REGULAR SEASON WEEK 6 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-4) VS ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-4)
Sunday, Oct. 12 – 4:25 p.m. ET
University of Phoenix Stadium (65,000) – Glendale, Ariz.
The Washington Redskins will face their second NFC West opponent in as many weeks when the team faces a former division foe in their Week 6 contest against the Arizona Cardinals. Kickoff at University of Phoenix Stadium is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.
From 1970-2001, the Redskins and Cardinals both called the NFC East home prior to divisional realignment in 2002. In 32 seasons as division adversaries, the Redskins and Cardinals faced each other 64 times (all in regular season play), with Washington posting a 44-20 record against the Cardinals of St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona in those contests. The Redskins have taken all five meetings since realignment as part of Washington's active eight-game winning streak against the Cardinals.
In the offseason, the Redskins signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson with the intent of adding explosiveness, and thus far, Jackson has delivered. With an 81-yard touchdown reception in Week 3 and a 60-yard touchdown catch last week vs. Seattle, Jackson became the first member of the Redskins to post two receiving touchdowns of 50-plus yards in the first five games of a season since Santana Moss in 2009 (Weeks 3-4).
– Redskins lead overall series, 74-44-2
– Redskins lead regular season series, 74-44-2
– Last meeting: Sept. 18, 2011 (22-21, WAS)
– Dick Stockton (play-by-play)
A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals.
– Brady Quinn (color)
– Kristina Pink (sidelines)
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– Larry Michael (play-by-play)
– Sonny Jurgensen (color)
– Chris Cooley (analysis)
– Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
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– Adam Amin (play-by-play)
– Doug Plank (color)
– Rich Gray (sidelines)
Head coach Bruce Arians leads the Arizona Cardinals in his second season at the helm in 2014. The Cardinals are 3-1 and rank tied for first in the NFC West.
Quarterback Drew Stanton has started three games for Arizona this season in his second year with the Cardinals. In three games in 2014, Stanton has completed 43-of-88 passes (48.9 percent) for 529 yards with two touchdowns. Stanton played in relief of Carson Palmer, who started the team's Week 1 game vs. San Diego and completed 24-of-37 passes for 304 yards with two touchdowns.
Running back Andre Ellington leads the Cardinals in rushing this season. He has gained 238 yards on 62 carries (3.8 avg.) with one rushing touchdown.
Eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is tied with Ellington for the team lead in receptions with 13. Fitzgerald's 164 receiving yards are second on the team only to Michael Floyd's 259 yards on 12 receptions. Rookie wide receiver John Brown leads the team with three touchdown catches.
Safety Tony Jefferson leads the Cardinals with 31 total tackles in his second NFL season in 2014. Sixth-year cornerback Jerraud Powers leads the team with two interceptions among his three passes defensed.
Chandler Catanzaro handles kicking duties for Arizona. Catanzaro is 11-of-11 on field goal attempts this season. Dave Zastudil has punted 11 times with a 44.3-yard average in 2014.
Ted Ginn Jr. has handled return duties for both kickoffs and punts this season. Ginn Jr. has returned five punts for 91 yards (18.2 avg.) and five kickoffs for 77 yards (15.4 avg.).
REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Sunday's matchup between the Redskins and the Cardinals will make the 121st meeting between the two franchises dating back to the Redskins' inception as the Boston Braves in 1932. The Redskins hold a 74-44-2 all-time advantage in the series, with all 120 prior meetings coming in regular season play.
The Redskins and Cardinals were divisional rivals in the NFC East from 1970-2001. In those 32 seasons, the Redskins and Cardinals played each other 64 times with Washington posting a 44-20 record against the Cardinals in those games.
The Redskins enter Sunday's game with an active eight-game winning streak against the Cardinals, the longest streak in series history.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
- The Redskins earning their 75th all-time victory against the Cardinals, their second-most against any opponent (Philadelphia, 81). The Redskins enter Week 6 with a 74-44-2 all-time record against the Cardinals.
