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Week 1 What To Watch For


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»» The Redskins kicking off their 85th season in franchise history, dating back to their debut as the Boston Braves in 1932.

»» The Redskins representing Washington, D.C., for an 80th straight season, dating back to the team’s move to the District prior to the team’s 1937 championship season.

»» The Redskins repeating as NFC East champions for the first time since winning the division in three consecutive seasons from 1982-84. The Redskins would be the first team to repeat as NFC East champions since the 2001-04 Philadelphia Eagles.

»» The Redskins making the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since doing it in three straight seasons from 1990-92.

»» The Redskins posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1996-97.

»» The Redskins winning four home games to reach 350 home wins all-time, including postseason play. Washington’s all-time home record is 346-254-11.

»» Head Coach Jay Gruden becoming the first Redskins coach to guide the team to consecutive postseason berths since Joe Gibbs (1990-92).

»» Gruden joining Pro Football Hall of Famers George Allen and Joe Gibbs as the only head coaches to guide the Redskins to the postseason in two of their first three seasons with the team.

»» The Redskins exceeding 5,000 offensive yards for a 12th straight season. Only five other NFL teams have an active streak of 11 or more seasons with 5,000 yards (Green Bay, New Orleans, New England, Philadephia and Dallas).

»» The Redskins leading the NFL in team completion percentage again to become the first team to lead the league in consecutive seasons since the New Orleans Saints across the 2010-11 campaigns.

»» The Redskins amassing 4,000 passing yards in three consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.

»» The Redskins throwing 30 touchdown passes as a team in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.

»» The Redskins allowing 30 or fewer sacks in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006-07.

»» The Redskins ranking in the Top 10 in the NFL in points per game in consecutive seasons for the first time since a three-year stretch across the 1989-91 seasons. Washington was 10th in the NFL in points per game in 2015 (24.3).

»» The Redskins finishing in the Top 10 in the NFL in average kickoff return yardage allowed for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons. The Redskins finished fourth in kickoff return average against last season (20.1) and ranked in the Top 10 in the category for seven consecutive seasons from 2005-11.

»» The Redskins posting consecutive seasons with a positive turnover differential for the first time since the 1995-97 seasons. The Redskins finished plus-five in turnover differential in 2015.

»» The following players appearing in enough contests to reach 100 career regular season games played: center Kory Lichtensteiger (10) and defensive end Ricky Jean Francois (seven).

»» Cornerback Bashaud Breeland recording multiple interceptions to become the first member of the Redskins since Sean Taylor (2004-05) to open a career with multiple picks in each of his first three NFL seasons.

»» Quarterback Kirk Cousins chasing Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen’s team record of 23 consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Cousins’ active streak stands at 17 games, including 16 in the regular season. All 23 of Jurgensen’s qualifying games came in regular season play.

»» Cousins (69.8 in 2015) leading the NFL in completion percentage again to become the first NFL quarterback to lead the league in consecutive years since Drew Brees in 2010-11.

»» Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback to lead the NFL in completion percentage in consecutive seasons since Sonny Jurgensen in 1969-70.

»» Cousins (12) chasing No. 2 Joe Theismann (14) and No. 1 Sonny Jurgensen (15) for the most career 300-yard passing games in team history.

»» Cousins (950) throwing 114 passes to move past No. 10 Robert Griffin III (1,063) on the team’s Top 10 list for career pass attempts.

»» Cousins (619) chasing No. 8 Robert Griffin III (679), No. 7 Gus Frerotte (744) and No. 6 Billy Kilmer (953) on the team’s all-time pass completions list.

»» Cousins (7,196) chasing No. 11 Jay Schroeder (7,445), No. 10 Eddie LeBaron (8,068), No. 9 Robert Griffin III (8,097), No. 8 Norm Snead (8,306) and No. 7 Gus Frerotte (9,769) on the team’s all-time passing yardage list.

