Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Broncos 2017 Week 16 matchup at FedExField in Landover, Md.
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 16DENVER BRONCOS (5-9) at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-8)
Sunday, Dec. 24 | 1:00 p.m. ET
FedExField (82,000) | Landover, Md.
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The Washington Redskins will make their final appearance at FedExField in 2017 when the team plays host to the Denver Broncos in Week 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
The Redskins are seeking a third consecutive home win, which would give them a home winning streak of three or more games to end a season for the first time since winning their final four home games in 2012.
The Redskins received superlative performances from a pair of young pass rushers in last week’s 20-15 win against the Arizona Cardinals. Second-year defensive lineman Anthony Lanier II recorded a career-high 2.0 sacks and became only the second Redskins defensive lineman in records dating back to 1991 to record three passes defensed in a single game. Meanwhile, third-year linebacker Preston Smith became the first member of the Redskins to record a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception in a single game since Monte Coleman in December 1993. In all, the Redskins recorded a season-high five sacks and recorded their most passes defensed (13) in a game since the team’s 2005 season finale at Philadelphia (Jan. 1, 2006).
SERIES HISTORY--Redskins trail all-time series, 6-7
--Redskins trail regular season series, 5-7
--Last meeting: Oct. 27, 2013 (45-21, DEN)
TELEVISION: CBS--Spero Dedes (play-by-play)
--Adam Archuleta (color)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network--Larry Michael (play-by-play)
--Sonny Jurgensen (color)
--Chris Cooley (analysis)
--Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)
The Denver Broncos enter Week 16 of the regular season in fourth place in the AFC West with a 5-9 record. This is the team’s first season under the purview of Head Coach Vance Joseph.
The Washington Redskins traveled to the Denver Broncos for the Week 8 contest. Here are the highlights.
Three different quarterbacks have started for the Broncos in 2017: Trevor Siemian (10), Brock Osweiler (three) and Paxton Lynch (one). Osweiler, now in his sixth NFL season., finished the team’s victory against Indianapolis last week and has completed 74-of-134 passes (55.2 percent) for 895 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions this season.
Running back C.J. Anderson leads the Broncos in rushing this year, having posted 858 rushing yards on 211 carries with two rushing touchdowns. Jamaal Charles has also contributed 296 rushing yards on 69 attempts and one touchdown on the ground.
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas leads the Broncos in receptions (73), receiving yards (840) and receiving touchdowns (four). Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has added 47 receptions for 555 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall leads the Broncos with a teamhigh 92 tackles (65 solo) through 14 games. Linebacker Von Miller has a team-high 10.0 sacks, while safety Justin Simmons, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. and safety Darian Stewart are tied for the team lead in interceptions (two).
Brandon McManus handles the kicking duties for the Broncos, while Riley Dixon handles the punting responsibilities. McManus is 22-of-30 (73.3 percent) on field goal attempts this season. He is also 24-of-24 on PATs. Dixon is averaging 46.1 yards per punt.
Isaiah McKenzie has served as the team’s primary punt returner in 2017, while Devontae Booker has handled kick returns. McKenzie has averaged 8.7 yards on 21 punt returns. Booker has averaged 20.8 yards on 12 kick returns.
A WIN WOULD
... make the Redskins 7-8 this season.
... give the Redskins consecutive wins for the first time since Weeks 2-3.
... finalize the Redskins’ home record this season at 5-3.
... represent five wins at FedExField in a season for the Redskins for the first time since 2015 (six) and the sixth time since 2000.
... push the Redskins’ home winning streak to three games for the first time since a four-game home winning streak in Weeks 4-11 of the 2016 season.
... conclude the Redskins’ home slate with a three-game winning streak for the first time since the team closed their 2012 regular season on a four-game home winning streak.
... even the Redskins’ all-time record with the Broncos, including postseason play, at 7-7.
... level the Redskins’ record against AFC West opponents this season at 2-2.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
- The Redskins improving to 7-8 this season.
- The Redskins winning back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 2-3.
- The Redskins finishing the 2017 season with a 5-3 record at home.
- The Redskins earning five wins at FedExField in a season for the first time since 2015 (six) and the sixth time since 2000.
- The Redskins pushing their home winning streak to three games for the first time since a four-game home winning streak in Weeks 4-11 of the 2016 season.
- The Redskins finishing their home slate on a three-game winning streak for the first time since closing their 2012 regular season on a four-game home winning streak.
- The Redskins attempting to even their all-time record with the Broncos, including postseason play, at 7-7.
- The Redskins hosting the Broncos for the first time since earning a 27-17 victory against Denver at FedExField on Nov. 15, 2009.