- The Redskins continuing a history of success against the Cardinals. Using the formula for winning percentage adopted by the NFL in 1972 to include ties, the Redskins' .625 all-time winning percentage against the Cardinals is Washington's highest against any opponent with a minimum for 50 games played.
- The Redskins extending their current eight-game winning streak against the Cardinals, the team's longest active streak against an opponent. Entering the season, the Redskins' eight-game winning streak against the Cardinals was one of five active NFL winning streaks against an opponent of at least eight games (Denver vs. Cleveland, 10; Philadelphia vs. NY Jets, 9; San Francisco vs. Detroit, 9; NY Jets vs. Tampa Bay, 8).
- The Redskins turning the ball over zero times in consecutive games for the first time since doing so in three straight games from Weeks 8-11 of the 2012 season.
- The Redskins maintaining their rankings in the Top 10 in the NFL in both yards gained per game (No. 7, 393.6) and yards allowed per game (No. 10, 340.0). The Redskins have a yardage differential of plus-53.6, seventh-best in the league.
- Quarterback Kirk Cousins throwing for 400 yards to become the first player in team history to record multiple 400-yard passing games in a single season.
- Cousins throwing for 400 yards to join Sonny Jurgensen (1 in 1965, 1 in 1967) and Mark Rypien (1 in 1989 and 1 in 1991) as the only quarterbacks in team history to post multiple 400-yard passing games with the Redskins in a career.
- Cousins throwing four touchdowns passes to become the 19th player to throw at least 20 touchdowns as a member of the Redskins.
- Defensive end Jason Hatcher (29.5) recording a half-sack to reach 30.0 career sacks.
- Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (season-high 157 last week) recording consecutive 100-yard receiving games for the first time since Weeks 1-2 last seasons.
- Jackson adding to his league-leading totals in touchdowns of 50-plus yards (19) and receptions of 50-plus yards (25) since entering the league in 2008.
- Jackson scoring another touchdown covering 50 yards or more to become the first member of the Redskins with three 50-yard touchdowns in a season since Santana Moss (three in 2008).
- Linebacker Akeem Jordan playing in his 100th career NFL game.
- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (6.0) continuing to lead the NFL in sacks.
- Kerrigan recording three sacks to match Monte Coleman for the most by a Redskins player in the first six games of a season (9.0 in 2000).
- Running back Alfred Morris (3,233) gaining 127 rushing yards to pass Mike Thomas (3,359) for eighth on the Redskins' all-time rushing yardage list.
- Morris (23) rushing for one touchdown to pass Cliff Battles (23) for sole possession of eighth on the team's all-time rushing touchdowns list.
- Morris (23) rushing for two touchdowns to tie Earnest Byner (25) for seventh on the team's all-time rushing touchdowns list.
- Wide receiver Santana Moss scoring a touchdown to tie former teammate Clinton Portis for ninth-most total touchdowns in team history (49).
Here's an exclusive look from the Washington Redskins' sideline during their Week 5 game with the Seattle Seahawks.
Tight end Niles Paul adding to his 22 receptions and 319 receiving yards this season, already single-season career highs. * Linebacker Brian Orakpo (40.0) chasing No. 4 Ken Harvey (41.5) and No. 3 Monte Coleman (43.5) on the team's all-time sack list. * Wide receiver Andre Roberts recording a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. * Roberts becoming the first member of the Redskins with a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games since Pierre Garcon in Weeks 11-13 of the 2012 season. * Punter Tress Way continuing his NFL-record pace of 52.0 yards per punt. Way's average leads Sammy Baugh's full-season NFL record (51.4 yards per punt in 1940). * Way recording a 60-yard punt to become the first Redskins punter to record a 60-yard punt in five games in a single season since Matt Turk (five in 1998). * Fullback Darrel Young tying a career high with his fourth total touchdown of the season. Young had four touchdowns a season ago (three rushing, one receiving).
A REDSKINS WIN WOULD…
... represent the Redskins' second win of the season.
