The Washington Redskins face off with their longtime rival Dallas Cowboys at 8:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium on NBC. Washington is coming off its Week 5 bye while the Cowboys look to rebound from a 51-48 loss to Denver.
A win would improve the Redskins’ record to 2-3 and, if the Philadelphia Eagles lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, move them into first place in the NFC East. But a Dallas win would improve the Cowboys to 3-3 and keep them at least tied for first place.
This marks the first meeting between the Redskins and Cowboys since Washington’s NFC East-clinching 28-18 victory on Dec. 30. The Redskins swept Dallas last season. A win tonight would give them their first three-game win streak over the Cowboys since 1986-88 when Washington won four straight.
This game marks the 105th regular season meeting between these teams. Dallas owns a 62-40-2 record against Washington in those games. Eleven of the last 12 games between these teams have been decided by seven points or fewer.
Here are some things to look for in this game:
● Linebacker London Fletcher today will play in his 245th consecutive game and will make his 204th straight start. He trails Derrick Brooks (208) for the NFL record for consecutive starts by a linebacker.
● Fletcher is the only active player in the league with at least 30 career sacks (38) and 20 interceptions (23).
● Tight end Fred Davis needs two yards receiving to reach 2,000 for his career.
● Quarterback Robert Griffin III enters this game having thrown for 300 yards in three of his four outings this season. With a 300-yard game today, he would become the first Redskins quarterback since Brad Johnson in 1999 to record four 300-yard games in a season. Griffin would join Sonny Jurgensen (five in 1967), Joe Theismann (four in 1983), Jay Schroeder (five in 1986) and Mark Rypien (five in 1989) and Johnson on the list of Redskins quarterbacks to have accomplished that feat.
● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs one interception to increase his total as a Redskin to 21. That would move him into a tie with Vernon Deen (1982-87) and Lemar Parrish (1978-81) for 10th-most interceptions in franchise history.
● With a fumble returned for a touchdown, Hall (who already has one this season) would become the first player in NFL history with five fumble returns for touchdowns and four interception returns for touchdowns.
● Running back Alfred Morris enters this game in search of the ninth 100-yard rushing game of his career. A 100-yard game today would tie him with Ladell Betts (2002-09) for ninth in team history.
● Wide receiver Santana Moss needs a touchdown to record the 48th of his career, which would tie him for 10th most in team history.
● Moss needs 29 receiving yards to become the fourth player in team history to amass 7,500 yards as a member of the Redskins. He would join Art Monk, Charley Taylor and Gary Clark.
● Moss needs six catches to pass Clark (549) for third in team history for receptions as a Redskins player.
● Five catches would make Moss the ninth active player to record 700 receptions for his career.
● Moss has had more success against the Cowboys than any other team, recording 84 catches for 1,189 yards (average of 5.6 catches, 84 yards) and seven touchdowns in 15 meetings with Dallas.
Some connections between these teams:
● Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen played for Dallas from 2006 to ’10.
● Linebackers coach Bob Slowik served as defensive assistant for the Cowboys in 1992.
● Six Redskins players call Texas their home state: Griffin is from Copperas Cove, guard Josh LeRibeus is from Richardson, linebacker Brian Orakpo is from Houston, wide receiver Aldrick Robinson is from Waxahachie, safety Jordan Pugh is from Plano and tackle Trent Williams is from Longview.
● Redskins hailing from Texas schools: Griffin (Baylor), Orakpo (Texas), LeRibeus (Southern Methodist) and Pugh (Texas A&M).
● Cowboys who went to school in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region: Center Phil Costa (Maryland), linebacker Justin Durant (Hampton), tight end Andre Smith (Virginia Tech) and cornerback B.W. Webb (William & Mary).
● Mike Shanahan, Slowik, running backs coach-assistant head coach Bobby Turner, special teams coordinator Keith Burns, defensive line coach Jacob Burney and Cowboys assistant secondary coach Joe Baker all worked together for the Denver
Broncos in 2007-08.
● Cornerback E.J. Biggers and Cowboys safety Will Allen played together for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.
● Pugh will face former Carolina Panthers teammates in Cowboys guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (2010-11), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (2010) and defensive end George Selvie (2011).
● Cowboys defensive end Edgar Jones played on the same Baltimore Ravens teams as Redskins guard Chris Chester (2007-10) and cornerback Josh Wilson (2010).
● Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, Cowboys defensive tackle Drake Nevis and linebacker Ernie Sims all played together for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011.
● Backup quarterback Rex Grossman and Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton played together for the Chicago Bears from 2005 to ’08.
● Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker and Cowboys tackle Jeremy Parnell played together for the Miami Dolphins in 2010.
● Washington linebacker Bryan Kehl, cornerback Jerome Murphy and Cowboys defensive tackle George Selvie all played together for the St. Louis Rams in 2010.
● Redskins linebacker Darryl Tapp, punter Sav Rocca and Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims all played together for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.
● Safety Brandon Meriweather and Cowboys tight end Andre Smith played together
for the Chicago Bears in 2011.
● Redskins rookie linebacker Brandon Jenkins, running back Chris Thompson and Cowboys assistant strength and conditioning coach Kendall Smith all played together at Florida State from 2009-10. Smith played linebacker at Florida State.
● Griffin and Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams played together at Baylor from 2009-11.
● LeRibeus, Robinson and Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley played together at SMU from 2008-10.
● Tight end Logan Paulsen, kicker Kai Forbath and Cowboys linebacker Kyle Bosworth all played together at UCLA from 2006-09. Paulsen (2007-09), Forbath (2007-10) and Bosworth (2007-09) also played with Cowboys defensive tackle Carter David at UCLA.
● Linebacker Perry Riley Jr. and Cowboys safety Danny McCray played together at LSU from 2006-09. Riley and McCray also played with Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (2009) and defensive tackle Drake Nevis (2007-09) at LSU.
● Wilson and Costa played together Maryland in 2006.
● Trent Williams, Cowboys tight end James Hanna and running back DeMarco
Murray all played together at Oklahoma during stints between 2007-09.
● Washington running back Evan Royster and Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee played together at Penn State from 2006-09.
● Redskins cornerback Jerome Murphy and Cowboys defensive end George Selvie played together at South Florida from 2006-09.
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