Redskins-Raiders: Game day notes and fast facts

September 29, 2013

Mike Shanahan’s first head coaching job was with the Raiders in 1988. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post).

The Washington Redskins attempt to snap a three-game losing streak today as they take on the Oakland Raiders at 4:25 p.m. at O.co Coliseum. The game will be broadcast on Fox.

This marks the teams’ first meeting since Washington won, 34-13, in Oakland on Dec. 13, 2009.

In that game, Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo tied a team record with four sacks. Today, Orakpo, who has one sack in three games, will try to recapture some of that magic and help his unit put together a complete effort for the first time this season.

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

  • The Redskins enter this game trailing the Raiders 4-8 all-time, and 4-7 in regular season meetings.
  • Linebacker London Fletcher today will play in his 244th consecutive regular season game (the longest active streak) and will move past Bill Romanaowski for the record of consecutive games played by a defensive player since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
  • Quarterback Robert Griffin III can become the first Redskins quarterback in the Super Bowl era to pass for 300 yards in four straight games. He would become the sixth Redskins quarterback with at least four 300-yard games in one season, joining Sonny Jurgensen (five in 1967), Joe Theismann (four in 1983), Jay Schroeder (five in 1986), Mark Rypien (five in 1989) and Brad Johnson (four in 1999).
  • A 300-yard day by Griffin would be the seventh of his career and tie him with Sammy Baugh and Schroeder for fourth-most in team history.
  • Cornerback DeAngelo Hall enters the game with 40 career interceptions and 20 as a Redskin. A 21st interception would tie him with Vernon Dean and Lemar Parrish for 10th in franchise history.
  • With a fumble return for a touchdown, Hall would become the first player in NFL history with five fumble returns for touchdowns and four interception returns for touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Santana Moss needs a touchdown to tie former running back Stephen Davis for 10th-most touchdowns in team history (48).
  • Moss needs 29 receiving yards to become the fourth player in team history to record 7,500 receiving yards as a member of the Redskins. He would join Art Monk, Charley Taylor and Gary Clark.
  • Monk needs six receptions to pass Gary Clark (549) for third on the franchise career catches list. Moss, who got his start in the league with the New York Jets, also stands five catches shy of 700 receptions. He would become the ninth active player to record 700 catches.
  • Despite their offensive struggles, the Redskins enter the game ranked first in the NFC and second in the NFL in passing first downs (55). The team ranks second in the NFC and third in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (5.3).
  • The Redskins rank sixth in the NFL in total offense (1,224 yards). The Raiders, meanwhile, are 15th on the list with 1,054 total yards.
  • The Raiders rank third in the NFL in rushing (446) while the Redskins, who last season led the league in rushing yards, rank 20th with 302 yards.
  • Washington ranks sixth in the league with 922 passing yards while Oakland ranks 28th (608).
  • The Redskins defense has surrendered a league-record 1,464 yards through three games. Oakland’s defense, meanwhile, ranks 16th in the league with 1,058 yards allowed.
  • The Redskins are tied for 30th in the league with 465 rushing yards allowed. Oakland has given up 325 rushing yards, 17th in the league. Washington has surrendered 999 passing yards (31st) while the Raiders have given up 733 (15th).

Some connections between these teams:

  • Raiders senior offensive assistant Al Saunders served as Redskins associate head coach for offense in 2006-07.
  • Oakland assistant head coach-offensive line coach Tony Sparano served as Redskins tight end coach in 2001.
  • Raiders tackle Tony Pashos spent the offseason and 2013 preseason with the Redskins.
  • Mike Shanahan coached the Raiders during the 1988 season and for four games of the 1989 season.
  • Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett coached the Raiders linebackers from 1993 to ’94.
  • Redskins offensive line assistant Chris Morgan held the same position with the Raiders in 2009-10.
  • Redskins director of football operations Paul Kelly served as coaches’ assistant and assistant to the head coach for the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 and 2002-03.
  • Hall played for the Raiders in 2008.
  • Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen and Raiders linebacker Kevin Burnett, center Andre Gurode and cornerback Mike Jenkins all played together for the Dallas Cowboys during various stints from 2006 to ’10.
  • Tackle Tyler Polumbus and raiders cornerback Phillip Adams played together in Seattle in 2011.
  • Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan and Pashos played together in San Francisco in 2009, and Morgan played with Adams in San Francisco in 2010.
  • Quarterback Rex Grossman and Raiders guard Mike Brisiel played together in Houston in 2009.
  • Redskins defensive end Phillip Merling and Burnett and tight end Jeron  Mastrud played together for the Miami Dolphins in 2011. Fellow Redskins defensive end Chris Baker, Murling and Mastrud played together in Miami in 2010.
  • Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett will face former Packers teammates  in Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (2008-10), defensive end Jason Hunter (2006-08) and defensive back Charles Woodson (2006-10).
  • Guard Chris Chester and Pashos played together in Baltimore in 2006.
  • Grossman (2007-08) and Brandon Meriweather (2011) were teammates with Raiders linebacker Nick Roach in Chicago.
  • Redskins tight end Fred Davis and Raiders tight end David Ausberry played together at USC in 2007, and linebacker Kuluka Maiava played for USC from 2005-07.
  • Cornerback Josh Wilson and Raiders long-snapper Jon Condon played together at Maryland from 2003-04.
  • Nose tackle Barry Cofield and Roach played at Northwestern from 2003-05.
  • Linebacker Perry Riley and Flynn played together at LSU from 2006-07.
  • Orakpo and Raiders linebacker Lamarr Housotn played together at Texas from 2007-08.
  • Cornerback Jerome Murphy and Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkinns played together at South Florida from 2005-07.
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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