Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Bills 2015 Week 15 matchup at FedExField in Landover, Md.*
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 15WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-7) vs. BUFFALO BILLS (6-7)Sunday, Dec. 20 – 1 p.m. ET
FedExField (82,000) – Landover, Md.
The Washington Redskins will play their final regular season game at FedExField this season on Sunday when the team faces the Buffalo Bills in Week 15. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Last week, the Redskins exorcised their road demons, snapping a nine-game road losing streak with a 24-21 win against the Chicago Bears. This week, the Redskins will attempt to string together consecutive victories for the first time since Weeks 7-8 of the 2014 season.
Following the victory last week, various members of the Redskins shouted "Pro Bowl!" in the midst of tight end Jordan Reed's postgame interviews, and with each passing week, their case grows stronger. Despite missing two games this season, Reed ranks second among NFL tight ends with 67 receptions, including seven touchdowns (tied for the most in the NFC). Reed's 67 receptions this season are already tied with Redskins legend Jerry Smith for the fourth-most receptions by a tight end in a single season in team history.
SERIES HISTORY— Bills lead overall series, 8-5
— Bills lead regular season series, 8-4
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— Last meeting: Oct. 30, 2011 (23-0, BUF)
TELEVISION: FOX— Kenny Albert (play-by-play)
— Daryl Johnston (color)
— Laura Okmin (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Broadcast Network— Larry Michael (play-by-play)
— Sonny Jurgensen (color)
— Chris Cooley (analysis)
— Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
Compass Media Networks— Chris Carrino (play-by-play)
— Brian Baldinger (color)
THE OPPONENTThe Buffalo Bills enter Week 15 of the 2015 regular season with a record of 6-7 following a 23-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14. Last season, the Bills finished second in the AFC East with a record of 9-7. This season is the team's first under head coach Rex Ryan.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor leads the Bills' passing attack in his first year with the team. He has completed 195-of-307 passes for 2,439 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Taylor has also gained 371 rushing yards on 71 carries with three rushing touchdowns.
LeSean McCoy is the team's leading rusher in his first season in Buffalo. McCoy has gained 866 yards on 193 carries with three rushing touchdowns. Rookie running back Karlos Williams leads the team with five rushing touchdowns and has gained 376 rushing yards on 66 carries.
Tight end Charles Clay is the team's leading receiver with a team-high 51 receptions for 528 yards with three receiving touchdowns. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins leads the team with 716 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions on 39 total receptions.
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore leads the Bills' secondary with three interceptions and 18 passes defensed. Safety Corey Graham has compiled a team-high 98 tackles (73 solo) through 13 games. Defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Mario Williams are tied for the team lead with four sacks each.
Dan Carpenter handles kicking duties for Buffalo and has converted 18-of-22 field goals and 30-of-34 extra point attempts. Kicker Jordan Gay handles kickoffs for the team and has averaged 64.2 yards on 61 kickoffs with 34 touchbacks. Colton Schmidt is the team's punter and has averaged 46.7 yards on 70 punts.
Wide receiver Marcus Thigpen is the team's primary returner and has averaged 6.9 yards on 17 punt returns in addition to averaging 19.8 yards on 14 kickoff returns.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK• The Redskins earning victories in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 7-8 last season.
• The Redskins finishing the regular season with a 6-2 home record by winning a sixth home game in a season for the first time since 2005 (6-2).
• The Redskins and Bills staging a rematch of the Redskins' 37-24 victory in Super Bowl XXVI, one of 19 Super Bowl rematches the NFL is celebrating as part of the league's season-long celebration leading up to Super Bowl 50.
• The Redskins attempting to even their all-time home record against the Bills at 3-3 and earn their first home win against Buffalo since 1990.
• The Redskins defeating an AFC opponent for the first time since Week 7 last season (vs. Tennessee).
• The Redskins beating an AFC East team for the first time since defeating the New York Jets on Nov. 4, 2007.
• The Redskins completing 50 passes to tie the team record for completions in a season set last year (364).
• The Redskins maintaining their 69.0 completion percentage, which is on pace to finish as the best in team history (66.5 in 2014).
• The Redskins adding to their seven multiple-takeaway games this season, the team's most through the first 13 games of a season since 2012 (nine).
• The Redskins posting their fifth three-takeaway game this season, their most since 2012 (six).
• The Redskins recovering three or more opponent fumbles in multiple games in a single season for the first time since 2005 (Weeks 14 and 17).
• The Redskins setting a franchise record with their third kickoff return touchdown this season. The 2015 Redskins have already tied a team record with two kickoff return touchdowns (2005, 1947, 1942).
