Redskins-Eagles: Game day notes

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Robert Griffin III threw four touchdown passes in his first meeting with the Eagles. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The Redskins take on the Philadelphia Eagles today and aim to extend their win streak to six and take another step toward the playoffs.

This marks the 155th regular season meeting between the Redskins and Eagles. Washington leads the series with an all-time record of 79-70-5.

The Redskins won the first meeting of the season 31-6, and go for their first sweep of the Eagles since 2008 today.

Here are some things to look for:

  • A victory would improve Washington’s record to 9-6 and give them their first nine-win season since 2007. A win also would give the Redskins their fifth road win of the season – the most since they won seven in 1991.
  • A victory would improve Washington’s record against NFC East opponents to 4-1 – the largest number of divisional wins since the 2005 team recorded five.
  • A win would give Mike Shanahan the 174th victory of his career and tie him with Mike Holmgren for 11th all-time in the NFL.
  • The Redskins enter the game averaging a league-best 164.8 yards a game on the ground. They aim for their 11th 150-yard rushing performance of the season (also a league high).
  • The Redskins, who have rushed for 2,307 yards this season need 22 rushing yards to move past the 1979 team (2,328) and into third on the franchise’s list for rushing yards in a season. The 1983 team rushed for 2,625 yards, and the 1985 team produced 2,523 yards.
  • Washington looks to add to its rushing touchdown total of 16, the most the team has accumulated since 1999, when that squad produced 23.
  • A 30-point game would give the Redskins their eighth of the season – the most since the 1991 team produced the same number.
  • The Redskins have gained 400 total yards in a game six times this season. A seventh such game would mark only the third time since 1970 that the team has had seven 400-yard games in one season. The last time was 1989.
  • Washington’s defense has recorded six multiple interception games, the most since posting seven in 1999.
  • Linebacker London Fletcher, who will play in his 239th consecutive game, needs one interception to move into sole possession of second place on the active list for interceptions by a linebacker. Fletcher currently is tied with Chicago’s Brian Urlacher with 22. Ray Lewis has 31.
  • Fletcher has four interceptions on the season and a fifth would give him a new single-season high. It also would give him his 12th as a Redskin, tying him for fifth-most by a linebacker in team history with Sam Huff and Wilber Marshal.
  • Kicker Kai Forbath needs two more consecutive field goals to break the NFL record for successful field goals to start an NFL career. The first-year kicker has hit 15 straight field goals since signing with the Redskins.
  • Wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan need two and 11 yards, respectively, to reach the 500-yard receiving mark. They would join Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson and give the Redskins four 500-yard receivers for the first time since 2000 (five).
  • In his last game against the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Robert Griffin III threw four touchdown passes. He followed that game with a four-touchdown outing the next week (against Dallas). With another four-touchdown-pass day, he would join Sonny Jurgensen as the only quarterbacks in team history with at least four passing touchdowns in three different games in one season. Jurgensen did it in 1964 and ’67.
  • Griffin needs 25 pass attempts to break Norm Snead’s record for passing attempts in a rookie season (375 in 1961).
  • Griffin needs 94 passing yards to reach the 3,000-yard mark and record the 20th 3,000-yard passing campaign in team history.
  • Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is one interception shy of 40 for his career and would become the sixth active player to reach that milestone.
  • Alfred Morris enters this game needing 195 yards to break the franchise record for single-season rushing yards (1,516 set by Clinton Portis in 2005).
  • Morris needs 78 yards to record the fifth 1,400-yard season in Redskins history.
  • Morris has rushed for 100 yards in six games this season. A seventh would make him the first back since Portis in 2005 to record as many 100-yard games.
  • Morris last week broke the franchise rookie record for rushing touchdowns in a season by picking up his eighth and ninth of the year. One touchdown would match and two touchdowns would break Hall of Famer Charley Taylor’s team rookie record for total touchdowns in a season (10 – five rushing, five receiving -in 1964).
  • Morris needs 20 carries to become the first Redskin with 300 rushing attempts in a season since Portis in 2007 (325).
  • Moss needs one touchdown to become the seventh player in Redskins history to record 45 touchdown catches. Two touchdown catches would tie Moss’s single season high of nine (2005).

Connections between these teams:

  • Punter Sav Rocca played for the Eagles from 2007-10.
  • Redskins special teams coordinator Danny Smith coached for the Eagles from 1995-98.
  • Philadelphia defensive coordinator Todd Bowles played cornerback and safety for the Redskins from 1986-90 and ’92-93.
  • Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall played with Eagles QB Michael Vick in Atlanta from 2004-06, and with Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in Oakland in 2008.
  • Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker played for the Dolphins in 2010 when Bowles was assistant head coach/secondary coach there.
  • Receivers coach Ike Hilliard was an assistant receivers coach for the Dolphins when Bowles was interim head coach in Miami in 2011.
  • Redskins safety DeJon Gomes, tight end Niles Paul and injured running back Roy Helu Jr. played at Nebraska with Eagles kicker Alex Henery.
  • Long-snapper Nick Sundberg played with Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson at California.
  • Hall and center Will Montgomery played with Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp at Virginia Tech.
  • Guard Maurice Hurt played with Eagles receiver Riley Cooper at Florida.
  • Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan played with Eagles offensive lineman Dennis Kelly at Purdue.
  • Defensive end Doug Worthington played with Eagles safety Kurt Coleman at Ohio State.
  • Redskins cornerback Jerome Murphy played with Eagles safety Nate Allen at South Florida.

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