5.15 yards per carry this season.

• The Redskins forcing a turnover in their 11th straight regular season game, dating back to last year. The Redskins’ current 10-game streak is their longest under Shanahan. An 11th straight game would be the Redskins’ longest takeaway streak since an 11-game streak from Weeks 7-17 of the 2005 season.

• The Redskins scoring their fifth defensive touchdown in a season for the first time since 1994.

 

Offense:

• Quarterback Robert Griffin III throwing for 300 yards for the fourth time in a season for the first time in his career. Griffin III has had three 300-yard passing games in both 2012 and the first four games of 2013.

• Griffin III joining Sonny Jurgensen (five in 1967), Joe Theismann (four in 1983), Jay Schroeder (five in 1986), Mark Rypien (five in 1989), and Brad Johnson (four in 1999) as the only players in team history to register at least four 300-yard passing games in a season.

• Griffin III recording his seventh career 300-yard passing game to tie Sammy Baugh and Jay Schroeder for fourth-most in team history.

• Griffin III (five) throwing for 200 yards and rushing for 75 yards to tie Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick (six) for the most games in NFL history with at least 200 passing yards and at least 75 rushing yards.

• Griffin III rushing for 75 yards for a third consecutive game for the first time in his career.

• Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson catching a touchdown pass to match his single-season career high from last season (three).

• Running back Roy Helu, Jr. improving upon his career-high four rushing touchdowns this season.

• Helu, Jr. scoring a rushing touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 12-13 of the 2011 season.

• Running back Alfred Morris posting his ninth career 100-yard game to tie Ladell Betts for ninth-most in team history.

• Wide receiver Santana Moss scoring a touchdown to tie Stephen Davis for 10th-most total touchdowns in team history (48). With two touchdowns, he can tie former teammate Clinton Portis for ninth (49).

• Moss recording four receptions to pass Gary Clark (549) for third in team history for career receptions as a Redskin.

• Moss catching three passes to become the ninth active player to reach 700 career receptions.

• Moss amassing 71 receiving yards to become the seventh active player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards (Tony Gonzalez, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin).

• Tight end Jordan Reed (26 receptions) catching 12 passes to surpass Stephen Alexander (37 in 1998) and Chris Cooley (37 in 2004) for most receptions in a season by a Redskins rookie tight end.

• Reed gaining 100 receiving yards to join Jerry Smith (3 in 1967, 2 in 1968) as the only Redskins tight ends with multiple 100-yard games in a single season. Smith was the last to do it in consecutive games (Weeks 12-13 in 1968).

 

Defense:

• Linebacker London Fletcher, the NFL’s active Iron Man, playing his 247th consecutive regular season game, extending his record by a defensive player since the 1970 merger.

• Fletcher starting his 206th consecutive regular season game as he continues to chase Derrick Brooks for the most consecutive starts by a linebacker in NFL history (208).

• Fletcher intercepting a pass to tie Rich Milot (13) for the fourth-most interceptions by a linebacker in team history.

• Fletcher registering an interception to take sole possession of the league lead for the most interceptions by a linebacker since 2007. Fletcher and now-retired Brian Urlacher each have 12 interceptions since Fletcher joined the Redskins in 2007.

• Fletcher maintaining his status as the only active player with at least 30 career sacks (38.0) and at least 20 career interceptions (23).

• 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 intercepting a pass to give him 21 interceptions as a member of the Redskins, which would tie him with Vernon Dean and Lemar Parrish for 10th-most in franchise history.

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

• Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recording 3.5 sacks to tie Wilber Marshall for the 10th-most career sacks by a Redskin (24.5).

• 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 (32.5 career sacks, seventh-most in team history) chasing Andre Carter (34.0, sixth) and Dave Butz (35.5, fifth) on the Redskins’ all-time sack list.

 

 

A Win Would...

… give the Redskins win in consecutive games for the first time this season.

… even the Redskins’ road record at 2-2 this season.

… break a 6-6 deadlock in the all-time series between the Redskins and Broncos, including postseason play.

… level the Redskins’ regular season series with the Broncos at 6-6.

… push the Redskins to 2-0 against the AFC West this season.

… give Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan his 178th career victory as a head coach, including postseason games.

… be Shanahan’s 170th career regular season victory as a head coach.

… be the Redskins’ first win in Denver since Washington defeated Shanahan and the Broncos, 17-10, on Nov. 18, 2001.

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