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2017 Game Information: Redskins-Chargers

Posted Dec 5, 2017

Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Chargers 2017 Week 14 matchup at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Chargers 2017 Week 14 matchup at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.


REGULAR SEASON WEEK 14
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-7) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-6)

Sunday, Dec. 5 | 4:05 p.m. ET

StubHub Center (30,000) | Carson, Calif.

– Download the full game release (PDF)

The Washington Redskins will travel across the country this week for their third West Coast game of the season when the team faces the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14. Kickoff at the StubHub Center is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.

The West Coast has been kind to the Redskins thus far in 2017. The Redskins are 2-0 in the Pacific Time Zone this year, including a 27-20 road win against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 and a 17-14 road win against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9. Additionally, the Redskins won both home games this season against teams that call the Pacific Time Zone home, including a Week 3 win against the Oakland Raiders and a Week 6 win against the San Francisco 49ers, giving the Redskins a perfect 4-0 mark against teams from the nation’s western-most time zone this year.

The Redskins are in the midst of their first and only two-game road swing of the 2017 regular season. After playing road contests in Weeks 13-14, the team will return to FedExField for its only two-game homestand of the season in Weeks 15-16.

SERIES HISTORY
--Redskins lead all-time series, 7-3

--All meetings in regular season play

--Last meeting: Nov. 3, 2013 (30-24 OT, WAS)

TELEVISION: CBS
--Ian Eagle (play-by-play)

--Dan Fouts (color)

--Evan Washburn (sidelines)

RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
--Larry Michael (play-by-play)
--Chris Cooley (analysis)
--Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)

Compass Media Network
--Gregg Daniels (play-by-play)
--Brian Baldinger (color)

THE OPPONENT
The Los Angeles Chargers enter Week 14 at 6-6 and tied for first place in the AFC West. This is the team’s first season under the purview of Head Coach Anthony Lynn. 

Philip Rivers is the team’s starter at quarterback in his 14th NFL season. This season, Rivers has completed 272-of-431 passes (63.1 percent) for 3,292 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His 3,292 passing yards this season rank fourth in the NFL.

Running back Melvin Gordon leads the Chargers in rushing this year, having posted 775 rushing yards on 207 carries with five touchdowns. Austin Ekeler has also contributed 198 rushing yards on 41 attempts with two touchdowns. Wide receiver Keenan Allen leads the Chargers in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,032) and receiving touchdowns (five). Tight end Hunter Henry has added 38 receptions for 501 yards with three receiving touchdowns.

Safety Jahleel Addae is leading the Chargers with a team-high 81 tackles (57 solo) through 12 games. Defensive end Joey Bosa has a team-high 11.5 sacks, while safety Tre Boston and cornerback Casey Hayward are tied for the team lead in interceptions (four).

Travis Coons has handled kicking duties for the Chargers since being signed in Week 13, while Drew Kaser handles the punting responsibilities. Coons was 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) on field goal attempts in his Chargers debut last week. Kaser is averaging 48.5 yards per punt on 55 punts this season.

Travis Benjamin has served as the team’s primary punt returner in 2017, while Desmond King has handled kick returns. Benjamin has averaged 8.3 yards on 21 punt returns with one touchdown. King has averaged 20.8 yards on 15 kick returns.

A WIN WOULD

... make the Redskins 6-7 this season.

... push the Redskins’ road record this season to 3-4.

... make the Redskins 2-1 against AFC competition this season.

... improve the Redskins to 3-0 in the Pacific Time Zone this season and 5-0 against teams from the Pacific Time Zone in any location.

... give the Redskins an 8-3 all-time record against the Chargers.

... push the Redskins’ all-time road record against the Chargers to 3-2.

... represent consecutive victories for the Redskins against the Chargers, dating back to the Redskins’ 30-24 overtime win in the teams’ last meeting at FedExField on Nov. 3, 2013.

... earn back-to-back wins for the Redskins against the Chargers for the first time since opening the all-time series between the two teams with six straight victories across the 1973-98 seasons.

