Redskins-Vikings: Fast facts for Washington’s Week 16 matchup

The Washington Redskins take on the Minnesota Vikings Saturday hoping to pick up back-to-back victories for only the second time this season.

The Redskins own an 8-7 record against the Vikings and have gone 2-2 against Minnesota in the team’s last four meetings.

A victory would be the Redskins’ third at FedEx Field this season and would snap a five-game home losing streak. The Vikings enter the game having lost six out of seven on the road this season.

Some other facts about the game:

- Mike Shanahan seeks his 158th regular season victory, which would tie him with Hall of Famer Bud Grant for 13th all-time among head coaches.

- A victory would give Shanahan his 166th overall as a head coach.

- Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, who recorded his second interception of the season last week, enters this game seeking to post an INT in back-to-back games for the first time since 2008. Saturday’s game will mark the 100th game of Atogwe’s career.


Brandon Banks (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

- Defensive end Stephen Bowen will try to add to his career-high total of six sacks.

- Meanwhile, fellow defensive end Adam Carriker aims to add to his career-high of five sacks.

- Nose tackle Barry Cofield currently leads all NFL defensive tackles with eight pass deflections – a career high.

- Linebacker London Fletcher owns the longest consecutive starts streak among active linebackers (178) and is expected to extend his consecutive-games played streak to 223. That mark is tied for first in the NFL.

- Fletcher leads the NFL with 146 tackles, according to STATS, INC.

- Receiver Jabar Gaffney needs one more touchdown catch to tie his career high of five in one season. Meanwhile, 33 receiving yards would tie Gaffney’s career-high of 875 in one season. And seven catches would tie Gaffney’s career-high of 65 in one season.

- Quarterback Rex Grossman needs 308 passing yards to reach the 10,000-yard mark for his career.

- One interception would give cornerback DeAngelo Hall his fourth on the season, and would mark the seventh consecutive season in which he has tallied at least four picks.

- Running back Roy Helu enters the game with 47 receptions, which leads all rookie running backs in the NFL. Helu aims to become the first Redskins rookie running back to have four 100-yard games in a single season since Reggie Brooks did so in 1993. The only other Redskins rookies to do so are Mike Thomas and Larry Brown.

- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan leads the team with four forced fumbles, which is tied for fifth in the NFL.

- Cornerback Josh Wilson has a chance to record an interception in three straight games for the first time in his career.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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