Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Cowboys 2017 Week 8 matchup at FedExField in Landover, Md.
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 8WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-3) vs. DALLAS COWBOYS (3-3)
Sunday, Oct. 29 | 4:25 p.m. ET
FedExField (82,000) | Landover, Md.
The Washington Redskins will face an NFC East rival for a second straight week when the team hosts the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField in Week 8. Kickoff on Sunday is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.
The Redskins will return home this week hoping to sustain and extend the success they've enjoyed early in games so far this season. In each of their last five games, the Redskins have scored points on their first drive and held opponents scoreless on their opening possession. The Redskins have outscored opponents by 23 points in the first quarter this year, the second-best margin in the NFL (Philadelphia, 35).
Sunday's game will be the centerpiece of the Redskins' annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend. This year, not including coaches and football staff, players expected to be in attendance for various elements of this weekend account for more than 600 combined seasons of Redskins playing experience, 108 combined Super Bowl appearances and 67 combined Super Bowl titles, including 31 members of the 80 Greatest Redskins, 21 members of the Redskins Ring of Fame and five members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
SERIES HISTORY--Redskins trail all-time series, 44-68-2
--Redskins trail regular season series, 42-68-2
--Last meeting: Nov. 24, 2016 (31-26, DAL)
TELEVISION: FOX--Thom Brennaman (play-by-play)
--Troy Aikman (color)
--Erin Andrews (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
--Larry Michael (play-by-play)
--Sonny Jurgensen (color)
--Chris Cooley (analysis)
--Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
The Dallas Cowboys enter Week 8 with a 3-3 record and in second place in the NFC East. This season is the team's eighth season under the purview of Head Coach Jason Garrett.
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Dak Prescott is the team's starter at quarterback in his second NFL season. This season, he has completed 128-of-204 passes (62.7 percent) for 1,426 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. Prescott's 14 touchdown passes rank fifth in the NFL.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the Cowboys in rushing this year, having posted 540 rushing yards on 131 carries including four rushing touchdowns. Former Redskins running back Alfred Morris has also added 102 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant leads the team in receiving yards (327) and receiving touchdowns (four). Tight end Jason Witten leads the team in receptions (31) and has contributed three receiving touchdowns.
Linebacker Jaylon Smith has posted a team-high 44 tackles (23 solo) for the Cowboys through six games. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence has a team-high 9.5 sacks, while cornerback Jourdan Lewis and cornerback Anthony Brown are tied for the team lead in interceptions (one each).
Dan Bailey has handled the bulk of place kicking duties for the Cowboys this season, while Chris Jones handles the punting responsibilities. Prior to his injury last week, Bailey was 7-of-7 (100 percent) on field goal attempts this season. He is also 16-of-16 on PATs. Jones is averaging 44.3 yards per punt.
Ryan Switzer has been the team's primary punt returner and kick returner in 2017. Switzer has averaged 6.8 yards on nine punt returns. He is also averaging 23.3 yards on seven kick returns.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- The Redskins improving to 4-3 to sit above .500 through seven games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2007-08 campaigns.
- The Redskins and Cowboys playing the 115th installment of their rivalry, including postseason play.
- The Redskins seeking their first home victory against the Cowboys since a division-clinching 28-18 victory against Dallas in Week 17 of the 2012 season.
- The Redskins attempting to push their all-time home record against the Cowboys to 29-31, including postseason play.
- The Redskins hitting the 325-yard mark on offense in a sixth straight game for the first time since a 10-game stretch in Weeks 6-16 of the 2016 season.
- The Redskins reaching 300 yards of offense for a sixth consecutive game.
- The Redskins rushing for 75 yards or more in a sixth consecutive game for the first time since a seven-game span in Week 15 of the 2014 season through Week 4 of the 2015 season.
- The Redskins scoring at least 20 points in a sixth consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 8-14 of the 2016 season.
- The Redskins scoring points on their opening drive of six consecutive games for the first time in records dating back to 1999.
- The Redskins recording a sack in a 31st consecutive regular season game, dating back to 2015. Washington's active streak of 30 games is the longest in the NFL.
- The Redskins posting a sack in a 31st straight regular season game to take sole possession of the second-longest sack streak in team history (surpassing Weeks 15 in 2008 through Week 12 in 2010) since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982.
- The Redskins posting three or more sacks in five consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 5-10 of the 2016 season.