• The Redskins recording a kickoff return or punt return for a touchdown to give them their third combined special teams return for touchdown in a season for the first time since 1955 (two punt return touchdowns, one kick return touchdown).
• The Redskins scoring two more two-point conversions to tie the team record for two-point conversions in a season (three in 1994).
• Defensive lineman Chris Baker adding to his career highs in sacks (5.0), forced fumbles (three) and fumble recoveries (one).
• Cornerback Will Blackmon (one) recording a new career high for interceptions in a season with his next pick and/or setting a new career high with his next forced fumble (two currently).
• Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (two) surpassing his career high for interceptions in a season (two in 2014) with his next pick.
• Breeland (14) setting a new career high with his next pass defensed (14 in 2014).
• Breeland recovering a fumble to become the first Redskins defender to recover three opponent fumbles in a season since linebacker London Fletcher in 2010.
• Quarterback Kirk Cousins (314) completing 14 passes to break Jason Campbell's franchise record for completions in a season (327 in 2009).
• Cousins breaking a tie with Sonny Jurgensen (five in 1967), Jay Schroeder (five in 1986) and Mark Rypien (five in 1989) to set a team record with his sixth 300-yard passing game this season.
• Cousins recording his 10th career 300-yard passing game to tie Mark Rypien for third-most in team history.
• Cousins extending his career-best streak of 13 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, already the third-longest in team history.
• Cousins throwing a touchdown to become the first Redskins quarterback to record a touchdown pass in each of the first 14 games of a season since Jurgensen in 1967.
• Cousins engineering another fourth-quarter comeback victory to become the first Redskins quarterback with three such victories in a season since Robert Griffin III in 2012.
• Cousins (36) chasing No. 12 Mark Brunell (38) and No. 11 Jay Schroeder (39) on the team's all-time leaderboard for passing touchdowns.
• Cousins (18) throwing two touchdowns to post the 22nd season with 20 passing touchdowns by a quarterback in team history.
• Cousins remaining as one of four NFL quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in every game this season (Blake Bortles, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson).
• Cousins (3,306) throwing for 135 or more yards to enter the Top 10 in single-season passing yardage in team history.
• Cousins (3,306) throwing for 194 yards to post the ninth 3,500-yard passing season in team history.
• Cousins (four) scoring another rushing touchdown to break a tie with Eddie LeBaron (four in 1955) and Joe Theismann (four in 1979) for second-most rushing touchdowns in a season by a Redskins quarterback.
• Cousins completing 30 passes to add to his team record for 30-completion games in a season (three).
• Cousins posting a passer rating of 100.0 or better in a fourth consecutive game for the first time in his career.
• Cousins becoming only the third Redskins quarterback since 1960 to post a passer rating of 100.0 or better in four or more consecutive games (Griffin, five games in 2012, and Rypien, four games in 1988).
• Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (49) catching five passes to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor (53 in 1964) for third-most receptions by a rookie in team history.
• Crowder becoming the first Redskins wide receiver since Rod Gardner (four in 2001) to record multple receiving touchdowns as a rookie (does not include backs and tight ends).
• Safety Dashon Goldson returning another interception for a touchdown to become the seventh member of the Redskins to record two interception return touchdowns in a single season (DeAngelo Hall in 2013, Andre Collins in 1994, Vernon Dean in 1984, Dale Hackbart in 1961, Dan Sandifer in 1948 and Pug Rentner in 1936).
• Defensive back DeAngelo Hall intercepting a pass to give him 24 interceptions as a member of the Redskins, which would tie him with Ken Houston for ninth-most in team history.
• Hall (43) picking off two passes to join Charles Woodson as the only active players to reach 45 career interceptions.
• Hall returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jessie Tuggle for the second-most in NFL history (five). Hall's four career fumble return touchdowns are currently tied for third in NFL history with Bill Thompson, Derrick Thomas, Keith Bulluck and Ronde Barber.
• Hall returning a fumble for a touchdown to become the first player in NFL history with five fumble returns for touchdowns and five interception returns for touchdowns.
• Kicker Dustin Hopkins (93) scoring seven points to post the 25th 100-point season in team history.
• Hopkins converting a field goal attempt of 50 yards or longer to become the seventh Redskins kicker since the 1970 merger to record three 50-plus-yard field goals in a single season and the first since Graham Gano (four) in 2011.
• Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (23) recording two 50-plus-yard touchdowns to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (25) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger.
• Jackson (19) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Bobby Mitchell (20) for third-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history.
• Jackson improving upon his 32 career regular season receptions of 50 yards or more, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008.
• Running back Matt Jones becoming the first Redskins running back to record two 100-yard receiving performances in a single season since Dick James in 1962.
