The Washington Redskins face the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for a 4:25 kickoff on FOX.
Mike Shanahan returns to the city where he spent 21 seasons total and 14 as head coach. Shanahan guided Denver to victories in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII and became the fifth coach in NFL history to win back-to-back Super Bowls. His 138 regular season victories with Denver rank first in team history. This marks the first time that Shanahan has faced his former team after getting fired following the 2008 season. For his accomplishments, the Broncos are expected to honor Shanahan with a video tribute today.
Here are some other things to look for in this game:
● The Redskins enter this game with a 2-4 record and seek their first two-game win streak since last season. Washington aims to improve to 2-0 against AFC West opponents after defeating the Oakland Raiders in Week 4.
● The Redskins will have to score plenty of points to keep up with the Broncos, who lead the league in scoring, averaging 42.6 points a game. Washington is coming off of a 45-point outing in a win over Chicago last week. Another 40-point outing toady would give Washington its first two-game stretch of scoring at least 40 points in back-to-back games since Weeks 11 and 12 of the 1991 season.
● The Redskins, who racked up 499 yards last week, haven’t accumulated at least 450 yards in back-to-back weeks since Weeks 3 and 4 of the 2006 season. The Redskins have a chance to amass at least 400 yards in three straight games for the first times since the Week 7-9 stretch of the 1983 season.
● Washington has rushed for 200 yards in two straight games. A third 200-yard rushing effort would mark the first time in team history that the Redskins have accomplished such a feat.
● Washington’s defense enters the game having forced at least one turnover in each of the last 10 games. An 11th straight game would tie the Redskins’ longest takeaway streak (11 games from Weeks 7-17 of the 2005 season).
● Washington’s defense has scored four touchdowns. A fifth today would mark the most by the defense since posting five in the 1994 season.
● Tight end Jordan Reed recorded nine receptions last week to bring his season total to 26. Reed needs 12 more catches to surpass Stephen Alexander (1998) and Chris Cooley (2004) for the most receptions in a season by a rookie tight end.
● With a 100-yard game today, Reed can become only the second Redskins tight end with multiple 100-yard games in a single season. The first was Jerry Smith, who recorded three in 1967 and two in 1968.
Connections between these teams:
● Mike Shanahan and Redskins assistants Bobby Turner, Jacob Burney, Keith Burns, Mike McDaniel, and Bob Slowik all worked together in Denver.
● Former Broncos now playing for Washington: Guard Kory Lichtensteiger (2008), tackle Tyler Polumbus (2008-09) and defensive lineman Chris Baker (2009).
● Denver cornerback Champ Bailey played for Washington from 1999-2003.
● Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and Broncos head coach John Fox worked together for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994.
● Linebackers coach Bob Slowik and Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville worked together for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98.
● Offensive line coach Chris Foerster and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase worked together for the San Francisco 49ers in 2008.
● Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel, head strength and conditioning coach Ray Wright, assistant defensive backs/ special teams coach Richard Hightower and Broncos linebackers Coach Richard Smith all worked together for the Houston Texans from 2006-08. Quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur worked with the group in Houston in 2008.
● Safety Brandon Meriweather, Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (2007-10) and cornerback Tony Carter (2010) all played together for the New England Patriots.
● Quarterback Rex Grossman and Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen played together for the Texans in 2009.
● Redskins long-snapper Kyle Nelson, Broncos cornerback Quentin Jammer, defensive end Shaun Phillips and guard Louis Vasquez all played together for the San Diego Chargers in 2012.
● Punter Sav Rocca (2007-10), linebacker Darryl Tapp (2010-11) and Broncos tackle Winston Justice all played together for the Philadelphia Eagles. Tapp and Justice also played with Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Philadelphia in 2011, and Broncos center Steve Vallos for Philadelphia in 2012.
● Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and tight end Jacob Tamme all played together for the Indianapolis Colts from 2008-11.
● Linebacker Nick Barnett and Broncos linebacker Paris Lenon played together for the Green Bay Packers from 2003-05.
● Cornerback DeAngelo Hall and Broncos kicker Matt Prater played together for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.
● Tackle Tyler Polumbus and Broncos guard John Moffitt played together for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011.
● Cornerback Josh Wilson, Tapp and Broncos center Steve Vallos played together for the Seattle Seahawks from 2008-09.
● Chris Baker and Broncos assistant special teams coach Derius Swinton played together at Hampton from 2005-06, where Swinton played safety.
● Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and Broncos tackle Orlando Franklin played together at Miami from 2007-10.
● Linebacker Perry Riley, Jr. and Broncos receiver Trindon Holliday played together at LSU from 2006-09.
● Cornerback David Amerson and Broncos linebacker Nate Irving played together at N.C. State in 2010.
● Tight end Fred Davis and Winston Justice played together at USC in 2005.
● Kicker Kai Forbath (2008-10), tight end Logan Paulsen (2008-09) and Broncos safety Rahim Moore all played together at UCLA.
● Cornerback Jerome Murphy and Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster played together at South Florida in 2009.