Redskins-Giants game day notes

October 21, 2012

Robert Griffin III and the Redskins seek their first NFC East victory of the season. (Pablo Martinez/The Associated Press)

The Washington Redskins take on the New York Giants today at MetLife Stadium in the the Redskins’ first NFC East matchup of the season.

The Redskins enter this game in search of their first two-game winning streak since Weeks 1 and 2 of the 2011 season. Washington has won the last two meetings with the Giants, but prior to that, New York won six straight games over Washington.

A victory would give the Redskins a tie for first place in the division and make Washington  4-2 against NFC opponents this season. A win also would improve Washington’s road record to 3-1 this season.

Here are some other facts about this game:

  • The Redskins aim to extend their win streak against the Giants to three games for the first time since winning four straight from 1998 to 2000.
  • A 125-plus-yard rushing performance by the Redskins would mark the first time that they have accomplished that in 10 straight weeks since they did it in 10 straight games in 1990-91.
  • Washington’s defense has eight interceptions on the season. The Redskins and the Chicago Bears are the only teams with an interception in all six games this season.
  • The Redskins have recorded interceptions in eight consecutive games dating back to last season.
  • An interception or fumble returned for a touchdown would give the Redskins defense their fifth touchdown of the season for the first time since 1994.
  • The Redskins offense needs 22 points to reach the 200-point mark. It would be the fourth time Washington has scored that many points in the first seven games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
  • Washington’s offense ranks first in the NFL with 22 touchdowns and first in the league with a pass completion percentage of 69.4.
  • The Redskins also rank first in the league with 7.1 yards per catch and 6.3 yards per offensive play.
  • Meanwhile, Washington’s defense ranks 26th in the league, allowing 7.9 yards per reception.

Some connections between these teams:

  • Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield played for New York from 2006 to 2010.
  • Redskins receivers coach Ike Hilliard played for the Giants from 1997 to 2004.
  • Redskins running back Ryan Grant was signed out of college by the New York Giants before he was traded to Green Bay in 2007.
  • Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty served as tight ends coach for the Redskins in 2000.
  • Redskins from the state of New York: Defensive end Stephen Bowen (Dix Hills), fullback Darrel Young (Amityville), defensive end Doug Worthington (Athol Springs).
  • Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is from Bluefield, Va.
  • Giants linebacker Michael Boley played with Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall for the Falcons from 2005-07.
  • Giants receivers coach Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith were members of the same Buffalo Bills coaching staff at various points from 2001-03.
  • Gilbride and Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett coached together for the Steelers during the 1999 season.
  • Flaherty and Redskins linebackers coach Bob Slowik coached together at Rutgers from 1984-89.
  • Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara played at Nebraska with Redskins tight end Niles Paul, running back Roy Helu Jr. and safety DeJon Gomes.
  • Giants safety Antrel Rolle played at Miami with Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather.
  • New York safety Kenny Phillips and Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson were teammates at Miami as well.
  • Giants tight end Martellus Bennett and Redskins safety Jordan Pugh played together at Texas A&M. Giants center Jim Cordle and Worthington played together at Ohio State.
  • Giants defensive back Tyler Sash and Redskins Adam Gettis and Jordan Bernstine were teammates at Iowa.
  • Redskins linebacker Perry Riley and New York receiver Ruben Randle were teammates at LSU.
  • Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and Redskins running back Ryan Grant and offensive lineman Jordan Black were teammates at Notre Dame.
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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