REGULAR SEASON WEEK 15
ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-7) at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-8)
Sunday, Dec. 17 | 1:00 p.m. ET
FedExField (82,000) | Landover, Md.
The Washington Redskins will return to FedExField on Sunday for their first of back-to-back home contests in Weeks 15-16 when the team hosts the Arizona Cardinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
The Redskins enter the contest 3-0 against NFC West opponents this season, including wins against the Los Angeles Rams (27-20 in Week 2), San Francisco 49ers (26-24 in Week 6) and Seattle Seahawks (17-14 in Week 9). A win this week would give the Redskins a sweep of a full division for only the second time since divisional realignment in 2002, joining the squad’s 2005 sweep of the NFC West.
Sunday’s game marks the start of the Redskins’ only two-game homestand of the season. The games in Weeks 15-16 mark 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.
Tight end Vernon Davis, who was named on Monday as a finalist for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, moved into 10th all-time in career receptions by a tight end in NFL history last week. With six receptions Sunday, Davis can move past Jeremy Shockey (547) for ninth all-time.
SERIES HISTORY--Redskins lead all-time series, 74-46-2
--Last meeting: Dec. 4, 2016 (31-23, ARI)
TELEVISION: FOX--Kenny Albert (play-by-play)
--Ronde Barber (color)
--Kristina Pink (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network--Larry Michael (play-by-play)
--Sonny Jurgensen (color)
--Chris Cooley (analysis)
--Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)
THE OPPONENTThe Arizona Cardinals enter Week 15 of the regular season in third place in the NFC West with a 6-7 record. This is the team’s fifth season under the purview of Head Coach Bruce Arians.
Blaine Gabbert is the team’s starter at quarterback in his seventh NFL season. In four games this season, he has completed 79-of-130 passes (60.8 percent) for 897 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Carson Palmer began the season as the team’s starter before being placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured list following a Week 7 contest against the Los Angeles Rams.
Running back Adrian Peterson leads the Cardinals in rushing this year after joining the team via mid-season trade. He has posted 448 rushing yards on 129 carries with two touchdowns since joining the Cardinals. Running back Kerwynn Williams has also contributed 239 rushing yards on 64 attempts and one rushing touchdown.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the third-leading receiver in NFL history, leads the Cardinals in receptions (87), receiving yards (922) and receiving touchdowns (five). Wide receiver J.J. Nelson has added 27 receptions for 444 yards and two touchdowns.
Linebacker Karlos Dansby leads the Cardinals with 77 tackles (62 solo) through 13 games. Linebacker Chandler Jones has a team-high 14.0 sacks, while safety Antoine Bethea leads the team in interceptions (three).
Phil Dawson handles the kicking responsibilities for the Cardinals, while Andy Lee handles the punting responsibilities. Dawson is 22-of-30 (73.3 percent) on field goal attempts this season and is also 19-of-21 on PATs. Lee is averaging 46.6 yards per punt.
Williams has served as the team’s primary punt returner and kick returner in 2017. He has averaged 6.5 yards on 21 punt returns and 20.4 yards on 16 kickoff returns.
A WIN WOULD... make the Redskins 6-8 this season.
... push the Redskins’ home record this season to 4-3.
... give the Redskins three straight seasons with four or more wins at home for the first time since an eight-year stretch from 1995-2002.
... represent back-to-back wins at FedExField for the Redskins for the second time this season.
... result in a sweep of the NFC West for the Redskins in 2017 and give the Redskins only their second divisional sweep since realignment in 2002 (swept NFC West in 2005).
... make the Redskins 75-46-2 all-time against the Cardinals.
... be the Redskins’ eighth straight home win against the Cardinals dating back to 1999, adding to their longest active home winning streak against a single opponent.
... improve the Redskins to 48-20 all-time in home games against the Cardinals.
... 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 entering the game 3-0 against NFC West competition this season and attempting to sweep a division for only the second time since divisional realignment in 2002. The Redskins went 4-0 against the NFC West in 2005.
- The Redskins and Cardinals squaring off for the 123rd time. The 122-game series currently represents the Redskins’ third-most games played against any opponent and the most against an opponent in which the series does not include a postseason game.
- The Redskins seeking to improve upon their 74-46-2 all-time record against the Cardinals. The Redskins’ 74 wins against the Cardinals are the team’s second-most against any opponent.
- The Redskins winning their eighth straight home game against the Cardinals, dating back to 1999. The Redskins’ current seven-game home winning streak against the Cardinals is their longest active home streak against a single opponent.
