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REGULAR SEASON WEEK 8WASHINGTON REDSKINS (2-5) vs. DALLAS COWBOYS (6-1)
Monday, Oct. 27 – 8:30 p.m. ET
AT&T Stadium (80,000) – Arlington, Texas

Following a dramatic last-second win against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7, the Washington Redskins will travel to face the Dallas Cowboys on ESPN's Monday Night Football in Week 8. Kickoff at AT&T Stadium is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.

Last week, the Redskins earned a 19-17 victory thanks in part to a 10-play, 76-yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard game-winning field goal by kicker Kai Forbath as time expired.

Monday's matchup will feature two of the NFL's top offenses on first down. The Redskins enter Week 8 ranking first in the NFL in yards per play on first down with an average of 6.56 yards per first down play. The Cowboys rank second in the NFC and third in the NFL with 6.20 yards per play on first down.

The Redskins will be in search of their first Monday Night Football win in Dallas since the "Monday Night Miracle" on Sept. 19, 2005. In that game, wide receiver Santana Moss caught touchdown passes of 39 and 70 yards, respectively, in the final four minutes to stun the Cowboys, 14-13, at Texas Stadium.

SERIES HISTORY:– Redskins trail overall series, 42-64-2
– Redskins trail regular season series, 40-64-2
– Last meeting: Dec. 22, 2013 (24-23, DAL)

TELEVISION:ESPN
– Mike Tirico (play-by-play)

A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.

– Jon Gruden (color)
– Lisa Salters (sidelines)

RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
– Larry Michael (play-by-play)
– Sonny Jurgensen (color)
– Chris Cooley (analysis)
– Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)

Westwood One Sports
– Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
– Kurt Warner (color)
– Steve Tasker (sidelines)

THE OPPONENT
Head coach Jason Garrett is in his fifth season leading the Dallas Cowboys including an eight-game interim stretch in 2010. The Cowboys are 6-1 this season and sit in first place in the NFC East.

Quarterback Tony Romo is in his 12th NFL season, all with the Cowboys. In seven games in 2014, Romo has completed 148-of-214 passes for 1,789 yards. He has thrown 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Running back DeMarco Murray leads the Cowboys and the NFL this season with 913 rushing yards on 187 carries (4.9 avg.) in 2014. Murray also leads the league with seven rushing touchdowns.

Receiver Dez Bryant is Dallas' leading receiver in 2014 having caught 45 passes for 590 yards (13.1 avg.) with four receiving touchdowns. Wide receiver Terrence Williams leads the Cowboys with six receiving touchdowns. Tight end Jason Witten has added 23 receptions for 266 yards (11.6 avg.) and one touchdown.

Fifth-year safety Barry Church leads the Cowboys with 41 total tackles (30 solo) this season. Linebacker Rolando McClain has contributed a team-high two interceptions and defensive tackle Henry Melton leads Dallas with 1.5 sacks in 2014.

Dan Bailey handles kicking duties for Dallas. Bailey is 14-of-15 on field goal attempts this season (93.3 percent). Punter Chris Jones has punted 22 times with a 45.7-yard average this season.

Dwayne Harris returns both punts and kickoffs for the Cowboys. He has returned 12 punts for 81 yards (6.8 avg.). He has gained 285 yards on 11 kick returns (25.9 avg.).

REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Sunday's matchup between the Redskins and Cowboys will mark the 109th overall meeting between the division rivals. It will be the 107th regular season meeting between the two franchises.

The Redskins trail the all-time regular season series, 40-64-2. Washington won both of the teams' postseason meetings, victories in the 1972 and 1982 NFC Championship games.

The Redskins are seeing their first win against the Cowboys since defeating Dallas, 28-18, to win the NFC East title in Week 17 of the 2012 season. A win on Monday would be the Redskins' first in Dallas since beating the Cowboys on Thanksgiving 2012 by a final score of 38-31.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
• The Redskins appearing on *Monday Night Football *for the 65th time in team history.

• The Redskins and Cowboys facing one another on *Monday Night Football *for the 16th time.

• The Redskins evening their Monday night record against the Cowboys at 8-8 with a win.

• The Redskins earning their first Monday night win against Dallas since the "Monday Night Miracle" on Sept. 19, 2005 in which the Redskins erased a 13-0 deficit witih two Santana Moss touchdowns in the final four minutes for a 14-13 victory.