... extend the Redskins' current eight-game winning streak against the Cardinals, the team's longest active winning streak against an opponent. Washington has won their last eight games against the Cardinals dating back to a win on Dec. 24, 2000.
… even the Redskins' record against the NFC West at 1-1 this season. The Redskins are 16-9 in regular season play against the NFC West since divisional realignment 2002.
… give the Redskins' their first win against an NFC West opponent since winning 23-17 at Seattle on Nov. 27, 2011.
… give Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden his first career head coaching victory against an NFC opponent.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME
- The Washington Redskins fell to the Seattle Seahawks, 27-17, in front of an announced crowd of 79,522 people at FedExField on Monday.
- The game was the Redskins' 64th appearance on Monday Night Football since the program's inception in 1970. It marked the first Monday night matchup between the Redskins and Seahawks.
- The Redskins fell to 4-1 against defending Super Bowl champions on Monday Night Football. The Redskins had previously won Monday night games against the Dallas Cowboys in 1978, the Cowboys in 1993, the St. Louis Rams in 2000 and the New York Giants in 2012.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted a season-high 157 receiving yards on five receptions with one touchdown. Jackson's 31.4 yards per reception were his most in a game in which he caught at least five passes. * The 100-yard receiving game was the 22nd of Jackson's career and his second as a member of the Redskins. * Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-36 passes for 283 yards with two touchdowns and a passer rating of 102.0. Cousins has exceeded a passer rating of 100.0 in three of his four games this season. * Cousins connected with Jackson for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter. * The touchdown was Jackson's second of the season and the 34th of his career. * Jackson now has 19 total touchdowns covering 50 yards or more since entering the league in 2008, the most in the NFL. He is now tied with teammate Santana Moss for 10th-most in the NFL since the 1970 merger. * The touchdown was the Redskins' longest at FedExField since a 61-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III to Santana Moss on Nov. 18, 2012. Including an 81-yard touchdown pass between the two in Week 3 at Philadelphia, Cousins and Jackson have been responsible for the Redskins' two longest plays of the season. * Cousins and Jackson connected for a 57-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. Jackson's two long receptions now give him 25 receptions of 50 yards or more since 2008, the most in the NFL. * The Redskins did not turn the ball over for the second time in five games this season. The Redskins had only one zero-turnover game a season ago. * Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan broke the 30-sack mark for his career in the first quarter, dropping Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for a seven-yard loss. * Kerrigan became the eighth player to record 30 sacks with the Redskins, joining Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, Monte Coleman, Ken Harvey, Brian Orakpo, Dave Butz and Andre Carter. * Kerrigan leads the NFC and is tied with fellow 2011 draft pick Justin Houston (Kansas City) for the most sacks in the NFL this season (6.0). * Safety Brandon Meriweather recorded his first sack of the season and the fourth of his career, tackling Wilson for an eight-yard loss in the second quarter. * Wide receiver Andre Roberts third reception of the game came in the third quarter and went for six yards on first-and-10. Prior to the play, including two receptions in the first half, all 12 of Roberts' receptions this season had resulted in either first downs or a touchdown. * Defensive lineman Frank Kearse set a career high with his second sack of the season. * Linebacker Akeem Jordan made his Redskins debut and added the second kickoff return of his career, gaining five yards on a fourth quarter return. * Punter Tress Way posted career highs in punts (eight), punting yards (399) and net punting yards (325). * The Redskins extended their NFL-best sellout streak to 388 games, including postseason play.
Former Cardinals on Redskins:
- WR Andre Roberts (2010-13)
Former Redskins on Cardinals:
- LB Lorenzo Alexander (2006-12)
- G Paul Fanaika (2009)
- Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles (DB, 1986-90, 1992-93)
Cardinals from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- T Bobby Massie (Lynchburg, Va.)
- QB Logan Thomas (Lynchburg, Va.)
Redskins from Arizona:
- LS Nick Sundberg (Phoenix)
- LB Trent Murphy (Phoenix)
Cardinals who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- QB Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech)
- G Earl Watford (James Madison)
Redskins who went to college in Arizona:
- G Shawn Lauvao (Arizona State)
Scenes from the Sept. 18 game between the Redskins and the Arizona Cardinals at FedExField.
