Game day notes for Redskins vs. Rams

September 16, 2012

It’s game day, and this afternoon, the Washington Redskins take on the St. Louis Rams, looking to improve to 2-0 on the season.


Brian Orakpo, Stephen Bowen and the Redskins sacked Rams quarterback Sam Bradford seven times in their meeting last season. (Associated Press)

The Rams enter the game with a 0-1 mark after losing 27-23 to the Detroit Lions in Week 1.

The Redskins still are waiting word on the status of wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Limited in practice all week by a foot injury suffered against the Saints, Garcon plans to test out the foot pre-game to see if he can go full-speed despite the still-existing pain. If he can’t go, Aldrick Robinson likely will get the nod.

On Friday we took a look at five storylines to follow, and the key matchups for this game,. Now, here are some fast facts for the matchup:

  • This is the fifth consecutive meeting between these two teams and the 37th all-time. The Redskins have gone 2-2 against St. Louis in the last four games, and 22-9-1 versus the Rams for the series. Washington beat St. Louis 17-10 last season.
  • A win would give the Redskins their second straight 2-0 start and the 17th such opening in franchise history.
  • The Redskins haven’t opened the year with back-to-back road wins since 1982. The team went on to win the Super Bowl that season.
  • Robert Griffin III has a chance to give the franchise its 100th 300-yard passing game. Last week’s 321-yard effort marked the 19th in team history.
  • A second straight 300-yard game by Griffin would give the Redskins their first since Jason Campbell strung together two such games in Weeks 11 and 12 of the 2007 season.
  • With a win, Mike Shanahan would earn the 159th regular season victory of his career and would move past Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant for 13th all-time.
  • London Fletcher aims to extend his consecutive games played streak to 226.
  • If Garcon is able to go, he needs eight catches to hit the 200 career receptions mark.
  • Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs one interception to move into sole possession of sixth place on the active leaders list. Hall and Cincinnati corner Nate Clements are tied with 35.
  • Second-year pro Ryan Kerrigan played every defensive snap last season and did so again last week against the Saints. He looks to add to his unit-leading 1,135-snap streak today.

Some connections between these teams:

  • Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker was drafted by the Rams, and was a member of that team from 2007 to 2009.
  • Fletcher spent the first four seasons of his career (1998 to 2001) with the Rams.
  • Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett held the same position in St. Louis from 2006-08, and served as interim head coach during the 2008 campaign.
  • Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was the Redskins’ quarterback coach in 2001.
  • Rams linebacker Rocky McIntosh spent the first six seasons of his career (2006-11) with the Redskins before signing with St. Louis this offseason.
  • Shanahan and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher were members of the same San Francisco 49ers staff in 1992 and ’93.
  • Haslett and Rams strength coach Rock Guillickson were members of the same New Orleans Saints staff from 2000-05.
  • Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and Redskins left tackle Trent Williams played together at Oklahoma.
  • Rams defensive tackle and Redskins linebacker Perry Riley were teammates at LSU.
  • Rams defensive tackle Darrell Scott and Redskins defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins were teammates at Clemson.
  • Rams running back Terreance Ganaway and the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III were teammates at Baylor.
  • Rams linebacker Josh Hull played with Redskins running back Evan Royster at Pen State.
  • Rams tight end Mike McNeill was teammates with Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr., safety DeJon Gomes and tight end Niles Paul at Nebraska.
  • Rams center Bradley Fletcher and Redskins rookie guard Adam Gettis were teammates at Iowa.
  • McIntosh and Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather (who is out for this game) played together at the University of Miami.
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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