- Head Coach Jay Gruden winning his 25th game with the Redskins to pass Jack Pardee and Mike Shanahan for sole possession of sixth-most coaching victories in franchise history.
- Linebacker Zach Brown posting a sack in back-to-back games for the first time since Week 17 of the 2012 season and Week 1 of the 2013 season as a member of the Tennessee Titans.
- Brown attempting to become the first member of the Redskins to post at least 1.5 sacks in back-to-back games since Brian Orakpo in Weeks 9-10 of the 2009 season.
- Quarterback Trent Williams starting his 39th consecutive regular season game for the Redskins, already the third-longest streak by a Redskins quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger behind Joe Theismann (60 from 1980-84) and Mark Rypien (41 from 1990-93).
Cousins entering the game second in NFL history in completion percentage (66.1) among players with at least 1,500 career attempts. * Cousins adding to his team records for career 300-yard passing games (22, including 21 in regular season play) and 400-yard passing games (three). * Cousins throwing for 300 yards in three consecutive games for the second time in his career and the first time since Weeks 14-16 of the 2015 season. * Cousins amassing 300 passing yards to tie the team record for consecutive 300-yard passing games (three, Cousins in 2015 and Robert Griffin III in 2013). * Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback to post three consecutive 300-yard passing games twice in a career. * Cousins finishing a fifth consecutive regular season game with a passer rating of 100.0 or better for the first time since a six-game streak in Weeks 12-17 of the 2015 season. * Cousins throwing multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games for the first time in his career. * Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback to post five straight contests with multiple touchdown passes since Mark Brunell in 2005. * Cousins throwing three touchdown passes in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 11-12 of the 2016 season. * Cousins posting his 13th career game with three or more passing touchdowns to tie Mark Rypien for fourth-most by a Redskins quarterback since 1960. * Cousins (1,754) attempting 38 passes to move past Billy Kilmer (1,791) for the fifth-most career passing attempts in Redskins history. * Cousins (10) rushing for a touchdown to pass Sonny Jurgensen (10) for sole possession of the second-most career rushing touchdowns by a Redskins quarterback. * Cousins adding to his single-season career-high 121 rushing yards this year. * Jamison Crowder (one) returning a punt for a touchdown to become the eighth Redskins player to record multiple career punt return touchdowns, joining Brian Mitchell, Rickie Harris, Dick Todd, Bert Zagers, Cliff Battles, Mike Nelms and Johnny Williams. * Tight end Vernon Davis (6,716) gaining 26 receiving yards to move past Kellen Winslow (6,741) for the ninth-most career receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history. * Davis (58) chasing former Redskins great Jerry Smith (60) for seventh on the list of career touchdown receptions by a tight end in NFL history. * Davis recording a reception of 30 or more yards in four consecutive games for the first time in his 12-year career. * Cornerback Quinton Dunbar intercepting a pass in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. * Dunbar attempting to become the first member of the Redskins with an interception in back-to-back games since Bashaud Breeland in Weeks 5-6 of the 2015 season. * Dunbar adding to his three career interceptions, all of which have come in NFC East play. * Linebacker Mason Foster (one) setting a single-season career high with his next fumble recovery. * Wide receiver Ryan Grant (two) setting a single-season career high with his next touchdown reception (two in 2015 and 2017). * Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 103rd consecutive regular season game, the longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career. * Kerrigan recording his fourth career interception return touchdown to take sole possession of second-most in franchise history. He is currently tied with DeAngelo Hall, Monte Coleman, Andre Collins, Brig Owens and Mike Bass (three each). * Kerrigan tying a team record with his second interception return touchdown of the season (Pug Rentner, 1936; Dan Sandifer, 1948; Dale Hackbart, 1961; Vernon Dean, 1984; Andre Collins, 1994; DeAngelo Hall, 2013). * Defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis adding to his career-high 3.5 sacks. * Ioannidis (3.5) recording 2.5 sacks to tie Chris Baker (6.0 in 2015) and Stephen Bowen (6.0 in 2011) for the most sacks in a season by a Redskins defensive lineman since the team's transition to a 3-4 base in 2010. * Tight end Jordan Reed entering the contest with 19 receiving touchdowns since 2015, the most by any NFL tight end in that time frame. * Reed catching a touchdown pass in consecutive games for this first time this season and the first time since a three-game stretch in Weeks 14-16 in 2015. * Reed registering multiple touchdown receptions in back-toback games for the second