Notable Pro Connections:**
- Cardinals G/C Ted Larsen (2010-13) played with the Redskins CB E.J. Biggers (2009-12) and LB Adam Hayward (2007-13) in Tampa Bay when Redskins Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris was the head coach there (2009-11).
- DE Stephen Bowen (2006-10) and DE Jason Hatcher played (2006-13) played together in Dallas when Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles was the defensive backs coach there (2005-07).
- NT Barry Cofield (2007-10) played for the New York Giants when Cardinals Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Pete Alosi was a Strength and Conditioning intern there in 2010.
- S Ryan Clark (06-13) played with Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer (2010-13) and LB Larry Foote (2002-08) in Pittsburgh when Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians was the Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers coach (2004-11), Offensive Coordinator Harold Goodwin was an Offensive Assistant (2007-11), Assistant Offensive Line Coach Larry Zierlein was the Offensive Line Coach (2007-09) and Special team Coordinator Amos Jones held various position with special teams (2007-12).
- DE Glifton Geathers played for Indianapolis in 2012 with Cardinals CB Jerraud Powers and T Bradley Sowell when Arians was the Offensive Coordinator/Interim Head Coach, Goodwin was the Offensive Line Coach and Outside Linebackers Coach James Bettcher was an assistant to the head coach.
- WR DeSean Jackson played with Cardinals LB Ernie Sims in Philadelphia in 2013.
- LB Akeem Jordan (2007-12) and WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13) played in Philadelphia when Cardinals Defenvsive Coordinator Todd Bowles was the Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs coach (2012) and Linebackers Coach Mike Caldwell held various defensive coaching positions there, including linebacker coach from 2011-12.
- G Shawn Lauvao and QB Colt McCoy both played in Cleveland with Cardinals P David Zastudil in 2010.
- Defensive Coordinator Kim Haslett held the same position in New Orleans when Arians was the Tight Ends Coach there in 1996.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker was the Linebackers Coach (2003) and Defensive Line Coach (2004-05) in Minnesota when Cardinals Cornerbacks Coach Kevin Ross was the Defensive Back Coach there from 2003-05).
- Defensive Line Coach Jacob Burney held the same position in Denver when Cardinals Defensive Assistant Ryan Slowik also held the same position there from 2005-08.
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach Shane Day was the Quarterbacks Coach in Chicago (2010-11) when Cardinals Wide Receivers Coach Darryl Drake held the same position there (2004-12).
Notable College Connections
- G Shawn Lauvao and Cardinals G Paul Fanika played together at Arizona State from 2006-08.
- P Tress Way and Cardinals S Tony Jefferson played together at Oklahoma in 2012.
- CB Bashaud Breeland (2010-13) and DE Jarvis Jenkins (2007-10) played with Cardinals WE Jaron Brown (2008-12), K Chandler Catanzaro (2009-13) and RB Andre Ellington (2008-12) at Clemson.
- LB Perry Riley, Jr. (2006-09) played with Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (2008-10) and LB Kevin Minter (2009-12) at LSU.
- WR DeSean Jackson and LS Nick Sundberg played with Cardinals LB Desmond Bishop at California from 2005-2006.
- LB Ryan Kerrigan and Cardinals DT Bruce Gaston played together at Purdue in 2010.
- QB Colt McCoy (2005-09), LB Keenan Robinson (2007-11) and LB Brian Orakpo (2004-08) played with Cardinals LB Alex Okafor (2009-12), LB Sam Acho (2007-10) and C Lyle Sendlein (2002-06) at Texas.
- S Brandon Meriweather played with Cardinals DE Calais Campbell at Miami from 2004-06.
- LB Trent Murphy (2009-13) played with Cardinals LB Thomas Keiser (2007-10) and RB Stepfan Taylor (2009-12) at Stanford.
- RB Alfred Morris played with Cardinals TE Rob Housler at Florida Atlantic from 2007-10.