The Washington Redskins today aim for their first 2-0 start since 2007 as they host the Arizona Cardinals at 1 p.m.
Here are some things to watch for in Washington’s Week 2 game:
-The Redskins have never opened the season with a win against an NFC East opponent followed by a victory over an NFC West opponent.
-The Redskins and Cardinals meet for the 120th time in the history of the franchises. Washington owns a 73-44-2 record against the Cardinals.
-Washington owns a 7-1 record against the Cardinals when playing at FedEx Field.
-The Redskins have posted a touchdown pass in 17 consecutive games.
-With a sack today, defensive end Stephen Bowen will have recorded sacks in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career.
-With one catch, Chris Cooley will improve his career receptions total to 423 and move into 19th place on the NFL’s all-time list for catches by a tight end. Mike Ditka ranks 18th with 427.
-Rex Grossman threw for 300 yards in the 2010 season finale, and did it again last week. Today could mark the first time in his career that he has thrown for 300 yards in three consecutive weeks.
-If the Redskins win today, it would be the first time since 2008 that Mike Shanahan has opened a season with back-to-back victories.
-Shanahan owns a 5-0 record against the Arizona Cardinals.
-Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt played tight end for the Redskins from 1989-90.
-Arizona’s assistant head coach is Russ Grimm, the former Hog, who last season was voted into the Hall of Fame.
-Redskins defensive backs coach Bob Slowik and his son, Bobby (a defensive assistant for Washington), will see a familiar face on the opposite side. The Redskins’ coach’s other son, Ryan, is a defensive quality control coach for the Cardinals.
-Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton began his coaching career as a defensive assistant and assistant defensive backs coach for Washington from 1994-96.
-Running back Tim Hightower is facing the team that drafted him in 2008.
-Former Redskins on the Cardinals’ sideline: defensive end Vonnie Holliday, backup quarterback Richard Bartel and tackle D’Anthony Batiste.