• Jones (one) joining James (two), Craig McEwen (two) and Larry Brown (two) as the only Redskins running backs since 1950 with multiple 100-yard receiving games in their Redskins careers.
• Jones scoring another receiving touchdown to become the first Redskins running back with two receiving touchdowns during his rookie season since Keiland Williams (two) in 2010.
• Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (7.5) continuing his 2015 season as one of only five NFL players since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 to record 7.5 sacks in each of his first five seasons (Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White).
• Kerrigan recording a sack in consecutive games for the third time this season (Weeks 4-5 and Weeks 11-12).
• Kerrigan forcing a fumble to improve upon his 16 career forced fumbles, the most by a member of the Redskins since 1994.
• Kerrigan (16) forcing two fumbles to tie Charles Tillman (18) for the most by any player since Kerrigan entered the league in 2011.
• Running back Alfred Morris (1,028) chasing Terry Allen (1,043) for the fifth-most rushing attempts in team history.
• Morris registering his 13th career 100-yard rushing game to pass Byner, George Rogers and Terry Allen (12) for sole possession of fifth-most 100-yard rushing games in team history.
• Morris recording a rushing touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 8-9 last season.
• Morris (29) scoring a rushing touchdown to become the seventh player in Redskins history to record 30 career rushing touchdowns.
• Morris (29) rushing for two touchdowns to tie George Rogers (31) for sixth-most in Redskins history.
• Morris (29) becoming the 19th active NFL player to reach 30 career rushing touchdowns.
• Linebacker Trent Murphy adding to his 3.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, both career highs.
• Murphy recording a sack in a third consecutive game for the first time in his career.
• Tight end Jordan Reed adding to his career highs in receptions (67), receiving yards (694) and receiving touchdowns (seven).
• Reed (67) chasing Chris Cooley on the team's list of receptions by a tight end in a single season, recording four receptions to tie Cooley for third (71 in 2005) or 10 receptions to tie Cooley for second (77 in 2010).
• Reed (seven) scoring a receiving touchdown to tie Cooley (eight in 2007) for fifth-most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season in team history.
• Reed (seven) posting two receiving touchdowns to tie Jerry Smith (nine in both 1969 and 1970) and Pat Richter (nine in 1968) for second-most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season in team history.
• Reed recording a receiving touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game stretch in Weeks 7-10.
• Reed posting his third game with multiple touchdown receptions to become the first Redskins tight end since Smith (four in 1967) to record two or more touchdowns in at least three games in a season.
• Reed recording consecutive 100-yard receiving games for the first time in his career.
• Reed becoming the first Redskins tight end with back-to-back 100-yard receiving performances since Smith in Weeks 12-13 in 1968.
• Reed posting his fourth career 100-yard receiving game, which trails only Smith among tight ends in team history (seven).
• Andre Roberts or Rashad Ross (one each) returning a kickoff for touchdown to tie Eddie Saenz' franchise record for kickoff return touchdowns in a single season (two in 1947).
• Roberts or Ross recording his second 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.
A WIN WOULD…... represent consecutive victories for Washington for the first time since Weeks 7-8 last season.
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... mark Washington's seventh victory in a season for the first time since 2012 and the eighth time since the turn of the century.
... match the Redskins' combined win total from the 2013-14 seasons (seven).
... push the Redskins to 6-2 at home this season, the team's best home record since 2005 (6-2).
... be the Redskins' first against an AFC opponent since Week 7 last season vs. Tennessee and their first against an AFC East team since Nov. 4, 2007 against the New York Jets.
... snap an eight-game losing streak against AFC East opponents.
... even the Redskins' all-time home record against the Bills at 3-3.
... represent the Redskins' first home win against Buffalo since 1990.
... give the Redskins 599 all-time victories, including postseason play.
REDSKINS-BILLS CONNECTIONSFamily Connection:
- Redskins guard Arie Kouandjio (age 23) is the older brother of Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (22). Both Arie and Cyrus were born in Cameroon, but grew up in Hyattsville, Md. They both attended DeMatha Catholic H.S. before attending the University of Alabama. Cyrus was selected by the Bills in the second round (44th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Arie was selected by the Redskins in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. This would mark their first NFL game against each other.
Former Bills on Redskins:
- Assistant Special Teams Coach Bradford Banta (2004, TE/LS)
- Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell (2006-09, Defensive Coordinator/Interim Head Coach)
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (2013)
- Assistant Strength & Conditioning/Skill Development Coach Joe Kim (2009, Pass Rush Consultant)
- K Dustin Hopkins (2013)
Former Redskins on Bills:
- S Bacarri Rambo (2013-14)
Bills from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- QB Tyrod Taylor (Hampton, Va.)
- QB EJ Manuel (Virginia Beach, Va.)
