Washington (6-6) enters the game as a two-point favorite over Baltimore (9-3).
Despite their close proximity, the Redskins and Ravens have played each other only four times in the regular season, with Baltimore holding a 3-1 series advantage. In their last meeting – Dec. 7, 2008 – the Ravens defeated the Redskins 24-10.
Washington last defeated its neighbor in 2000, winning by a score of 10-3.
Here are some things to look for in this game.
- The Redskins are coming off of their third 200-yard rushing game of the season. A fourth today would mark only the second time since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger that the team has done so. The Redskins last recorded four 200-yard rushing games in 1985.
- Washington has rushed for at least 100 yards in 11 games this season (an NFL high).
- The Redskins boast the league’s top rushing attack, averaging 167.2 yards a game.
- If Washington scores 30 points or more today, it will mark the sixth time this season that they have done so. The Redskins last scored 30 points or more that many times in 1996.
- Kicker Kai Forbath has made 11-of-11 field goals since joining the Redskins. He needs five more makes to tie the NFL record (owned by Garrett Hartley) for consecutive field goals made to start a career.
- DeAngelo Hall needs one interception to bring his career total to 40. Only five other active players have reached that milestone.
- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan needs one sack to match his career-high of 7.5 sacks in a single season.
- Alfred Morris needs one 100-yard game to become the first Redskin with six such games since Clinton Portis in 2008 to do so.
- Morris and Griffin both need two rushing touchdowns to tie the franchise rookie touchdown record of eight, which Skip Hicks set in 1998.
- Santana Moss enters this game seeking his 45th touchdown reception as a Redskin. He would become the seventh player in franchise history to reach that milestone.
- Moss needs two touchdown catches to tie his single-season high of nine as a Redskin. Moss had nine in 2005.
- A victory today would mark the team’s first 4-0 streak since Weeks 2-5 of the 2008 season, and it would give Washington a 7-6 record and push them above .500 in the month of December since Week 16 of the 2008 season.
- With a victory today, Mike Shanahan would earn his 172nd overall win (regular and postseason) as a head coach, passing Joe Gibbs for 12th on the All-time list.
- A win today would give Shanahan his highest single-season total since coming to Washington.
Some connections between these teams:
- Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster held the same position in Baltimore 2005-07.
- Redskins guard Chris Chester played for Baltimore 2006-10.
- Long-snapper Nick Sundberg was a member of Baltimore’s practice squad in 2009.
- Cornerback Josh Wilson played for Baltimore in 2009.
- Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron coached Washington’s quarterbacks from 1994-96.
- Baltimore’s assistant general manager Eric DeCosta was a training camp intern with Washington in 1995.
- Ravens nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu played for the Redskins in 2011.
- Redskins punter Sav Rocca played for Philadelphia from 2007-10 when Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was the secondary coach there in 2007 and when Baltimore strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki was assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2006-07.
- Injured Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather played for New England in 2007-10 under Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who held the same position for the Patriots from 2006-09.
- Redskins linebackers coach Bob Slowick and Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks were on the same coaching staffs in Denver and Cleveland (1993-98 in Denver, 1999 in Cleveland).
- Foerster and Brooks coached together for the Miami Dolphins in 2004.
- Foerster and Baltimore quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell coached together in Tampa Bay (2001) and Indianapolis (2002-03).
- Wide receiver Pierre Garcon played in Indianapolis under Caldwell from 2008-11.
- Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000-05, and Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler was a member of his staff as assistant receivers coach/offensive quality control coach (2001-02.
- Hostler served as Jets’ receivers/quarterbacks coach from 2003-04 and Santana Moss played under him there.
- Moss and Baltimore safety Ed Reed were teammates at the University of Miami.
- Redskins defensive end and Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe were teammates at Georgia.
- Redskins linebacker Bryan Kehl and Ravens tight end Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta were teammates at BYU.
- Redskins tackle Tyler Polumbus and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith were teammates at Colorado.
- Injured linebacker Keenan Robinson and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker were teammates at Texas.
- Guard Maurice Hurt and Ravens receiver Deonte Thompson played together at Florida.
- Injured defensive end Adam Carriker and Ravens punter Sam Coch played at Nebraska together.