- The Redskins adding to their 47-20 all-time record in home games against the Cardinals, including a 14-8 home record against the franchise as the Chicago Cardinals (1932-59), a 19-8 home record against the franchise as the St. Louis Cardinals (1960-87), and a 14-4 home record against the franchise since its move to Arizona (1988-present).
- The Redskins improving to 4-3 at home this season. It would give the Redskins three consecutive seasons with at least four home victories for the first time since an eight-year run across the 1995-2002 seasons.
- The Redskins scoring a touchdown in their 50th straight game (including postseason play) to tie the third-longest streak in team history, matching the mark set across the 1989-92 seasons. Washington’s 49-game touchdown streak is the third-longest active streak in the NFL.
- The Redskins (285) scoring 15 points to reach 300 points in a sixth straight season, which would be the team’s longest streak since 1994-99.
- The Redskins throwing three touchdown passes to record three consecutive seasons with 25 touchdown passes for the first time in team history.
- The Redskins recording a defensive touchdown in back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 7-8 of the 2013 season.
- 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 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.
- Cornerback Bashaud Breeland recording an interception in back-to-back games for the second time in his career and the first time since Weeks 5-6 of the 2015 season. WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
- 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).
- Breeland becoming the first member of the Redskins to record an interception return touchdown in consecutive games since the franchise’s move to Washington in 1937.
- Linebacker Zach Brown entering the game as the NFL’s leader in tackles (127), 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 Trent Williams starting his 46th 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 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 (94) passing for six 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 (1,996) entering the week four pass attempts away from becoming the fifth quarterback to attempt 2,000 career passes with the Redskins.
- Cousins (440) throwing 39 passes to enter the Top 10 in passing attempts in a single-season in team history.
- Cousins (290) completing 10 passes to record the sixth 300-completion season in team history.
- Cousins (15,553) sitting 375 yards behind Mark Rypien (15,928) for the fourth-most career passing yards in Redskins history.
- Cousins (3,440) throwing for 124 yards to enter the Top 10 in passing yards in a single season in Redskins history.
- Cousins (22) throwing three touchdown passes to become the first quarterback in team history to record three 25-touchdown seasons.
- Cousins (22) throwing two 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 adding to his single-season career-high 159 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 (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 (542) catching six passes to pass Jeremy Shockey (547) for ninth-most career receptions by a tight end in NFL history.
- Davis (6,992) gaining eight receiving yards to become only the ninth tight end in NFL history to record 7,000 career receiving yards.
- Davis (59) catching a touchdown pass to tie former Redskins great Jerry Smith (60) for seventh on the list of career touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history.
- Davis catching a touchdown pass in back-to-back regular season games for the first time since the final game of the 2013 season and the first game of the 2014 season.
- Cornerback Jonathan Allen 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 (37), receiving yards (445) and receiving touchdowns (four) this season.
- 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 4.5 sacks.
- Ioannidis (4.5) recording 1.5 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.
- Ioannidis recording a sack in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 4-6.
- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 110th 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 WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK (CONT.) 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, tied for the 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 (26) adding to his single-season career high in punts downed inside the 20. His 26 punts downed inside the 20 this season are currently tied for 10th-most in team records dating back to 1976.
NOTABLE REDSKINS/CHARGERS CONNECTIONS
Former Cardinals on Redskins:
- Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (1994-95)
- Outside Linebackers Coach Chad Grimm (2009-12)
- S D.J. Swearinger (2015-16)
Former Redskins on Cardinals:
- Wide Receivers Coach Darryl Drake (1979)
- Running Backs Coach Terry Allen (1995-98)
Cardinals from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Quarterbacks Coach Byron Leftwich (Washington, D.C.)
- Redskins from Arizona: LS Nick Sundberg (Phoenix)
Cardinals who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Head Coach Bruce Arians (Virginia Tech)
- Defensive Backs Coach Nick Rapone (Virginia Tech)
- S Antoine Bethea (Howard)
- G Earl Watford (James Madison)
Notable Pro Connections:
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- Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky worked with Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians, Offensive Coordinator Harold Goodwin and Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.
- Manusky played on the Minnesota Vikings when Cardinals Assistant Head Coach Tom Moore worked there from 1991-93. Cardinals Running Backs Coach Terry Allen also played on the Vikings during that time.
- Manusky played on the Kansas City Chiefs when Cardinals Pass Rush Specialist Tom Pratt worked there in 1994. Manusky also played on the Chiefs with Cardinals Cornerbacks Coach Kevin Ross in 1997.
- Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray worked with Harold Goodwin and Wide Receivers Coach Darryl Drake for the Chicago Bears from 2004-05.
- Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh worked for the Baltimore Ravens when Terry Allen played there in 2001.
- Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken worked for the Detroit Lions when Cardinals Inside Linebackers Coach Larry Foote played there in 2009.
- Quarterbacks Coach Kevin O’Connell and Cardinals QB Drew Stanton also played on the Lions in 2009.
- Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews worked with Cardinals Outside Linebackers Coach Bob Sanders for the Buffalo Bills from 2009-11.
- Assistant Special Teams Coach Bret Munsey worked for the Philadelphia Eagles when Cardinals QB Matt Barkley played there in 2013.
- Manusky (2012-15) worked for the Indianapolis Colts when Cardinals S Antoine Bethea (2006-13), C A.Q. Shipley (2012/14) and RB Kerwynn Williams (2013) played there. LB Chris Carter also played on the Colts in 2014.
- O’Connell (2016), Manusky (2007-10) and Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula (2007-15) worked for the San Francisco 49ers when S Antoine Bethea (2014-16), QB Blaine Gabbert (2014-16), P Andy Lee (2004-14) and K Phil Dawson (2013-16) played there.
- TE Vernon Davis (2006-15) and QB Colt McCoy (2013) also played on the 49ers.
- O’Connell (2015) and Matthews (2013/16) worked for the Cleveland Browns when P Andy Lee (2015), ILB Scooby Wright (2016) and CB Tramon Williams (2015-16) played there.
- Wide Receivers Ike Hilliard worked for the Miami Dolphins when Cardinals ILB Karlos Dansby played there in 2011. O’Connell also played on the Dolphins in 2011.
- Head Coach Jay Gruden worked for the Cincinnati Bengals when Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham played there from 2011-13.
- Cardinals DL Frostee Rucker also played on the Bengals in 2011.
- Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O’Hara worked for the Jacksonville Jaguars when Cardinals RB Bronson Hill played there in 2016.
- LB Chris Carter (2011-13) and DL Ziggy Hood (2009-13) played on the Pittsburgh Steelers when Bruce Arians (2004-11), Harold Goodwin (2007-11), Assistant Offensive Line Coach Larry Zierlein (2007-09) and Special Teams Coordinator Amos Jones (2007-12) worked there.
- Larry Foote and Cardinals Quarterbacks Coach Byron Leftwich also played on the Steelers from 2010-12.
- S DeAngelo Hall played with Byron Leftwich on the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.
- OL Tony Bergstrom and DL Stacy McGee played on the Oakland Raiders when Bob Sanders worked there from 2013-14. Cardinals T Jared Veldheer also played on the Raiders 2013.
- LB Zach Brown played with Cardinals OLB Bryson Albright on the Buffalo Bills in 2016.
- QB Colt McCoy also played with Phil Dawson on the Cleveland Browns from 2010-12. DL Frostee Rutger also played on the Browns in 2012.
- LB Chris Carter played with Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham on the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014. DL Terrell McClain played with Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones on the New England Patriots in 2012.
Notable College Connections:
- Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh worked with Cardinals Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Anthony Piroli at Pittsburgh in 2008.
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard played at Florida when Cardinals Outside Linebackers Coach Bob Sanders worked there from 1994-96.
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan worked at North Carolina when Cardinals OLB Kareem Martin played there from 2012-13.
- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham worked at Temple when Cardinals ILB Haason Reddick played there in 2012.
- LB Zach Brown played at North Carolina when Cardinals Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher worked there from 2008-09.
- OL Arie Kouandjio played at Alabama when Cardinals Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Kevin Garver worked there from 2010-12.
- LB Preston Smith played at Mississippi State when Cardinals Anthony Piroli worked there in 2014.
- CB Bashaud Breeland played with Cardinals WR Jaron Brown at Clemson from 2009-12.
- CB Joshua Holsey played with Cardinals S Rudy Ford at Auburn from 2013-16.
- DL Ziggy Hood played with Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert at Missouri in 2008.
- OL Trent Williams played with Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham at Oklahoma from 2006-08. Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson also played at Oklahoma in 2006.
- LB Zach Brown played with Cardinals OLB Kareem Martin at North Carolina from 2010-11.
- DL Matt Ioannidis played with Cardinals ILB Haason Reddick at Temple from 2012-15.
- S Deshazor Everett played with Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones and CB Brandon Williams at Texas A&M from 2013-14.
- LB Zach Vigil played with Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams at Utah State from 2010-12.