REGULAR SEASON WEEK 4 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-2) VS NEW YORK GIANTS (1-2)Thursday, Sept. 25 – 8:25 p.m. ET
FedExField (85,000) – Landover, Md.
The Washington Redskins will play their second NFC East game in a five-day span when the team hosts the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football in Week 4. Kickoff at FedExField is scheduled for 8:25 p.m.
Thursday's tilt with the Giants will represent the first time the Redskins have hosted a Thursday game at FedExField since defeating the Chicago Bears, 24-16, on Dec. 6, 2007. The Redskins are 4-2 all-time in games played on Thursdays other than Thanksgiving and are a perfect 3-0 in Thursday home games.
Entering Monday, the Redskins rank No. 2 in the league in offensive yards per game (444.0) and No. 4 in the league in yards allowed per game (282.7). The Redskins are the only team in the NFL to be ranked in the Top 5 in both categories, and the team's plus-161.3 yard differential per game is more than 40 yards more than any other team in the league (Detroit, plus-120.).
Last Sunday in Philadelphia, quarterback Kirk Cousins recorded the 12th 400-yard passing in franchise history, accumulating a career-high 427 yards through the air. In the third quarter, Cousins connected with wide receiver DeSean Jackson for an 81-yard touchdown, the longest play in the NFL this season entering Monday night.
A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants.
– Giants lead overall series, 95-65-4
– Giants lead regular season series, 94-64-4
– Last meeting: Dec. 29, 2013 (20-6, NYG)
TELEVISION: CBS/NFL Network
– Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
– Phil Simms (color)
– Tracy Wolfson (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
– Larry Michael (play-by-play)
– Sonny Jurgensen (color)
– Chris Cooley (analysis)
– Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
Westwood One Sports
– Bob Wischusen (play-by-play)
– Mike Mayock (color)
– Ross Tucker (sidelines)
Head coach Tom Coughlin leads the New York Giants in 2014. The Giants are 1-2 this season and currently sit tied for third in the NFC East.
Quarterback Eli Manning is in his 11th year with the Giants. Manning has completed 65-of-100 passes (65 percent) for 674 yards through three games this season. He has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions.
Running back Rashad Jennings is in his sixth NFL season and first with the Giants in 2014. The Lynchburg, Va. native has 68 rushing attempts for 286 yards (4.2 avg.) this season with two rushing touchdowns. Rookie Andre Williams is second on the team with 19 carries for 39 yards (2.1 avg.).
Tight end Larry Donnell has been the Giants' top target through three weeks. Donnell leads the team with 18 receptions for 182 yards (10.1 avg.) and one touchdown. Wide receiver Victor Cruz leads the Giants with 191 receiving yards on 12 receptions (15.9 avg.) and one touchdown.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara leads the Giants in tackles in 2014, posting 22 tackles (16 solo) along with five passes defensed and one interception. Safety Antrel Rolle, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Amukamara are all tied for the team lead with one interception each.
Josh Brown handles kicking duties for the Giants and is 3-of-3 on field goal attempts this season. Steven Weatherford has punted the ball 13 times for 537 yards in 2014 (41.3 avg.).
Preston Parker is the Giants' punt returner and has returned six punts for 42 yards (7.0 avg.). Quintin Demps is the Giants' kick returner and has gained 174 yards on eight punt returns this season (21.8 avg.).
REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
Sunday's matchup between the Redskins and the Giants will mark the 165th overall meeting between the franchises and the teams' 163rd regular season meeting. The series began in 1932 and the two played twice a year during each regular season with the exception of the 1967 and 1969 seasons. The Giants lead the overall series, 95-65-4, and the regular series, 95-64-4. The Redskins and Giants have clashed twice in the postseason at New York, splitting a pair of postseason games.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK:
• The Redskins playing a game on a Thursday for the 15th time in team history. The Redskins are 6-8 in Thursday games all-time and 4-2 all-time in Thursday games played on dates other than Thanksgiving.
• The Redskins hosting a Thursday game for the first time since beating the Chicago Bears, 24-16, at FedExField on Dec. 6, 2007. The Redskins are 3-0 at home in Thursday night games, including a 13-3 win against the Giants on Sept. 16, 1937, a 16-13 win against the Jets on Sept. 4, 2003 and the aforementioned win against the Bears in 2007.
• The Redskins winning their first Thursday game since defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 38-31, on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. It would be the Redskins' first non-Thanksgiving Thursday victory since beating the Bears, 24-16, on Dec. 6, 2007.
• The Redskins extending their NFL-best sellout streak to 387 games, including postseason play.
• The Redskins and Giants meeting for a 165th time including postseason play. The Giants are the Redskins' most-played opponent.
• The Redskins and Giants facing one another on a Thursday for a third time. Previous Thursday games between the two teams include a 13-3 Redskins victory on Sept. 16, 1937, and a 16-7 defeat at the hands of the Giants on Sept. 4, 2008.