»» Cousins (7,196) passing for 2,804 yards to become the seventh player in team history to reach 10,000 career passing yards with the Redskins (Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen, Sammy Baugh, Mark Rypien, Billy Kilmer and Jason Campbell).

»» Cousins (47) chasing No. 8 Gus Frerotte (48), No. 7 Jason Campbell (55) and No. 6 Eddie LeBaron (59) on the team’s all-time passing touchdowns list.

»» Cousins repeating his 4,000-yard passing performance from a season ago to become the first player in team history with multiple 4,000-yard passing seasons.

»» Cousins entering the season having 232 consecutive pass attempts at home without an interception dating back to Week 1 vs. Miami, the longest such home streak in team history according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also threw an additional 46 passes without an interception in the NFC Wild Card Round last year.

»» Cousins posting a 100.0 or better passer rating to become the first Redskins quarterback to post multiple 100-rating seasons (min. 100 attempts).

»» Cousins adding to his active streak of six consecutive regular season games with a passer rating of 100.0 or better, the longest streak by a Redskins quarterback in records available back to 1960.

»» Tight end Vernon Davis (461) catching 39 passes to become the 12th tight end in NFL history to record 500 career receptions.

»» Davis (5,841) gaining 467 receiving yards to pass No. 10 Steve Jordan (6,307) and enter the Top 10 in career receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history.

»» Davis (55) chasing Nos. 5 Jason Witten and Jerry Smith (60), No. 4 Shannon Sharpe (62) and No. 3 Rob Gronkowski (65) on the NFL’s receiving touchdowns list among tight ends.

»» Davis (148) playing in two games to reach 150 career regular season games played. Davis (140) also can reach 150 career regular season starts with 10 more starts.

»» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon catching 65 or more passes for a fourth consecutive season, which would tie the longest streak in team history (Art Monk, 1988-91).

»» Garçon (485) catching 15 passes to reach 500 career receptions.

»» Garçon (297) making three catches to become the ninth player to record 300 career receptions with the Redskins (Art Monk, Charley Taylor, Santana Moss, Gary Clark, Chris Cooley, Jerry Smith, Ricky Sanders and Bobby Mitchell).

»» Garçon (3,508) gaining 773 receiving yards to pass No. 10 Michael Westbrook (4,280) and enter the Top 10 in career receiving yards in team history.

»» Garçon reaching 100 career regular season starts with his next start.

»» Defensive lineman Kedric Golston (140) playing in 10 games to reach 150 career regular season games played.

»» Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history.

»» Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players.

»» Hall (23) chasing No. 9 Ken Houston (24), Nos. 7 Pat Fischer and Mark Murphy (27), No. 6 Paul Krause (28) and others on the Redskins’ all-time interception list.

»» Kicker Dustin Hopkins (114 in 2015) scoring 100 or more points to become the first member of the Redskins to post back-to-back 100-point campaigns since Graham Gano in 2010-11.

»» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (7,814) gaining 186 receiving yards to become the eighth active player to reach 8,000 career receiving yards (Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson).

»» Jackson (42) recording eight receiving touchdowns to reach 50 career receiving touchdowns.

»» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan reaching 7.5 sacks for a sixth consecutive season to become the fifth player in NFL history to post at least 7.5 sacks in the first six seasons of a career. Only Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White have accomplished the feat since the NFL made sacks an official statistic in 1982.

»» Kerrigan (47.5) recording 2.5 sacks to become the third player in team history to reach 50 career sacks since 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann).

»» Kerrigan (five) joining Manley (seven) as the only players in franchise history to record at least six seasons with 7.5 or more sacks.

»» Kerrigan adding to his streak of five consecutive seasons with 16 starts. From 2011-15, Kerrigan became one of only three players in team history to open his career with 16 games played in each of his first five seasons (Jon Jansen and Champ Bailey).

»» Tight end Jordan Reed (11 receiving touchdowns in 2015) recording 10 or more receiving touchdowns to join Bobby Mitchell (two) as the only players in Redskins history to post multiple 10-touchdown receiving seasons.