time in his career and the first time since Weeks 15-16 in 2015. * Reed (seven) scoring multiple receiving touchdowns to tie Gary Clark (eight) for fifth-most games with multiple touchdown receptions by a member of the Redskins since 1960. * Reed (2,808) gaining 122 receiving yards to pass Bill Anderson (2,929) for the third-most career receiving yards by a tight end in Redskins history. * Reed (2,808) gaining 192 receiving yards to join Jerry Smith and Chris Cooley as the only tight ends to record 3,000 career receiving yards as a member of the Redskins. * Linebacker Preston Smith adding to his 4.5 sacks this season. Through six games, Smith has already matched his full-season output from 2016. * Running back Chris Thompson entering the game as the only player in the NFL to lead a team in both rushing yards (213) and receiving yards (366) this season. * Thompson entering the game with 366 receiving yards, the seventh-most by an NFL running back through the first six games of a season since the turn of the century. * Thompson (two in 2017) attempting to break a tie for the most 100-yard receiving games by a Redskins running back in a season in records dating back to 1960 (Dick James, two in 1962). * Thompson (two) breaking a tie with Dick James, Craig McEwen and Larry Brown (two each) for the most career 100-yard receiving games by a Redskins running back in records dating back to 1960. * Thompson adding to his career highs in receiving yards (366) and receiving touchdowns (three) this season. * Thompson (982) gaining 18 receiving yards to become the 22nd back in Redskins history to record 1,000 career receiving yards with the team. * Thompson scoring a receiving touchdown in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. * Thompson (three) becoming the first Redskins back to catch at least four touchdown passes in a season since fullback Mike Sellers (seven) in 2005. * Thompson (eight) catching two touchdown passes to tie Joe Washington (10) for 10th-most career receiving touchdown by a back in Redskins history.
A WIN WOULD
... push the Redskins 4-3 this season.
... give the Redskins a record above .500 through seven games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2007-08.
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... move the Redskins to 3-1 at home this season.
... give the Redskins a three-game home winning streak for the first time since a four-game stretch in Weeks 4-11 of the 2016 season.
... be Washington's first victory against the Cowboys since Week 17 of the 2015 season.
... give the Redskins their first victory against the Cowboys at FedExField since a division-clinching 28-18 victory against Dallas in Week 17 of the 2012 season.
... give Head Coach Jay Gruden his 25th career win and sole possession of the sixth-most coaching victories in team history.
... represent the Redskins' fifth consecutive victory on the team's annual Alumni Homecoming Weekend, including victories against San Diego (2013), Tennessee (2014), Tampa Bay (2015) and Minnesota (2016).
NOTABLE REDSKINS/COWBOYS CONNECTIONS
Former Cowboys on Redskins:
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2012-14)
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach Kevin Carberry (2014-15)
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13)
- DL Terrell McClain (2014-16
Former Redskins on Cowboys:
- RB Alfred Morris (2012-15)
Redskins from Texas:
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (Houston)
- WR Josh Doctson (Mansfield)
- WR Ryan Grant (Beaumont)
- DL Ziggy Hood (Amarillo)
- QB Colt McCoy (Tuscola)
- RB Samaje Perine (Pflugerville)
- T Trent Williams (Longview)
Cowboys from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Woicik (Baltimore, Md.)
Redskins who went to college in Texas:
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (UTEP)
- WR Josh Doctson (TCU)
- S Deshazor Everett (Texas A&M)
- QB Colt McCoy (Texas)
- T Ty Nsekhe (Texas State)
- K Nick Rose (Texas)
Cowboys who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Wide Receivers Coach Derek Dooley (Virginia)
- LB Justin Durant (Hampton)
Notable Pro Connections: (Extensive connections with former Redskins coaches excluded)
- Head Coach Jay Gruden (2002-08) worked with Cowboys Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Rod Marinelli (1996-05) and Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia (2002-10) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett played for the Bucs in 2004.
- Quarterbacks Coach Kevin O'Connell played for Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan with the Detroit Lions in 2009.
- Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh worked for the San Francisco 49ers when Cowboys Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollock played there in 1996. Cavanaugh played with Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson on the New York Giants from 1990-91.
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard worked with Cowboys Offensive Assistant Stephen Brown for the Buffalo Bills in 2013. Hilliard worked for the Miami Dolphins when Cowboys Assistant Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo played there in 2011.
- Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky played with Cowboys Quarterbacks Coach Wade Wilson on the Minnesota Vikings in 1991. Manusky worked with Rich Bisaccia for the San Diego Chargers in 2011.
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan and Kelly worked for the Oakland Raiders when Wade Wilson played there from 1998-99.
- Running backs Coach Randy Jordan also played for the Raiders during that time. Callahan worked for the Philadelphia Eagles when Greg Jackson played there in 1995. Jordan played for the Jacksonville Jaguars when Cowboys Secondary Coach Joe Baker worked there from 1995-97.
- Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray worked with Wade Wilson for the Chicago Bears from 2004-05. Marc Colombo played for the Bears during that time.
- Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula worked with Greg Jackson for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-15. O'Connell played on the New England Patriots when Cowboys Strength & Conditioning Coordinator Mike Woicik worked there from 2008-09.
- Defensive Quality Control Coach worked for the Cleveland Browns when Cowboys G Jonathan Cooper played there in 2016.
- QB Colt McCoy (2010-12) and G Shawn Lauvao (2010-13) played on the Cleveland Browns when Cowboys Running backs Coach Gary Brown (2009-12), Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus (2009-10) and Cowboys Assistant Coach/Special Projects Ben Bloom (2010) worked there.
- WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. played on the Oakland Raiders when Frank Pollock worked there in 2012.
- LB Mason Foster (2011-14) played on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Cowboys Tight ends Coach Steve Loney (2012-13) and Joe Baker (2009-11) worked there.
- TE Vernon Davis (2006-15) and McCoy (2013) played on the San Francisco 49ers when Greg Jackson (2011-14) worked there. Joe Looney played on the 49ers from 2012-15.
- DL Terrell McClain (2011) and CB Josh Norman (2012-15) played with Cowboys T Byron Bell (2011-14) and CB Bene' Benwikere (2014- 15) on the Carolina Panthers.
- LB Zach Brown played with Byron Bell on the Tennessee Titans in 2015.
- DL Stacy McGee (2013-16) and Pryor Sr. (2011-13) played with Cowboys WR Brice Butler (2013-15), RB Darren McFadden (2008-14), DE Damontre Moore (2016) and DE Benson Mayowa (2014-16) on the Oakland Raiders.
- WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. played with Jonathan Cooper on the Cleveland Browns in 2016.
- S D.J. Swearinger played with Jonathan Cooper on the Arizona Cardinals from 2015-16.
- LB Zach Brown played with Cowboys Joe Looney on the Tennessee TItans in 2015.
- DL A.J. Francis played with Cowboys FB Rod Smith on the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.
Notable College Connections:
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan worked at Northern Arizona when Cowboys Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollock played there from 1987-88.
- Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken worked with Cowboys Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia at South Carolina from 1990-91.
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan (2012-13) worked at North Carolina when Cowboys G Jonathan Cooper (2009-12) and WR Ryan Switzer (2013-16) played there.
- LB Zach Brown also played at North Carolina from 2008-11. Jordan worked at Texas A&M when Cowboys DE Damontre Moore played there from 2010-11.
- LB Martrell Spaight and TE Jeremy Sprinkle played at Arkansas when Cowboys Tight Ends Coach Steve Loney worked there in 2014.
- RB Chris Thompson played at Florida State when Cowboys Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Kyle Valero worked there in 2009. Cowboys Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach also played at Florida State in 2009.
- WR Ryan Grant played at Tulane when Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson worked there in 2009.
- DL Ziggy Hood played at Missouri when Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus worked there from 2005- 08.
- C Spencer Long played with Cowboys DT Maliek Collins at Nebraska in 2013.
- RB Mack Brown (2010-14), CB Quinton Dunbar (2011-14) and TE Jordan Reed (2009-12) played with Cowboys T Chaz Green (2010-14) at Florida.
- DL Stacy McGee (2009-12), P Tress Way (2008-12) and T Trent Williams (2006-09) played with Cowboys TE James Hanna (2008-11) at Oklahoma.
- OL Brandon Scherff played with Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens at Iowa from 2010-13.
- S Deshazor Everett played with Cowboys DE Damontre Moore at Texas A&M from 2011-12.
- LB Preston Smith played with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott at Mississippi State from 2011-14.
- K Nick Rose played with Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim at Texas from 2013-14.