- The Redskins playing the second game of their only set of back-to-back home games in 2017. The two-game homestand in Weeks 15-16 marks the latest in a season the Redskins have had their first set of back-to-back home games since the NFL adopted the 16-game schedule in 1978.
- The Redskins finishing the season 2-2 against AFC West opponents. The Redskins earned a 27-10 home win against the Oakland Raiders in Week 3.
- The Redskins scoring a touchdown in their 51st straight game (including postseason play) to take sole possession of the third-longest streak in team history, breaking a tie for third place with a streak set across the 1989-92 seasons. Washington’s 50-game touchdown streak is the third-longest active streak in the NFL.
- The Redskins (4,616) gaining 384 yards of offense to reach 5,000 yards for a 13th consecutive season. Only five other NFL teams entered the year with an active streak of 12 or more seasons with 5,000 yards (Packers, Saints, Patriots, Eagles and Cowboys).
- The Redskins throwing a touchdown pass to record three consecutive seasons with 25 touchdown passes for the first time in team history.
- The Redskins holding opponents without a touchdown in back-to-back games for the first time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
- The Redskins holding multiple opponents without a touchdown in a single season for the first time since 2007 (four games).
- The Redskins limiting a second straight opponent to 15 or fewer points for the first time since Weeks 4-5 of the 2010 season.
- The Redskins holding consecutive opponents to fewer than 300 yards of offense for the second time this season (Weeks 12-13).
- The Redskins sacking opponents five or more times in consecutive contests for the first time since Weeks 15-16 of the 2016 season.
- The Redskins posting a positive turnover margin in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch in Weeks 9-11.
- 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 scoring points on their opening possession for a 10th time this season, adding to the most opening-drive scores by the Redskins in a single season in records dating back to 1999.
- The Redskins recording a takeaway on an opponent’s opening drive for a sixth time this season to add to their most opening-drive takeaways in records dating back to 1999.
- Cornerback Bashaud Breeland intercepting his second pass of the season to become the first member of the Redskins to open a career with four consecutive multi-interception seasons since Fred Smoot (2001-04).
- Breeland 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).
- Linebacker Zach Brown entering the game as the NFL’s leader in tackles (127), according to NFL GSIS, despite missing Week 15. He is attempting to be the first member of the Redskins to lead the league in the category since London Fletcher in 2011.
- Quarterback Trent Williams starting his 47th 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 (65.9) among players with at least 1,500 career attempts.
- Cousins (96) passing for four 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 (24) throwing a touchdown pass to become the first quarterback in team history to record three 25-touchdown seasons.
- Cousins (15,749) throwing for 180 yards to pass Mark Rypien (15,928) for the fourth-most career passing yards in Redskins history.
- Cousins (466) throwing 13 passes to enter the Top 10 in passing attempts in a single-season in team history.
- Cousins (308) chasing No. 5 Jason Campbell (315 in 2008), No. 4 Brad Johnson (316 in 1999) and No. 3 Campbell (327 in 2009) on the team’s leaderboard for completions in a single season.
- Cousins (3,636) throwing for 364 yards to record the fifth 4,000-yard passing season in team history. Cousins is already responsible for two of the previous four 4,000-yard seasons in franchise annals.
- Cousins throwing for 4,000 yards in three straight seasons. He would be only the 11th quarterback in NFL history to record a streak of at least three consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons, joining Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Dan Fouts, Trent Green, Eli Manning and Dan Marino. (NOTE: Russell Wilson can also accomplish the feat this season).
- Cousins (3,636) chasing No. 7 Joe Theismann (3,714 in 1983), No. 6 Sonny Jurgensen (3,747 in 1967), No. 5 Mark Rypien (3,768 in 1989) and No. 4 Brad Johnson (4,005 in 1999) on the team’s leaderboard for passing yards in a single season.
- Cousins (24) needing two touchdowns to pass himself (25 in 2016) and Sammy Baugh (25 in 1947) for sixth-most touchdown passes in a season in franchise history.
- 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 no interceptions in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game span in Weeks 2-4.
NOTABLE REDSKINS/BRONCOS CONNECTIONS
- Broncos T Cyrus Kouandjio is the younger brother of Redskins G Arie Kouandjio
Former Broncos on Redskins:
- TE Vernon Davis (2015)
- RB Kapri Bibbs (2014-16)
Former Redskins on Broncos:
- Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave (2005)
- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith (1994-95)
Broncos from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods (North Vandergrift, Va.)
- OLB Shaquil Barrett (Baltimore, Md.)
- DE Zach Kerr (Virginia Beach, Va.)
- S Justin Simmons (Manassas, Va.)