»» Reed catching 10 or more touchdowns to become the first player in franchise history to record double-digit receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

»» Reed leading the team in receptions to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Chris Cooley (2006-08).

»» Reed leading the team in receiving yards to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Bill Anderson (1959-60).

»» Reed leading the team in receiving touchdowns to become the first Redskins tight end to do so in consecutive seasons since Jean Fugett (1976-78).

»» Reed (182) catching 18 passes to join Chris Cooley (429), Jerry Smith (421) and Don Warren (244) as the only tight ends in team history to reach 200 career receptions with the team.

»» Reed (14) chasing No. 4 Clint Didier (19) and No. 3 Jean Fugett (21) on the team’s all-time receiving touchdowns list among tight ends.

»» Guard Brandon Scherff starting all 16 games to become the third offensive lineman in team history to open a career with consecutive 16-start seasons (Jon Jansen in 1999-2000 and Chris Samuels in 2000-01).

»» Linebacker Preston Smith repeating his 8.0-sack campaign from 2015 to join Brian Orakpo (2009-10) as the only players in franchise history to begin their careers with at least eight sacks in each of their first two NFL seasons.

»» Returner Rashad Ross recording his second career kickoff return touchdown to tie the team record for career kickoff return touchdowns. Andy Farkas (1938-44), Eddie Saenz (1946-51), Bobby Mitchell (1962-68) and Brian Mitchell (1990-99) are tied for the franchise lead with two each.

»» Punter Tress Way (two) averaging at least 45.0 yards per punt to join Pro Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh (eight) as the only players in team history to record three or more seasons with a punting average of 45.0 or more yards.

»» Tackle Trent Williams appearing in 15 games to reach 100 career regular season games played and starting 16 games to reach 100 career regular season starts.

»» Williams earning a fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection to join Ken Houston (7, 1973-79), Len Hauss (6, 1967-72) and Chris Hanburger (5, 1972-76) as the only players in franchise history to record the honor in five consecutive years.

»» Williams making the Pro Bowl to become only the eighth player in Redskins history to record at least five career Pro Bowl selections (Chris Hanburger, 9; Charley Taylor, 8; Darrell Green, 7; Ken Houston, 7; Chris Samuels, 6; Len Hauss, 6; Gene Brito, 5).

 

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»» The Redskins opening the season on Monday Night Football for the 11th time since the introduction of the broadcast package in 1970.

»» The Redskins seeking their first season-opening Monday night win since defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 35-16, in Week 1 of 1993.

»» The Redskins improving upon their 40-40-4 all-time record in season openers, including a 24-22 record in openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

»» The Redskins opening the season against an AFC opponent for the third straight year for the first time since the formation of conferences following the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Redskins opened against the Houston Texans in 2014 and Miami Dolphins in 2015.

»» The Redskins opening a season at home for a second straight year, marking the first time the franchise has played consecutive season openers at FedExField since 2010-11.

»» The Redskins improving upon their 17-12 record in Week 1 home games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Washington is 8-4 all-time at FedExField on Kickoff Weekend.

»» The Redskins adding to their 30-16 record in home openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Redskins have won 11 of their last 16 home openers, including most recently in 2014 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

»» The Redskins attempting to snap a current five-game losing streak against the Steelers and earn their first victory against Pittsburgh since 1991.

»» The Redskins scoring 30 or more points in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 1-4 of the 1991 season.

»» The Redskins setting a team record with a fourth consecutive regular season game with 400 yards of offense (dating back to last season), surpassing three-game streaks in 1949, 1981-82, 1983 and 2013.

»» The Redskins recording four or more sacks in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 5-8 of the 1992 season.

»» The Redskins posting zero turnovers in a third consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time since Weeks 8-11 of the 2012 season.

»» Quarterback Kirk Cousins adding to his streak of 17 consecutive games (including 16 regular season games) with a touchdown pass. The streak is already the second-longest in team history (23, Sonny Jurgensen).