• The Redskins maintaining their rankings in the Top 5 in the NFL in both yards gained per game (No. 2, 444.0) and yards allowed per game (No. 4, 282.7). The Redskins lead the league in yard differential per game (plus-161.3).
• The Redskins posting 400 yards of offense for a third consecutive game for the first time since doing so in three straight games from Weeks 9-11 last season (500 vs. SD, 433 at MIN, 427 at PHI).
• The Redskins accumulating 30 first downs in a game twice in a single season for the first time in records dating back to 1991. The team had 32 first downs in Week 2 vs. Jacksonville.
• The Redskins not allowing a sack in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 3-4 of the 2006 season.
• Quarterback Kirk Cousins throwing for 400 yards to become the first player in team history to record back-to-back 400-yard passing games. He would be the first NFL player to do so since San Diego's Philip Rivers in Weeks 4-5 last season.
• Cousins passing for three touchdowns for a second consecutive game to become the first Redskins quarterback to throw at least three touchdowns in back-to-back contests since Robert Griffin III in Weeks 10-11 of the 2012 season. The performance would parallel Griffin III's, whose back-to-back effort also featured a game against Philadelphia followed by a Thursday game against an NFC East opponent (Dallas).
• Wide receiver Pierre Garçon (138 last week) recording consecutive 100-yard receiving games for the first time since Weeks 15-16 last season.
• Defensive end Jason Hatcher recording half a sack to reach 30.0 career sacks. Hatcher was retroactively credited by the NFL with an extra sack in the team's Week 2 win vs. Jacksonville.
• Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (117 last week) recording consecutive 100-yard receiving games for the first time since Weeks 1-2 last season.
• Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (28.5) recording a sack to pass Bruce Smith (29.0) for eighth on the Redskins' all-time sack list.
• Kerrigan continuing to lead the NFL in sacks (as of Monday morning).
Running back Alfred Morris (3,141) gaining 36 yards to pass Ladell Betts (3,176) for ninth on the Redskins' all-time rushing yardage list.
• Morris (22) chasing No. 8 Cliff Battles (23) and No. 7 Earnest Byner (25) 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.
• 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 18 receptions and 253 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. Orakpo retroactively had his sack total from Week 2 reduced by the NFL by 0.5 sacks.
• Punter Tress Way recording a 60-yard punt to become the first Redskins punter to record a 60-yard punt in four games in a single season since Matt Turk (five in 1998).
• Way maintaining his 51.3-yard punting average. Way's average is one-tenth of a yard shy of the pace set by Sammy Baugh's full-season NFL record (51.4 yards per punt in 1940).
• Fullback Darrel Young scoring a touchdown in a fourth consecutive game for the first time in his career.
A REDSKINS WIN WOULD…
... even the Redskins' record at 2-2 this season.
... be the first divisional victory in the NFL head coaching career of Head Coach Jay Gruden.
... make the Redskins 1-1 against divisional opponents this season.
... be the Redskins' 66th all-time victory against the Giants and their 65th in regular season play.
... push the Redskins' all-time record in Thursday games to 7-8 and improve the Redskins to 5-2 in Thursday games played on dates other than Thanksgiving.
... maintain the Redskins' perfect record in Thursday home games. The Redskins are currently 3-0 in Thursday home games with wins in 1937, 2003 and 2007.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME:
- The Washington Redskins fell to the Philadelphia Eagles, 37-34, in front of an announced crowd of 69,596 people at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
- Quarterback Kirk Cousins recorded his first start of the season and finished the game having completed 30-of-48 passes for 427 yards with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 103.4.
- Cousins recorded career highs in completions (30), passing yards (427) and passing touchdowns (three). His previous highs in all three categories came in Week 15 last season at Atlanta.