... represent Head Coach Jay Gruden’s 27th career victory, moving him past Joe Kuharich for sole possession of the fifth-most coaching victories in franchise history.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK

  • The Redskins facing the Chargers for the first time since the franchise’s move to Los Angeles.
  • The Redskins improving to 8-3 all-time against the Chargers.
  • The Redskins pushing their road record against the Chargers to 3-2 all-time.
  • The Redskins seeking consecutive victories against the Chargers, dating back to the Redskins’ 30-24 overtime win in the teams’ last meeting at FedExField on Nov. 3, 2013.
  • The Redskins earning back-to-back wins against the Chargers for the first time since opening the all-time series between the two teams with six straight victories across the 1973-98 seasons.
  • The Redskins improving to 2-1 against AFC opponents this season.
  • The Redskins finishing the season with a 3-0 record in games played in the Pacific Time Zone and a 5-0 record in games against teams from the Pacific Time Zone (including home victories against the Raiders and 49ers).
  • The Redskins scoring a touchdown in their 49th straight game (including postseason play) to add to the fourth-longest streak in team history. Washington’s 48-game touchdown streak is the third longest active streak in the NFL.
  • The Redskins (272) scoring 28 points to reach 300 points in a sixth straight season, which would be the team’s longest streak since 1994-99.
  • The Redskins limiting an opponent to fewer than 200 yards of offense in a game for a third time this season, which would be the team’s most since 2007 (three).
  • The Redskins holding an opponent to seven or fewer first downs for a third time this season, which would be the team’s most in a single season since 1945, according to records provided by Pro Football Reference.
  • The Redskins limiting an opponent to only one rushing first down in a third game this year for the first time in a season in records dating back to 1999.
  • The Redskins allowing fewer than 100 net passing yards in three consecutive regular season games for the first time since a five-game streak across the 1972-73 campaigns.
  • The Redskins scoring points on their opening possession for a ninth time this season, which would represent the most opening-drive scores by the Redskins in a single season in records dating back to 1999. The Redskins’ eight games this season with an opening-drive score are tied for the third-most in the NFL.
  • The Redskins recording a takeaway on an opponent’s opening drive for a fifth time this season to record their most opening-drive takeaways in records dating back to 1999.
  • Head Coach Jay Gruden winning his 27th game with the Redskins to pass Joe Kuharich for sole possession of the fifth-most coaching victories in franchise history.
  • Linebacker Zach Brown entering the game as the NFL’s leader in tackles (117), according to NFL GSIS. He is attempting to be the first member of the Redskins to lead the league in the category since London Fletcher in 2011.
  • Quarterback Kirk Cousins starting his 45th consecutive regular season game for the Redskins, adding to the second-longest streak by a Redskins quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, trailing only Joe Theismann (60 from 1980-84).
  • Cousins entering the game third in NFL history in completion percentage (66.0) among players with at least 1,500 career attempts.
  • Cousins adding to his team records for career 300-yard passing games (24, including 23 in regular season play) and 400-yard passing games (three).
  • Cousins recording his sixth 300-yard passing game of the season to pass Mark Rypien (1989), Jay Schroeder (1986) and Sonny Jurgensen (1967) for sole possession of the third most 300-yard passing games in a single season in Redskins history. Cousins already holds the top two spots for 300-yard games in a season with seven in each of the past two years.
  • Cousins throwing for 200 or more yards in an 11th consecutive game, already the second-longest streak in team history behind his 13-game streak across the 2016-17 seasons.
  • Cousins throwing multiple touchdown passes in four straight games for the second time this season (Weeks 3-7).
  • Cousins (93) passing for seven touchdowns to join Sammy Baugh (187), Sonny Jurgensen (179), Joe Theismann (160), Billy Kilmer (103) and Mark Rypien (101) as the only players to throw 100 career touchdown passes with the Redskins.
  • Cousins (1,969) entering the week 31 pass attempts away from becoming the fifth quarterback to attempt 2,000 career passes with the Redskins.
  • Cousins (15,402) sitting 526 yards behind Mark Rypien (15,928) for the fourth-most career passing yards in Redskins history.
  • Cousins (3,289) throwing for 275 yards to enter the Top 10 in passing yards in a single season in Redskins history.
  • Cousins (21) throwing four touchdown passes to become the first quarterback in team history to record three 25-touchdown seasons.
  • Cousins (21) throwing three touchdown passes to enter the Top 10 in passing touchdowns in a single season in Redskins history.
  • Cousins posting his 10th career game with three or more passing touchdowns and no interceptions to move past Jurgensen and Theismann (nine each) for the most in team history.
  • Cousins (275) chasing No. 10 Trent Green (278 in 1998), No. 9 Mark Rypien (280 in 1989), No. 8 Joe Theismann (283 in 1983), No. 7 Sonny Jurgensen (288 in 1967), and No. 6 Theismann (293 in 1981) on the team’s list of completions in a single season.
  • Cousins adding to his single-season career-high 151 rushing yards this year.
  • Cousins (two rushing touchdowns in Week 10) scoring multiple rushing touchdowns to become the first member of the Redskins with two multi-touchdown games on the ground in a single season since Alfred Morris (two) in 2014.
