Redskins vs. Lions: Game day notes and fast facts

September 22, 2013

Alfred Morris, Robert Griffin III and the Redskins will try to snap their two-game losing streak today. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins this afternoon will try to snap their two-game losing streak when they host the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. on FOX.

The Redskins own a 21-0 combined regular season and postseason record against Detroit when playing at home. That dates back to 1937. The Redskins’ only two home losses to the Lions came in 1933 and 1935 while they were the Boston Redskins.

Washington enters the game with an all-time record of 30-12 against Detroit including postseason games.

On Friday we went over Five story lines for this game.

Now, here are some fast facts and other things to look for in this game.

● The Redskins have scored 20 or more points in six consecutive regular season games dating back to last season. Today, they will attempt to post their seventh straight (and hope that it leads to a win), which would mark the first time the team has done so since 1999.

● Linebacker London Fletcher will play in his 243rd consecutive game, which makes him the league’s active Iron Man, and it will tie Fletcher with Bill Romanowski for the most consecutive games played by a defensive player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

● Fletcher is making his 202nd consecutive start, which ranks second behind Derrick Brooks (208) for the most by a linebacker in NFL history.

● Robert Griffin III with a 300-yard passing game today will become the first Redskins quarterback of the Super Bowl era to record three consecutive 300-yard games.

● Griffin needs 151 passing yards to become the 16th Redskins quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards with the team.

● Wide receiver Pierre Garcon with a 100-yard receiving game today will have topped the century mark in back-to-back games for only the second time in his career. The first came in Weeks 4-5 of the 2011 season with Indianapolis.

● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs an interception to become the fifth active player with 40 picks for his career. He would join Ed Reed, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey and Asante Samuel.

● Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who this season has a team-high three sacks, needs a sack to record the 20th of his career. Kerrigan would become the 18th player since 1982 (when sacks became an official stat) to record 20 sacks with the Redskins.

● Wide receiver Santana Moss needs one touchdown to record his 48th as a Redskin, which would tie him for Stephen Davis for 10th-most touchdowns in team history.

● Despite their struggles in the first two games of the season, Washington’s offense ranks first in the NFC and is tied for second in the NFL with 5.2 yards per rushing attempt.

● The Redskins rank first in the NFC and third in the NFL in red zone touchdown efficiency (83.3).

● Washington is tied for third in the NFC and tied for fifth in the NFL with seven total touchdowns through two games.

Connections between these teams:

● Former Redskins safety DeJon Gomes (2011-12), linebacker Rocky McIntosh (2006-11) and kicker David Akers (1998) play for the Lions.

● Redskins director of player development Malcolm Blacken served as strength and conditioning coach for Detroit from 2001-09.

● Redskins cornerback Jerome Murphy played for the Lions in 2012.

● Lions coach Jim Schwartz was born in Maryland and went to college at Georgetown.

● Schwartz worked with Redskins defensive line coach Jacob Burney the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens from 1994-98.

● Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham worked together for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1993-94.

● Haslett and Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing all worked together for the St. Louis Rams from 2006-08.

● Linebackers coach Bob Slowik and Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego worked together in Green Bay 2003-04.

● Redskins Punter Sav Rocca and Akers played together in Philadelphia from 2007-10, and Redskins linebacker Darryl Tapp and Lions running back Joique Bell were also members of that 2010 Eagles team.

● Fletcher and Lions defensive tackle Justin Bannan played together in Buffalo from 2002-05.

● Redskins guard Chris Chester and Bannan played together in Baltimore from 2006-09.

● Linebacker Bryan Kehl, Murphy and Bannan all played together in St. Louis in 2011.

● Redskins nose tackle Chris baker, guard Kory Lichtensteiger and tackle Tyler Polumbus played with Lions tight end Tony Scheffler in Denver at various points from 2008-09.

● Wide receiver Pierre Garcon and Lions Bell and tackle Corey Hilliard played together in Indianapolis.

● Left tackle Trent Williams and Lions receiver Ryan Broyles and linebacker Travis Lewis played together at Oklahoma from 2008-09.

● Tight end Fred Davis and Lions running back Reggie Bush played together at USC from 2004-05.

● Cornerback E.J. Biggers and Lions safety Louis Delmas played together at North Miami High School and at Western Michigan.

● Safety Bacarri Rambo and Lions wideout Kris Durham played together at Georgia last year.

● Kicker Kai Forbath and Lions tight end Joseph Furia played together at UCLA in 2010.

● Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather and McIntosh played together at Miami at 2002-05.

● Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and Lions tight end Jason Fox played together at Miami from 2007-09.

● Running back Roy Helu, tight end Niles Paul, Gomes and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh played together at Nebraska from 2007-09.

● Guard Adam Gettis and Lions tackle Riley Reiff played together at Iowa from 2009-11.

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 and the Lions kick off at 1 p.m. at FedEx Field, and our live blog runs from two hours before the kick through postgame news conferences.

More on the Redskins and NFL:

Game day Q&A with Trent Williams | Notes and fast facts

Redskins vs. Lions: Five story lines to follow | More Insider

Is it time for RGIII to run again? | Wise: Pocket passing days to end

Hamilton: Suh brings reputation for dirty play to Washington

D.C. Sports Bog: Aikman says RGIII might never be the same | More Bog on Redskins

The Early Lead: Bush expected to sit out vs. Redskins | Suh on low hits | More NFL

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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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