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Redskins vs. Giants: Game day notes and fast facts

Pierre Garcon (88) needs 81 receiving yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the New York Giants at 8:30 p.m. in the second game of a three-game homestand.

At 3-8, the Redskins need a victory to avoid being officially eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, the Giants, who got off to a slow start but have since overtaken the Redskins for third place in the NFC East, look to get back on track after Dallas snapped their four-game win streak last Sunday.

● This is the 163rd meeting between the Redskins and Giants, which makes each team their most common opponent.

● New York leads the all-time series 93-65-4.

● Washington won the last meeting (17-16 at FedEx Field last December), and prior to that lost two straight to New York.

● The Redskins have won their past two home games against the Giants and seek their first three-game home win streak since a four-game run from 1982 to 1985.

● Washington enters the game with an 0-3 record in the NFC East while New York is 1-3.

● The Redskins are 1-5 at home this season while the Giants are 1-4 on the road.

● The Redskins rank seventh in the NFL offensively, averaging 391.9 yards a game while the Giants rank 24th with 323.9. Washington averages 22.9 points per game (19th) and New York scores 19.4 per outing (27th).

● On defense, the Redskins yield 382.1 yards a game (fifth most in the NFL). The Giants limit teams to 333.8 yards per game (12th best). The Redskins give up 30.7 points a game (second most) while the Giants yield 25.5 (eighth most).

● Wide receiver Pierre Garcon enters this game with 75 receptions, which leads the NFC and ranks second in the NFL behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown. Garcon’s 919 receiving yards rank 12th in the NFL and sixth in the NFC.

Garcon needs 29 receiving yards to surpass his single-season career-high of 947 (2011), and 81 yards would give him 1,000 on the season. That would mark the 27th 1,000-yard receiving season in Redskins history.

● Running back Alfred Morris needs 30 rushing yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark. Morris ranks third in the NFL with 970 yards, trailing LeSean McCoy (1,009 before Sunday’s games) and Adrian Peterson (997).

Morris would become the first Redskins player since Clinton Portis (2007-08) to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

● Robert Griffin III enters this game with 2,832 passing yards and needs 168 yards to surpass the 3,000-yard mark. He would become the fourth player since the 1970 league merger to throw for 3,000 yards in his first two seasons, joining Peyton Manning, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton.

● Griffin needs 359 passing yards to match his total of 3,200 from last season, and 19 completions to match last year’s total of 258.

● The Redskins’ defense enters this game seeking their fifth interception return for a touchdown, which would tie a record set in 1971.

● Washington’s defense has forced turnovers in 10 of their 11 games this season.

For in-game updates, analysis, photos and the best of social media, plus a place to talk with fellow Redskins fans, visit our live blog, from two hours before kickoff through the post-game news conferences.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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