  • Cousins (12) chasing Joe Theismann (17) for the most career rushing touchdowns by a Redskins quarterback.
  • Wide receiver Jamison Crowder becoming the first member of the Redskins to record 65 or more receiving yards in six straight games since Santana Moss in Weeks 1-7 of the 2005 season.
  • Crowder (two) matching his single-season career high with his third 100-yard receiving game of the season (three in 2016).
  • Crowder (one) returning a punt for a touchdown to become the eighth Redskins player to record multiple career punt return touchdowns, joining Brian Mitchell, Rickie Harris, Dick Todd, Bert Zagers, Cliff Battles, Mike Nelms and Johnny Williams.
  • Tight end Vernon Davis (540) catching two passes to pass No. 10 Kellen Winslow (541) and eight passes to pass No. 9 Jeremy Shockey (547) for career receptions by a tight end in NFL history.
  • Davis (6,966) gaining 34 receiving yards to become only the ninth tight end in NFL history to record 7,000 career receiving yards.
  • Davis (58) chasing former Redskins great Jerry Smith (60) for seventh on the list of career touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history.
  • Wide receiver Josh Doctson catching a touchdown in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.
  • Doctson becoming the first member of the Redskins to catch a touchdown in three straight games since Crowder in Weeks 8-11 of the 2016 season.
  • Cornerback Kendall Fuller adding to his team-leading and career-high four interceptions this season.
  • Fuller (four) becoming the first member of the Redskins to pick off five passes in a single season since linebacker London Fletcher in 2012. He would be the first Redskins defensive back to accomplish the feat since DeAngelo Hall (six) in 2010.
  • Fuller recording his fifth interception of the season at age 22 to become the youngest member of the Redskins to pick off five passes in a season since Tom Carter (six at age 21) in 1993, according to records provided by Pro Football Reference.
  • Wide receiver Ryan Grant adding to his single-season career highs in receptions (36), receiving yards (417) and receiving touchdowns (four) this season.
  • Grant catching a touchdown pass in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. » Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history.
  • Hall (three with Washington) returning another fumble for a touchdown to break the team record for career fumble return touchdowns (three by Chris Hanburger and Brad Dusek).
  • Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players.
  • Hall intercepting a pass to tie Ken Houston (24) for ninth-most in team history.
  • Hall entering the game tied for the lead among active NFL players in career non-offensive touchdowns (10, tied with Aqib Talib).
  • Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis adding to his career-high 3.5 sacks.
  • Ioannidis (3.5) recording 2.5 sacks to tie Chris Baker (6.0 in 2015) and Stephen Bowen (6.0 in 2011) for the most sacks in a season by a Redskins defensive lineman since the team’s transition to a 3-4 base in 2010.
  • Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 109th consecutive regular season game, the longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career.
  • Kerrigan entering the game as one of only five players in NFL history to record 7.5 sacks in each of the first seven seasons of a career since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982 (Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White).
  • Kerrigan (9.0) recording a sack to record his third career 10- sack season and join Charles Mann (five) and Dexter Manley (four) as the only Redskins to record at least three 10-sack seasons since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982. (Note: Coy Bacon unofficially notched three 10-sack seasons from 1978-80 prior to sacks becoming official).
  • Kerrigan (9.0) notching a sack to give him back-to-back 10-sack seasons for the first time in his career.
  • Kerrigan (9.0) becoming the first member of the Redskins with consecutive 10-sack campaigns since 1985-86, when both Mann and Manley accomplished the feat.
  • Kerrigan recording his fourth career interception return touchdown to take sole possession of second-most in franchise history. He is currently tied with DeAngelo Hall, Monte Coleman, Andre Collins, Brig Owens and Mike Bass (three each).
  • Kerrigan tying a team record with his second interception return touchdown of the season (Pug Rentner, 1936; Dan Sandifer, 1948; Dale Hackbart, 1961; Vernon Dean, 1984; Andre Collins, 1994; DeAngelo Hall, 2013).
  • Tight end Jordan Reed entering the contest with 19 receiving touchdowns since 2015, second-most by any NFL tight end in that time frame.
  • Reed (seven) scoring multiple receiving touchdowns to tie Gary Clark (eight) for fifth-most games with multiple touchdown receptions by a member of the Redskins since 1960.
  • Reed (2,813) gaining 117 receiving yards to pass Bill Anderson (2,929) for the third-most career receiving yards by a tight end in Redskins history.
  • Reed (2,813) gaining 187 receiving yards to join Jerry Smith and Chris Cooley as the only tight ends to record 3,000 career receiving yards as a member of the Redskins.
  • Kicker Nick Rose adding to his active streak of seven consecutive made field goal attempts. Rose is 10-of-11 on field goal attempts since joining the Redskins in Week 7.
  • Safety D.J. Swearinger (three) breaking his single-season career high (three in 2016) with his next interception.
  • Swearinger (two in Week 10) recording multiple interceptions to become the first member of the Redskins since Darrell Green (two in 1993) to record multiple games with two or more interceptions in a single season.
  • Punter Tress Way (23) adding to his single-season career high in punts downed inside the 20.