• The Redskins retaining their Top 10 rankings in total offense (No. 5, 389.4 yards per game) and total defense (No. 7, 321.9 yards per game). The Redskins are one of three NFL teams in the Top 10 in both categories (Indianapolis and Denver).

• The Redskins (nine) recording two receptions of 50 yards or more to surpass their full-season total from 2012 (seven) and match their full-season total from 2010 (nine).

• Kicker Kai Forbath maintaining the highest field goal percentage in team history among players with at least 50 field goal attempts (88.5 percent).

• Forbath kicking four field goals to become the first Redskins kicker to convert at least four field goals in consecutive games since Chip Lohmiller in Weeks 16-17 of the 1990 season.

• Wide receiver Pierre Garçon catching a touchdown pass for a third consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 12-14 of the 2012 season.

• Garçon recording two touchdown receptions to match his single-season best as a member of the Redskins (five in 2013).

• Running back Roy Helu, Jr. registering another 30-yard reception. In Weeks 1-6, Helu, Jr. became the first Redskins running back in records available dating back to 1994 to record a reception of at least 30 yards in three games in a single season.

• Wide receiver DeSean Jackson adding to his league-leading totals in total touchdowns of 50-plus yards (20) and receptions of 50-plus yards (26) since entering the league in 2008.

• Jackson scoring another touchdown covering 50 yards or more to become the first member of the Redskins with four 50-yard touchdowns in a season since Santana Moss (four in 2005).

• Jackson recording a 50-plus yard touchdown to tie Ken Burrough and Devin Hester (21) for sixth-most total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger.

• Defensive end Frank Kearse adding to his career-high three sacks this season.

• Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan forcing a fumble to tie Ken Harvey (13) for the most forced fumbles by a member of the Redskins since 1994.

• Kerrigan recording two sacks to match his single-season career high (8.5) set previously in 2012 and 2013.

• Running back Alfred Morris adding to his six career rushing touchdowns against Dallas, the most of any active player.

• Morris scoring at least one rushing touchdown against Dallas for a fifth-straight game in the series. His four consecutive games against the Cowboys with a rushing touchdown already represent the longest such streak against Dallas in team history.

• Morris (3,328) gaining 32 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.

• Morris rushing for 100 yards for the first time this season and the 11th time in his career.

• Morris starting his 40th consecutive regular season game, the second-longest active streak by an NFL running back (Frank Gore).

• Wide receiver Santana Moss scoring a touchdown to tie former teammate Clinton Portis for ninth-most total touchdowns in team history (49).

• Tight end Niles Paul adding to his 25 receptions and 384 receiving yards this season, already single-season career highs.

• Punter Tress Way continuing his pace of 50.3 yards per punt. If maintained, Way's average would rank second in team history, trailing only 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…
... give the Redskins wins in consecutive games for the first time since winning seven straight to close the 2012 season.

... represent the Redskins' first against an NFC opponent this season and their first against an NFC East opponent since Week 17 of the 2012 season (vs. Dallas).

... be the Redskins first win on Monday Night Football since Dec. 3, 2012 vs. the New York Giants.

... result in the Redskins' first victory in Dallas since Thanksgiving Day 2012.

... give the Redskins 43 wins against the Cowboys all-time, fourth-most all-time against a single opponent including postseason play. The Redskins' 42 current wins against the Cowboys are tied with their 42 wins against the Steelers for fourth-most against an opponent.

... be the Redskins' first road win of the season.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME

  • Kicker Kai Forbath converted a 22-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game to give the Washington Redskins a 19-17 victory against the Tennessee Titans in front of an announced crowd of 75,227 people at FedExField on Sunday.

