Redskins vs. Eagles: Fast facts and game notes

September 9, 2013

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins have won their last three season openers. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins tonight will kick off their season against the Philadelphia Eagles at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN.

Washington looks to build on last season’s 10-6 playoff campaign while the Eagles aim to kick off the Chip Kelly era on a positive note.

On Sunday we went over five things to watch for this game, but in case you missed them, there’s the link.

Here are some fast facts and things to look for in this game, and this season:

● The Redskins are 25-19 in season openers since the league merger in 1970.

● A victory tonight will push the Redskins’ regular season win streak dating from last season to eight games — their longest since winning 11 in 1991. The Redskins have won four straight home games.

● This marks the first time since 2006 that the Redskins have opened the season on Monday Night Football, and the 10th time in team history.

● Washington is 28-34 in Monday Night Football games. The Redskins are 18-15 in Monday night home games.

● The Redskins have gone 7-3-1 in season openers against the Eagles.

● A win would give the Redskins their sixth straight win over NFC East foes and would give Washington an 82-70-4 all-time record against the Philadelphia. Those 81 wins are the most the Redskins have against any one team.

● The Redskins this season will try to repeat as NFC East champions for the first time since winning the division three straight seasons from 1982-84.

● The Redskins also aim to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since three straight playoff appearances form 1990-92.

● Mike Shanahan enters the game with a 15-4 record in Week 1 games (3-0 in Washington) and needs one victory to tie Tom Landry for the most season-opening wins since the 1970 league merger.

● Shanahan enters this game with 175 wins as a head coach and this season needs nine victories to surpass Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells (183) for 10th all-time.

● Monday’s game marks the 241st consecutive game played for inside linebacker London Fletcher. That’s the longest active streak in the league. Fletcher, who will make his 200th consecutive start, will become just the second linebacker to start 200 straight regular season games. The other was Tampa Bay’s Derrick Brooks in 2008.

● Fletcher needs two more games to tie Bill Romanowski’s record for consecutive games played by a defensive player (243).

● With an interception, Fletcher will tie Rich Milot (13 from 1979-87) for the fourth-most by a linebacker in team history.

● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs one interception to become the 12th player in team history to record 20 as a Redskin. One interception would make Hall the fifth active player to reach 40 for his career. Ed Reed, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey and Asante Samuel are the other four.

● A 300-yard passing game by Robert Griffin would make him just the second quarterback in team history to pass for 300 yards in consecutive season openers. Joe Theismann did so in 1982 and 1983.

● With an interception returned for a touchdown, Ryan Kerrigan can become the first linebacker in team history to do so in three straight seasons.

● Wide receiver Santana Moss needs two touchdowns to tie former running back Stephen Davis for 10th-most in team history (48).

● Moss needs four touchdowns this season to become the ninth player in team history to score 50 touchdowns as a member of the Redskins.

● Linebacker Brian Orakpo needs half a sack to become the seventh player in team history to record 30 sacks with the team since the sack became an official stat in 1982.

● Free safety Bacarri Rambo will become the third rookie to start at safety for the Redskins in Week 1. The other two: Sean Taylor in 2005 and LaRon Landry in 2007.

Some connections between these teams:

● Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor served as offensive assistant in Washington in 2004 and 2005 and quarterbacks coach for the Redskins in 2006 and 2007.

● Redskins punter Sav Rocca played for Philadelphia from 2007-10.

● Linebacker Darryl Tapp played for the Eagles from 2010-12.

● Hall and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played together for the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06.

● Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett and Eagles tackle Allen Barbre played together in Green Bay from 2007-09.

● Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus and Barbre played together in Seattle from 2010-11.

● Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman and Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, tight end James Casey and linebacker DeMeco Ryans played together for the Houston Texans in 2009.

● Center Will Montgomery and Eagles guard Evan Mathis played for the Carolina Panthers in 2006.

● Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather and Eagles safety Patrick Chung played together in New England from 2009-10.

● Fletcher and Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos and tackle Jason Peters were teammates in Buffalo during the 2004 season.

● Redskins cornerback Jerome Murphy and linebacker Bryan Kehl were teammates in St. Louis with Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher and punter Donnie Jones in 2010-11.

● Redskins defensive ends Phillip Merling and Chris Baker and quarterback Pat White played with Eagles defensive end Clifton Geathers in 2010. Merling and Mathis played together in Miami in 2008.

● Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen and Geathers played together in Dallas in 2010.

● Washington wide receiver Josh Morgan and Eagles defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga played together in San Francisco from 2008-11.

● Guard Chris Chester, cornerback Josh Wilson and Eagles cornerback Cary Williams were all teammates in Baltimore during the 2010 season.

● Murphy and Eagles safety Nate Allen played college ball together at South Florida from 2006-09.

● Rambo and Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin played together at Georgia from 2009-11.

● Redskins tight end Jordan Reed and Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper played together at Florida in 2009.

● Washington guard Adam Gettis, Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher, tackle Matt Tobin and guard Julian Vandervelde all played together at Iowa during stretches from 2007-10.

● Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr., tight end Niles Paul and Eagles kicker Alex Henery played together at Nebraska from 2007-10.

● Long-snapper Nick Sundberg and Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and linebacker Mychal Kendricks were teammates at Cal during stretches of time from 2005-08.

● Kerrigan and Eagles tackle Dennis Kelly played together at Purdue from 2008-10.

● Cornerback David Amerson and Eagles safety Earl Wolff played together at N.C. State from 2010-12.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins’ season kicks off at 7:10 p.m., and ESPN goes on air at 6:55. Here are Dr. Gridlock’s tips on getting to FedEx Field on Monday night.

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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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