NOTABLE REDSKINS/CHARGERS CONNECTIONS

Former Chargers on Redskins:

  • Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky (2002-06, 2011)
  • Quarterbacks Coach Kevin O’Connell (2012)
  • Outside Linebackers Coach Chad Grimm (2013-14)

Former Redskins on Chargers:

  • Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (1989-90)
  • K Nick Novak (2005-06) QB Kellen Clemens (2011)

Chargers from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:

  • K Nick Novak (Charlottesville, Va.)
  • CB Trevor Williams (Baltimore, Md.)

Redskins from California:

Chargers who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:

  • K Nick Novak (Maryland)
  • T Michael Ola (Hampton)

Redskins who went to college in California:

Notable Pro Connections:

  • Head Coach Jay Gruden worked with Chargers Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2006-08.
  • Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh worked with Chargers Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach George Stewart for the San Francisco 49ers in 1996.
  • Chargers Head Coach Anthony Flynn also played on the 49ers in 1996.
  • Cavanaugh (2009-12), Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (2007-13), Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2008-11) and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham (2014-16) worked with Anthony Lynn (2009-14) and Offensive Quality Control Coach Dan Shamash (2008) for the New York Jets.
  • Quarterbacks Coach Kevin O’Connell also played on the Jets from 2009-11.
  • Cavanaugh worked with Chargers Offensive Line Coach Pat Meyer for the Chicago Bears from 2013-14.
  • Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky worked with Chargers Running Backs Coach Alfredo Roberts for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012-15.
  • Outside Linebackers Coach Chad Grimm worked with Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach John Lott and Tight Ends Coach John McNulty for the Arizona Cardinals from 2009-12.
  • Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O’Hara worked with Gus Bradley and Dan Shamash for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2014-16.
  • Chargers LB Hayes Pullard played on the Chargers from 2015-16.
  • Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews worked with Tight Ends Coach John McNulty and Defensive Line Coach Giff Smith for the Tennessee Titans from 2014-15.
  • Matthews worked with Chargers Quarterbacks Coach Shane Steichen for the Cleveland Browns in 2013. Chargers WR Travis Benjamin also played on the Browns in 2013.
  • Matthews worked with Giff Smith for the Buffalo Bills from 2010-11.
  • Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray worked for the Chicago Bears when Chargers Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Chris Harris played there in 2005.
  • Gruden, Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard and Assistant Special Teams Coach Bret Munsey worked for the Florida Tuskers when Chargers K Nick Novak played there in 2010.
  • Cavanaugh worked for the Chicago Bears when Chargers T Michael Ola played there in 2014. Munsey worked for the Philadelphia Eagles when Chargers DT Damion Square played there in 2013.
  • Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula worked for the San Francisco 49ers when Chargers G/T Kenny Wiggins played there from 2012-13.
  • S DeAngelo Hall played on the Atlanta Falcons when George Stewart worked there from 2004-06.
  • DL Ziggy Hood played on the Jacksonville Jaguars when Gus Bradley and Dan Shamash worked there in 2014.
  • LB Zach Brown played on the Tennessee Titans when John McNulty and Giff Smith worked there from 2014-15. Brown also played on the Buffalo Bills when Anthony Lynn and Pat Meyer worked there in 2016.
  • LB Chris Carter played on the Indianapolis Colts when Alfredo Roberts worked there in 2014.
  • TE Vernon Davis played on the Denver Broncos when Chargers Assistant Offensive Line Coach James Cregg worked there in 2015. Chargers OL Michael Schofield also played on the Broncos in 2015.
  • QB Colt McCoy played on the Cleveland Browns when Dan Shamash worked there in 2010. McCoy also played with Chargers WR Travis Benjamin on the Browns in 2012.
  • S D.J. Swearinger played on the Arizona Cardinals when John Lott worked there from 2015-16.
  • T Ty Nsekhe (2012) and WR Brian Quick (2012-16) played with Chargers T Joe Barksdale (2012-15), ILB Korey Toomer (2014-15) and QB Kellen Clemens (2011-14) on the St. Louis Rams.
  • CB Josh Norman played with Chargers S Tre Boston on the Carolina Panthers from 2014-15.
  • LB Zach Brown played with Chargers QB Cardale Jones on the Buffalo Bills in 2016.
  • LB Zach Vigil played with Chargers DE Chris McCain on the Miami Dolphins from 2015-16.
  • DL Ziggy Hood played with Chargers T Michael Ola on the Chicago Bears in 2015.
  • DL Stacy McGee and C Tony Bergstrom played with Chargers ILB Korey Toomer on the Oakland Raiders in 2015.
  • TE Vernon Davis and QB Colt McCoy played with Chargers G/T Kenny Wiggins on the San Francisco 49ers in 2013.

Notable College Connections:

  • Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O’Hara (2011-13) worked at Miami when Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (2008-11), ILB Denzel Perryman (2011-14) and S Rayshawn Jenkins (2012-16) played there.
  • Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan worked at Texas A&M when Chargers P Drew Kaser played there in 2011. S Deshazor Everett also played at A&M in 2011.
  • WR Maurice Harris played with Chargers WR Keenan Allen and DE Chris McCain at California in 2012.
  • LS Nick Sundberg played with Chargers NT Brandon Mebane at California from 2005-06.
  • LB Zach Brown played with Chargers S Tre Boston at North Carolina from 2010-11.
  • LB Martrell Spaight and TE Jeremy Sprinkle played with Chargers TE Hunter Henry and DE Darius Philon at Arkansas from 2013-14.
  • S D.J. Swearinger played with Chargers DE Melvin Ingram at South Carolina from 2009-11.
  • G Brandon Scherff played with Chargers CB Desmond King at Iowa from 2013-14.
  • TE Vernon Davis played with Chargers K Nick Novak at Maryland from 2003-04.
  • C Tony Bergstrom played with Chargers DT Tenny Palepoi at Utah in 2012.
  • K Nick Rose played with Chargers S Adrian Phillips at Texas from 2012-13.
  • LB Chris Carter played with Chargers G/T Kenny Wiggins at Fresno State from 2007-08.
  • CB Bashaud Breeland played with Chargers WR Mike Williams at Clemson in 2013.

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