The Washington Redskins today take on the Packers at Lambeau Field on a rainy day here in Green Bay, and today they’ll try to avoid opening the season with an 0-2 record despite being 7.5-point underdogs.
The Redskins today will try to capture their first win at Lambeau Field since 1988 when they beat the Packers 20-17.
Washington won their last three road games of the 2012 season and today will try to open the 2013 campaign with similar success.
Here are some other fast facts and things to look for in today’s game.
● This marks the first meeting between these two teams since Washington’s 16-13 overtime win over Green Bay at FedEx Field in 2010.
● The Packers enter this game with an 18-15-1 advantage over Washington.
● Green Bay posted a 7-1 record at home in 2012.
● The Redskins went 5-3 on the road in 2012.
● Washington has scored 27 points in five straight regular season games dating back to last season. A sixth would mark the first time they have had such a streak since Week’s 16 and 17 of the 1990 season and Weeks 1-4 in 1991.<
● Tight end Fred Davis needs five receiving yards to reach the 2,000-yard mark for his career.
● Linebacker London Fletcher enters the game needing one interception to tie Rich Milot with 13, which ranks fourth-most by a linebacker in Redskins history.
● Defensive end Kedric Golston will play in his 100th NFL game today.
● Quarterback Robert Griffin III has a chance to throw for 300 yards in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Griffin would become the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for at least 300 yards in the first two games of a season.
● Griffin needs one touchdown pass to reach 25 on his career. He would become the 16th quarterback in franchise history to do so.
● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs an interception to record his 20th as a Redskin and 40th for his career – something only four other active players (Ed Reed, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey and Asante Samuel) have done.
● Hall has recorded four fumbles for touchdowns, which have him tied for third in NFL history with Bill Thompson, Derrick Thomas, Keith Bulluck and Ronde Barber.
● Wide receiver needs a touchdown catch to match his single-season career high of three.
● With a pick-six today, Ryan Kerrigan can become the first linebacker in franchise history to return an interception for a touchdown in three straight seasons.
● >Linebacker Brian Orakpo needs a half-sack to become the seventh player in team history to record 30 sacks on his career.
Some connections between these teams:
● Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac held the same position with the Redskins in 2000-01.
● Redskins linebackers coach Bob Slowik served as defensive backs coach for Green Bay from 2000-03 and defensive coordinator in 2004.
● Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett played for Green Bay from 2003-10, and defensive end Phillip Merling played for the Packers in 2012.
● Green Bay safeties coach Darren Perry grew up in Chesapeake, Va.
● Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, linebackers coach Winston Moss and wide receivers coach Ben McAdoo all coached under Jim Haslett in New Orleans during various stints from 2000-05.
● Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt worked together in Tampa from 2010-11.
● Redskins strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright and Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers worked together for the Houston Texans from 2002-05.
● Redskins linebacker Darryl Tapp and Josh Wilson and Packers quarterback Seneca Wallas played together in Green Bay during various stretches from 2006-09.
● Washington tackle Tyler Polumbus and Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith played together in Seattle in 2010.
● Fletcher and Packers nose tackle Ryan Pickett played for the Rams in 2001.
● Polumbus and Packers kicker Mason Crosby and linebacker Brad Jones played college ball together at Colorado.
● Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, guard Josh LeRibeus and Green Bay safety Chris Banjo played together at Southern Methodist.
● Redskins nose tackle Chris Neild and Packers offensive lineman Dan Barclay played together at West Virginia.
● Washington cornerback Jerome Murphy and Packers linebacker Sam Barrington played together at Southern Florida.
● Guard Adam Gettis and Packers cornerback Micah Hyde and defensive end Mike Daniels all played together at Iowa.
● Orakpo and Packers tight end Jermichael Finley played together at Texas.
● Tight end Logan Paulsen, kicker Kai Forbath and Packers running back Johnathan Franklin and defensive end Datone Jones played together at UCLA.
● Davis and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews played together at USC.
● Kerrigan and Packers defensive end Mike Neal played together at Purdue.
● Running back Evan Royster and Packers tight end Andrew Quarless played together at Penn State.
● Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg and Packers wide receiver Jeremy Ross played together at Cal.
Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.
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