»» Cousins entering the game having 232 consecutive regular season pass attempts at home without an interception dating back to Week 1 last year vs. Miami, the longest such home streak in team history according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also threw an additional 46 passes without an interception in the NFC Wild Card Round last year.

»» Cousins recording his 13th career 300-yard passing game, including postseason. Cousins is two 300-yard passing games shy of tying Joe Theismann (14) for second-most in team history.

»» Cousins continuing his active six-game streak of consecutive regular season games with a passer rating of 100.0 or better (dating back to last season).

»» Cousins (950) attempting 50 passes to become the 12th quarterback to attempt 1,000 career passes with the Redskins.

»» Cousins (7,196) throwing for 250 yards to pass Jay Schroeder (7,445) for 11th-most career passing yards in Redskins history.

»» Cousins (47) throwing one touchdown to tie or two touchdowns to pass Gus Frerotte (48) for eighth-most career touchdown passes in Redskins histiory.

»» Cousins (47) throwing three touchdown passes to join Sammy Baugh, Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, Billy Kilmer, Mark Rypien, Eddie LeBaron and Jason Campbell as the only quarterbacks in team history to throw 50 career touchdown passes.

»» Wide receiver Pierre Garçon starting his 100th career NFL regular season game.

»» Garçon catching a touchdown pass in a fourth consecutive regular season game (dating back to last season) for the first time in his career. It would be the first such streak by a member of the Redskins since Fred Davis in 2009.

»» Safety DeAngelo Hall (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor (six) for the most career fumble return touchdowns in NFL history.

»» Hall (three with Washington) returning another fumble for a touchdown to break the team record for career fumble return touchdowns (three by Chris Hanburger and Brad Dusek).

»» Hall improving upon his 43 career interceptions, most among active NFL players.

»» Hall intercepting a pass to tie Ken Houston (24) for ninthmost in team history.

»» Hall maintaining his lead among active players in career nonoffensive touchdowns (10).

»» Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (7,814) gaining 186 receiving yards to become the eighth active player to reach 8,000 career receiving yards (Andre Johnson, Steve Smith Sr., Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson).

»» Jackson (24) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (25) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger.

»» Jackson (20) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Devin Hester (21) for second-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history.

»» Jackson improving upon his 33 career regular season receptions of 50 yards or more, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008.

»» Jackson maintaining his 19.7-yard average on receptions since joining the Redskins in 2014, the best among qualified NFL players in that time frame.

»» Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recording 2.5 sacks to become the third player in team history to reach 50 career sacks since 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann).

»» Tight end Jordan Reed (1,916) gaining 84 receiving yards to become the sixth tight end in team history to record 2,000 career receiving yards with the team (Jerry Smith, Chris Cooley, Bill Anderson, Don Warren and Fred Davis).

»» Returner Rashad Ross recording his second career kickoff return touchdown to tie the team record for career kickoff return touchdowns. Andy Farkas (1938-44), Eddie Saenz (1946-51), Bobby Mitchell (1962-68) and Brian Mitchell (1990-99) are tied for the franchise lead with two each.

 

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... be the Redskins’ fifth consecutive regular season win, dating back to last season, the team’s longest streak since 2012 (seven).
... improve the Redskins to 43-32-3 all-time against the Steelers.
... make the Redskins 21-12-3 all-time at home against the Steelers.
... snap a five-game losing streak to the Steelers and give the Redskins’ their first victory against them since 1991.
... give the Redskins three consecutive wins against AFC North opponents dating back to 2012.
... push the Redskins to 41-40-4 all-time record in season openers and 25-22 record in openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
... give Head Coach Jay Gruden his first career win on Kickoff Weekend.

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On 9/8/2016 at 3:13 PM, pjfootballer said:

Anyone know if we will have "85th season" patches? Would be cool to have an 85/80 patch. 

I want to live long enough to get a 100 year patch

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