Broncos who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Assistant Special Teams Coach Chris Gould (Virginia)
- G Max Garcia (Maryland)
Redskins who went to college in Colorado:
- RB Kapri Bibbs (Colorado State)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky (2007-10) and Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula (2007-15) worked with Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph (2005-10), Defensive Assistant/Defensive Line Coach Chris Beake (2010), Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Johnnie Lynn (2006-10) and Tight Ends Coach Geep Chryst (2011-15) for the San Francisco 49ers.
- Head Coach Jay Gruden worked with Broncos Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004-05.
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips worked with Broncos Linebackers Coach Reggie Herring for the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.
- Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh worked with Broncos Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach Eric Studesville for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98. Cavanaugh also worked with Reggie Herring for the Chicago Bears in 2014.
- Cavanaugh worked with Johnnie Lynn for the San Francisco 49ers in 1996. Cavanaugh and Lynn also worked together for the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.
- Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews worked with Broncos Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar, Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert and Eric Studesville for the Buffalo Bills in 2008.
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan and Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan worked with Broncos Outside Linebackers Coach Fred Pagac for the Oakland Raiders from 2001-03.
- Assistant Special Teams Coach Bret Munsey worked for the Philadelphia Eagles when Broncos G Allen Barbre played there in 2013.
- Manusky worked for the Indianapolis Colts when Broncos DE Zach Kerr played there from 2014-16. Broncos LB Deiontrez Mount also played on the Colts in 2016.
- Matthews worked for the Tennessee Titans when Broncos LB Deiontrez Mount played there in 2015.
- Gruden worked for the Cincinnati Bengals when Broncos NT Domata Peko Sr. played there from 2011-13.
- Gruden and Hilliard worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Broncos CB Aqib Talib played there in 2008.
- TE Vernon Davis (2006-15) and QB Colt McCoy (2013) played on the San Francisco 49ers when Vance Joseph (2005-10), Chris Beake (2010) and Geep Chryst (2011-15) worked there.
- DL Terrell McClain (2012-13) and S D.J. Swearinger (2013-14) played on the Houston Texans when Vance Joseph (2011-13), Bill Kollar (2009-14), Reggie Herring (2011-13) and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith (2010-13) worked there.
- LB Zach Vigil played on the Miami Dolphins when Vance Joseph was there in 2016.
- S DeAngelo Hall (2004-07) played on the Atlanta Falcons when Bill Musgrave (2006-10) and Chris Beake (2004-06) worked there.
- C Tony Bergstrom (2012-15) and DL Stacy McGee (2013-16) played on the Oakland Raiders when Bill Musgrave (2015-16), Johnnie Lynn (2012-13) and Joe Woods (2014) worked there.
- QB Colt McCoy played on the Cleveland Browns when Chris Beake worked there from 2011-12.
- LB Zach Brown played with Broncos LB Deiontrez Mount on the Tennessee Titans in 2015.
- DL Ziggy Hood played with Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders on the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010-13.
- WR Brian Quick (2012-16) and T Ty Nsekhe (2012) played with Broncos S Darlan Stewart (2010-13) on the St. Louis Rams.
- DL Terrell McClain played with Broncos CB Aqib Talib on the New England Patriots in 2012.
Notable College Connections:
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan worked with Broncos Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar at Illinois from 1985-86.
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan worked with Broncos Quarterbacks Coach Clint Kubiak at Texas A&M from 2010-11.
- Broncos OLB Von Miller played at A&M in 2010.
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach Kevin Carberry worked at Kansas when Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. played there from 2009-10.
- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham worked at Temple when Broncos K Brandon McManus played there in 2012.
- S Deshazor Everett played at Texas A&M when Clint Kubiak worked there from 2011-12.
- C Tony Bergstrom played at Utah when Broncos Assistant to the Head Coach Phil Rauscher worked there in 2011.
- WR Maurice Harris played with Broncos RB C.J. Anderson at California in 2012.
- RB Kapri Bibbs played with Broncos OLB Shaquil Barrett at Colorado State in 2013.
- QB Colt McCoy played with Broncos RB Jamaal Charles at Texas from 2005-07.
- QB Kirk Cousins played with Broncos WR Bennie Fowler III at Michigan State from 2009-11.
- CB Quinton Dunbar played with Broncos G Max Garcia at Florida from 2012-14.
- LB Ryan Anderson played with Broncos T Cyrus Kouandjio at Alabama from 2013-14.
- RB LeShun Daniels (2013-16) and G Brandon Scherff (2011-14) played with Broncos LS Casey Kreiter (2010-13) at Iowa.
- DL Matt Ioannidis played with Broncos K Brandon McManus at Temple in 2012.
- CB Fabian Moreau played with Broncos CB Marcus Rios at UCLA from 2012-16.
- DL Stacy McGee (2009-12), P Tress Way (2008-12) and T Trent Williams (2006-09) played with Broncos T Donald Stephenson (2007-11) at Oklahoma.