The Washington Redskins are set to play at FedEx Field for the first time in nearly a month. Hosting the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. on Fox, they’ll try to pick up their second victory of the season and their first at home since last year’s regular season finale.
Washington enters this game with a 23-23-1 all-time record against Chicago. The team’s regular season record against the Bears is 19-20-1.
Washington has won the last four regular season meetings against Chicago, with the latest coming on Oct. 24, 2010, by a score of 17-14 at Soldier Field.
Here are some things to look for in this game:
● Washington’s defense enters the game looking to hold an opponent to less than 300 offensive yards for the first time of the Mike Shanahan era and the first time since doing so in four straight games in Weeks 4-7 of the 2009 season.
● The defense enters the game looking to force a turnover in their 10th consecutive regular season game. The last 10-game turnover streak began in Week 16 of the 2009 season and extended through Week 8 of the 2010 season.
● The defense has scored three touchdowns this season and can match last season’s total of four with a touchdown today.
● Linebacker London Fletcher (who will play his 246th consecutive game) will make his 205th straight start and will pull within three games of Derrick Brooks for the league record for consecutive starts by a linebacker.
● Quarterback Robert Griffin III needs one touchdown pass to tie Doug Williams for 15th-most in team history with 27.
● 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.
● Wide receiver Santana Moss needs 71 receiving yards to become the seventh active player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. He would join Tony Gonzalez, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.
● Moss needs three catches to become the ninth active player with 700 career receptions.
Connections between these teams:
● Special teams coach Keith Burns played linebacker for the Bears in 1999.
● Linebackers coach Bob Slowik served as Chicago’s defensive coordinator from 1993-98.
● Safety Brandon Meriweather played for Chicago in 2011, and quarterback Rex Grossman played for the Bears from 2003-08.
● Mike Shanahan drafted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall in 2006 during his tenure with the Denver Broncos.
● Redskins Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly worked for the Oakland Raiders with Bears coach Mark
● Trestman (2001), running backs coach Skip Peete (1998-03) and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer (2001-03).
● Working together for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (2005), defensive backs coach Raheem Morris (2005-07), Kelly (2005-07) and Kromer.
● Offensive line coach Chris Foerster and Trestman worked together for the Miami Dolphins in 2004.
● Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Bears assistant head coach/special teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis worked together for the Denver Broncos from 1989-91.
● Center Will Montgomery, Bears linebacker James Anderson and defensive end Julius Peppers all played together for the Carolina Panthers in 2006.
● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall played with Bears offensive lineman Roberto Garza (2004) and wide receiver Eric Weems (2007) for the Atlanta Falcons.
● Hall and Bears running back Michael Bush played together for the Oakland Raiders in 2008.
● Defensive end Chris Baker and Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall played together for the Miami Dolphins in 2010.
● Baker, tackle Tyler Polumbus, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall and linebacker D.J. Williams all played together for the Denver Broncos in 2009. Polumbus, Marshall and Williams also played with guard Kory Lichtensteiger and Cutler for the Denver Broncos in 2008.
● Wide receiver Pierre Garcon and Bears cornerback Tim Jennings played together for the Indianapolis Colts from 2008-09.
● Meriweather and Bears tight end Steve Maneri played together for the New England patriots in 2010.
● Defensive end Stephen Bowen and Bears tight end Martellus Bennett played together for the Dallas Cowboys from 2008-10.
● Cornerback Jerome Murphy and Bears tackle Jermon Bushrom played together for the New Orleans Saints in 2012.
● Wide receiver Joshua Morgan and Bears linebacker Blake Costanzo played together for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.
● Former Virginia Tech teammates: Hall (2001-03), linebacker Darryl Tapp and centeral Will Montgomery (2002-05) and Bears linebacker James Anderson.
● Former Florida teammates: tight end Jordan Reed, linebacker Jon Bostic (2009-12) and safety Major Wright (2009).
● Former Nebraska teammates: Redskins running back Roy Helu, Jr., tight end Niles Paul, Bears cornerback Zack Bowman (2007) and guard Matt Slauson (2007-08).
● Linebacker LB Perry Riley, Jr. and Bears safety Craig Steltz played together at LSUS from 2006-07.
● Former Miami teammates: wide receiver Santana Moss (2000) and safety Brandon Meriweather (2002-03) and Bears linebacker D.J. Williams at Miami. Meriweather and Williams also played with Bears return man Devin Hester at Miami from 2003-05.
● Defensive end Kedric Golston and Bears cornerback Tim Jennings played together at Georgia from 2002-05.
● Safety Bacarri Rambo and Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington played together at Georgia from 2009-12.
● Nose tackle Barry Cofield and Bears defensive end Corey Wootton played together at Northwestern in 2005.
● Cornerback Josh Wilson and Bears punter Adam Podlesh played together at Maryland from 2003-06.
● Linebacker Brian Orakpo and Bears tackle Jonathan Scott played together at Texas from 2004-05.
● Cornerback David Amerson and Bears cornerback C.J. Wilson played together at North Carolina State from 2009-12.