- T Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md.)
- CB Ronald Darby (Oxon Hill, Md.)
Redskins from New York:
FB Darrel Young (Amityville)
Bills who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- QB Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)
Redskins who went to college in New York:
- Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (United States Military Academy at West Point)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Head Coach Jay Gruden (2011-13) coached Bills QB Josh Johnson (2013) and Bills DE Manny Lawson (2011-12) during his time in Cincinnati. Gruden served as the Offensive Coordinator.
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2012-14) and Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13) coached DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13) and Bills CB Mario Butler (2012) in Dallas in 2012. Callahan served as Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and Phillips served in various offensive positions there.
- S Dashon Goldson (2007-12), DE Ricky Jean Francois (2009-12), Lawson (2006-10) and Bills RB Boobie Dixon (2010-13) played together in San Francisco in 2010. Also, TE Derek Carrier (2013-14) and Johnson (2014) played together in San Francisco in 2014.
- LB Mason Foster (2011-14), Goldson (2013-14), Bills WR Marcus Thigpen (2014) played together in Tampa Bay in 2014.
- DL Chris Baker (2010), Bills G Richie Incognito (2010-13) and Bills K Dan Carpenter (2008-12) played together in Miami in 2010.
- Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh (1994-95) and Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan (1994-95) worked together in Arizona from 1994-95. Cavanaugh served in the same capacity while Ryan served as Defensive Line/Linebackers Coach there. In addition to that, Cavanaugh (1999-2004) and Ryan (1999-2008) worked together in Baltimore from 1999-2004. Cavanaugh served as Offensive Coordinator while Ryan served as Defensive Line Coach during that time.
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2008-11), Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (2007-13), Cavanaugh (2009-12) and Ryan (2009-14) worked together for the New York Jets from 2009-11. Callahan served as Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach, Kotwica served in various special teams' positions, while Cavanaugh and Ryan served in the same capacities there.
- QB Colt McCoy (2010-12) and Johnson (2012) played together in Cleveland in 2012.
- WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13), Carrier (2012-13) and Bills RB LeSean McCoy (2009-14) played together in Philadelphia from 2012-13.
- Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mike Clark (2013-14), Assistant Strength and Conditioning/Skill Development Joe Kim (2014) and Cavanaugh (2013-14) coached C Brian de la Puente (2014), Bills T Jordan Mills (2013-14), Bills G Ryan Groy (2014) in Chicago in 2014. Clark served as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kim served as Strength/Skill Development Specialist and Cavanaugh served as Offensive Coordinator there.
- RB Pierre Thomas (2007-14), C de la Puente (2011-13) and Bills LB Kevin Reddick (2013) played together in New Orleans in 2013.
- WR Pierre Garcon (2008-11), Bills DE Jerry Hughes (2010-12) and Bills FB Jerome Felton (2011) played together in Indianapolis in 2011. Also, T Ty Nsekhe (2012) and Hughes played together in Indianapolis in 2012.
Notable College Connections:
- Bills Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman (2009-10) coached LB Trent Murphy (2009-13) at Stanford from 2009-10. Roman held various offensive coaching positions in his time there.
- LB Houston Bates (2010-13), Bills T Jordan Mills (2009-12) and Bills LB IK Enemkpali (2009-13) played together at Louisiana Tech from 2010-12.
CB Bashaud Breeland (2010-13), Bills WR Sammy Watkins (2011-13), Bills LB Tony Steward (2011-14) and Bills S Jonathan Meeks (2009-12) played together at Clemson from 2011-12. * TE Jordan Reed (2009-12) and Bills RB Mike Gillislee (2009-12) played together at Florida from 2009-12. * K Dustin Hopkins (2009-12), RB Chris Thompson (2009-12), Bills LB Nigel Bradham (2008-11), Bills QB EJ Manuel (2008-12), Bills RB Karlos Williams (2011-14), Bills CB Ronald Darby (2012-14) and Bills TE Nick O'Leary (2011-14) played together at Florida State from 2011-12. * RB Alfred Morris (2007-11) and Bills LB Randell Johnson (2009-12) played together at Florida Atlantic from 2009-11. * LB Trent Murphy (2009-13) and Bills LB AJ Tarpley (2010-14) played together at Stanford from 2010-13. * DE Ricky Jean Francois (2005-08), LB Perry Riley, Jr. (2006-09), Bills CB Ron Brooks (2007-11) and Bills DE Lavar Edwards (2008-12) played together at LSU in 2008. * G Arie Kouandjio (2010-14) and Bills T Cyrus Kouandjio (2011-13) played together at Alabama from 2011-13. Also, Arie and Bills DT Marcell Dareus (2008-10) played together at Alabama in 2010.