The win was the Redskins' first by scoring in the final two minutes of regulation since a 45-41 victory against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 20, 2013. Running back Roy Helu, Jr. scored on a three-yard run with 45 seconds remaining in that game to give the Redskins a victory. * The game-winning field goal was Forbath's second of his career and his first since Dec. 9, 2012 vs. Baltimore. Forbath set a career high with four made field goals. * The game-winner was Forbath's first of his career in regulation; his first career game-winning field goal in 2012 came in overtime. The game-winner with no time remaining in regulation was the Redskins' first since Nick Novak's last-second 47-yard field goal to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 22-19, on Nov. 5, 2006. * Quarterback Colt McCoy entered the game in the third quarter and completed 11-of-12 passes for 128 yards with one touchdown and a passer rating of 138.9. * McCoy engineered the second fourth-quarter comeback win of his career and his first since Sept. 25, 2011 vs. Miami as a member of the Cleveland Browns. * Quarterback Kirk Cousins started the game and completed 10-of-16 passes for 139 yards. McCoy and Cousins became the first quarterback duo to each complete at least 10 passes in the same game for the Redskins since Todd Collins (15) and Jason Campbell (10) accomplished the feat vs. Chicago on Dec. 6, 2007. * On his first career pass attempt as a member of the Redskins, McCoy connected with wide receiver Pierre Garçon for a 70-yard touchdown. * The touchdown pass was McCoy's first as a member of the Redskins and his first since Dec. 23, 2012 at Denver as a member of the Browns. * McCoy became the first Redskins player to throw a touchdown pass on his first pass attempt with the team since wide receiver Brandon Banks threw a 49-yard touchdown pass on his only pass attempt in Washington on Dec. 11, 2011 vs. New England. * The touchdown pass was McCoy's first of the season and the 22nd of his career. The touchdown reception was Garçon's third of the season and the 28th of his career. * Garçon now has touchdown receptions in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 15-16 last season. * The 70-yard reception was Garçon's longest since an 88-yard touchdown reception in his first game as a member of the Redskins in Week 1 of the 2012 season at New Orleans. * The Redskins opened the game with a nine-play, 67-yard scoring drive culminating in a 31-yard field goal by Forbath. It marked the second time this season the Redskins had scored on their first drive of a game (Week 3 at Philadelphia – touchdown). * The Redskins held the Titans to 236 total yards, the defense's second-best performance by yardage this season (148 vs. Jacksonville in Week 2). * Tight end Niles Paul recorded a career long 50-yard reception on the team's first drive on a pass from Cousins. Paul's previous long was a 48-yard reception in Week 1 at Houston. * Paul's 50-yard reception was the Redskins' longest by a tight end since Fred Davis recorded a 71-yard reception vs. Philadelphia in Week 10 of the 2010 season. * With the long receptions by Garçon and Paul, the Redskins now have seven receptions of 50-plus yards this season, exceeding their output from the 2013 season (three) and matching their output from the 2012 season (seven). * Paul also recorded a fumble recovery in the third quarter on a muffed punt by the Titans. * Cornerback Bashaud Breeland recorded his first career interception in the second quarter, picking off Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. *

Defensive end Frank Kearse notched his third sack of the season in second quarter, improving upon his existing career high. * Linebacker Keenan Robinson posted a game-high and career-high 14 tackles. * Linebacker Will Compton made his second career start and posted a career-high six tackles. * Fullback Darrel Young recorded a season-long 14-yard rush in the third quarter. * Defensive end Stephen Bowen made his season debut after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Saturday. * Linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat made his NFL debut. * The Redskins evened their all-time series record against the Titans' franchise at 6-6. The win was the Redskins' first at home against the Titans' franchise since recording a 16-13 home win against the Houston Oilers on Nov. 3, 1991. * The Redskins are 2-1 against AFC opponents this season. Washington has won at least two games against the AFC in three straight seasons. * The Redskins are now 9-6 against AFC South opponents since divisional realignment in 2002. The team has won four of its last five contests against AFC South squads with two wins against both the Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. * The game was the culmination of the Redskins' annual Alumni Homecoming celebration. Players in attendance represented nearly 500 combined seasons of Redskins service, 77 combined Super Bowl appearances, 47 combined Super Bowl titles, 25 members of the 80 Greatest Redskins, 14 Redskins Ring of Famers and five Pro Football Hall of Famers. * At halftime, the Redskins inducted Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien as the 46th member in the team's Ring of Fame. * The Redskins extended their NFL-best sellout streak to 389 games

REDSKINS-COWBOYS CONNECTIONS

Former Cowboys on Redskins:

  • Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13)
  • Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker (2011-12)
  • DE Stephen Bowen (2006-10)
  • DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13)

Former Redskins on Cowboys:

  • Tight Ends Coach Michael Pope (1997-99)

Cowboys from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:

  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack (Camp Springs, Md.)
  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mike Woicik (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson (Portsmouth, Va.)

Redskins from Texas:

  • Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Ray Wright (Fort Worth)

The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys squared off in Week 16 of the 2013 season at FedExField on Dec. 22, 2013.

WR Ryan Grant (Beaumont) * QB Robert Griffin III (Copperas Cove) * LB Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano) * G Josh LeRibeus (Richardson) * QB Colt McCoy (Tuscola) * WR Aldrick Robinson (Waxahachie) * LB Keenan Robinson (Plano) * T Trent Williams (Longview)

Cowboys who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:

  • Wide Receivers Coach Derek Dooley (Virginia)
  • LB Justin Durant (Hampton)

Redskins who went to college in Texas:

  • QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor)
  • LB Jackson Jeffcoat (Texas)
  • G Josh LeRibeus (SMU)
  • WR Aldrick Robinson (SMU)

Notable Pro Connections:

  • Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett played for Cowboys Assistant Head Coach Monte Kiffin in Buffalo from 1984-85 when Haslett was a linebacker and Kiffin was the Linebackers Coach.
  • Haslett was the Linebackers Coach in New Orleans in 1995 when Kiffin was the Defensive Coordinator there.
  • Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster was the Offensive Coordinator in Miami in 2004 when Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett played quarterback there.
  • Foerster was the Assistant Offensive Line/Tight Ends Coach in Minnesota from 1993-95 when Monte Kiffin was there from 1991-94.
  • Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan played in Oakland from 1998-02 when Cowboys Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan was the Offensive Coordinator (1998-01) and Head Coach there (2002) and Cowboys Quarterbacks Coach Wade Wilson was a quarterback there from 1998-99.
  • Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica held various roles with special teams for the New York Jets from 2007-13 when Callahan coached the offensive line there from 2008-11 and Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson was the Assistant Defensive Backs Coach (2007) and the Defensive Backs Coach (2008).
  • S Ryan Clark (2002-03) and NT Barry Cofield (2002-03) played for the New York Giants when Cowboys Tight Ends Coach Michael Pope held the same position there.
  • Head Coach Jay Gruden (2002-08), Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster (1996-01), Tight Ends Coach Sean McVay (2008), Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly (2004-08), Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris (2002-05, 07-11), Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett, Assistant Head Coach Monte Kiffin (1996-08), Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Joe Baker (2009-11), Defensive Coordiantor Rod Marinelli (1996-05) and Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia (2002-10) were all members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett was the Head Coach in New Orleans from 2000-05 when Cowboys Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Joe Baker held various defensive coaching positions there from 2000-04.
  • Haslett and Joe Baker also worked together in St. Louis in 2006 when Haslett was the Defensive Coordinator there, Joe Baker was the Defensive Quality Control/Linebackers Coach and Redskins Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker was the Defensive Line Coach.
  • Defensive Line Coach Jacob Burney held the same position in Denver when Baker was the Linebackers Coach (2007) and an Offensive Assistant (2008).
  • DL Chris Baker and Cowboys T Jermey Parnell played together in Miami in 2010. .
  • S Brandon Meriweather played with Cowboys FB Tyler Clutts and DT Henry Melton in Chicago in 2011 when Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli was the Assistant Head Coach there and Redskins Assistant Offensive Line Coach Shane Day was the Quarterbacks Coach.
  • G Shawn Lauvao played in Cleveland (2010-13) when Cowboys Assistant Defensive Line/Defensive Ends Coach Ben Bloom was a Defensive Assistant there (2010), Running Backs Coach Gary Brown held the same position (2009-12), Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus held the same position (2009-10) and Defensive Backs Coach Jerome Henderson held the same position (2009-11).
  • S Brandon Meriweather and Cowboys Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mike Woicik were both members of the New England Patriots from 2007-10.

Notable College Connections:

  • TE Niles Paul and RB Roy Helu, Jr. played for Nebraska in 2007 when Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan held the same position there and Cowboys Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan was the Head Coach.
  • QB Robert Griffin III played with Cowboys WR Terrance Williams at Baylor from 2009-11.
  • WR Aldrick Robinson (2007-10) and G Josh LeRibeus (2007-10) played with Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (2008-11) and CB Sterling Moore (2009-10) at Southern Methodist.
  • T Trent Williams (2006-09) played with Cowboys TE James Hanna (2008-11) and RB DeMarco Murray (2007-10) at Oklahoma.
  • QB Colt McCoy (2005-09), LB Brian Orakpo (2004-08) and LB Keenan Robinson (2007-11) played with Cowboys DT Henry Melton (2005-08) at Texas.
  • LB Jackson Jeffcoat (2010-13) played with Cowboys T Donald Hawkins (2012-13) at Texas.
  • LB Perry Riley, Jr. (2006-09) played with Cowboys DE Lavar Edwards (2008-12) at Louisiana State.
  • Defensive Assistant Aubrey Pleasant played with Cowboys DT Nick Hayden at Wisconsin from 2005-07.

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