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Cousins' 427 passing yards were the fourth-most by a Redskins quarterback in a regular season game since the 1970 merger, trailing Brad Johnson (471 on Dec. 26, 1999), Mark Rypien (442 on Nov. 10, 1991) and Doug Williams (430 on Sept. 11, 1988). * Cousins' 400-yard passing day was the first of his career and the first by a Redskins quarterback since Donovan McNabb vs. Houston on Sept. 19, 2010 (426). * Running back Alfred Morris gained 77 yards on 23 carries and entered the Top 10 in career rushing yardage in Redskins history, surpassing Don Bosseler (3,112). Morris now has 3,141 career rushing yards. * Wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned to Lincoln Financial Field after appearing in 87 career regular season games with the Eagles across the 2008-13 seasons. * Jackson posted a season-high 117 receiving yards on five receptions with one receiving touchdown in his return. The 100-yard receiving game was the 21st of Jackson's career and his first with the Redskins. * Wide receiver Pierre Garçon posted season highs with 11 receptions for 138 yards with one receiving touchdown. The 11 receptions tied his career high set in Week 16 last season vs. Dallas. * The 100-yard receiving game was the 14th of Garçon's career and his eighth with the Redskins. * The Redskins had two receivers accumulate 100 receiving yards in the same game for the first time since Laveranues Coles (180) and Rod Gardner (118) accomplished the feat at Atlanta on Sept. 13, 2003. * The Redskins gained 511 net yards, a season high and the team's first 500-yard effort since posting 500 total yards vs. San Diego in Week 9 last season. * Including a 449-yard effort last week vs. Jacksonville, the Redskins have now posted at least 400 yards of offense in two consecutive games for the first time since doing so in three straight games from Weeks 9-11 last season. * The Redskins opened the game with an 11-play, 77-yard touchdown drive culminating in a four-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to fullback Darrel Young. * The opening-drive touchdown was the Redskins' first since Dec. 1, 2013 vs. the New York Giants. * The touchdown was Young's third in as many games this season (rushing touchdown in Week 1 at Houston, receiving touchdown in Week 2 vs. Jacksonville). It marks the first time in Young's career he has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games. * Cousins completed his first eight pass attempts of the game. Last week, Cousins completed his first 12 attempts – a personal best for consecutive completions – vs. Jacksonville. * On the Redskins' second drive, Cousins connected with Garçon for a four-yard touchdown pass. * Cousins' first quarter performance marked the first time a Redskins quarterback had thrown two first-quarter touchdown passes since Mark Brunell vs. the New York Giants on Dec. 24, 2005. * The 14-point first quarter was the Redskins' first since Week 2 of the 2012 season at St. Louis. * Cornerback DeAngelo Hall recorded his first fumble recovery of the season in the second quarter, recovering the first forced fumble of rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland's career. * The fumble recovery was the 14th of Hall's career and the eighth of his tenure with the Redskins. * Kicker Kai Forbath converted his 17th and 18th consecutive field goal attempts, dating back to last season, the longest streak of his career. In the process, he surpassed himself for second in team history (17 in 2012). * Forbath set the streak in the same stadium in which he converted his NFL record 17th consecutive field goal to open a career in 2012. * In the third quarter, Cousins connected with Jackson for an 81-yard touchdown pass. The pass was a career long for Cousins, surpassing a 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss on Oct. 7, 2012. * The touchdown was Jackson's first with the Redskins and the 33rd of his career. The 81-yard reception was the third-longest of his career and his longest since a 91-yard touchdown reception at Dallas on Dec. 12, 2010, as a member of the Eagles. * The touchdown was Jackson's 18th total touchdown covering 50 yards or more in his career, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008. *
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The 81-yard completion was the Redskins' longest since Robert Griffin III hit Garçon for an 88-yard touchdown in Week 1 of the 2012 season. The 81-yard pass was the longest allowed by the Eagles since Oct. 18, 2009 (86 at Oakland). * The touchdown pass was Cousins' third of the day and the 13th of his career. His three passing touchdowns matched his career high set in Week 15 last season at Atlanta. * Running back Roy Helu, Jr. recorded a career-long 55-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Three plays later, Helu, Jr. finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, the seventh rushing touchdown of his career and his first of the season. * Excluding a kneeldown to end the half, the Redskins scored on every possession in the first half for the first time since Week 10 at Minnesota last season. * The Redskins gained 253 net yards in the first half. The Redskins have exceeded 250 first-half yards in two of their three games this season. The team accrued 250 first-half yards twice in 16 games last season. * Cousins finished the first half with a passer rating of 123.4, marking the seventh time since 1991 a Redskins quarterback finished a first half with at least 10 attempts and a passer rating in excess of 120.0. He was the first to do it since he accomplished the feat in Week 15 at Atlanta last season (141.3 rating on 20 attempts). * The Redskins scored 20 first-half points at Philadelphia a week after scoring 21 first-half points vs. Jacksonville, marking the first time since Weeks 1-2 of the 2012 season that the Redskins had scored 20 points in the first half of consecutive games. * The Redskins did not allow a sack for the first time since Week 16 last season vs. Dallas. * The Redskins entered a game as the No. 1 ranked total defense in the NFL for the first time since entering Week 10 of the 2004 season as the league's top-rated unit. * The Redskins' defense held Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to 1.1 yards per carry, the second-lowest single-game total of his career. * Despite the loss, the Redskins remain 81-73-5 against the Eagles all-time, including postseason play. The Redskins' 82 wins against the Eagles are their most against any opponent.
Former Giants on Redskins:
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (WR, 1997-2004)
- S Ryan Clark (2002-03)
Former Redskins on Giants:
- Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty (2000)
- Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn (2003)
Giants from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- RB Rashad Jennings (Lynchburg, Va.)
- DE Kerry Wynn (Louisa, Va.)
Redskins from the New York/New Jersey area:
- Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris (Irvington, N.J.)
- FB Darrel Young (Amityville)
Giants who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- RB Rashad Jennings (Liberty)
- DE Kerry Wynn (Richmond)
Redskins who went to college in the New York/New Jersey area:
- Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris (Hofstra)
Notable Pro Connections:**
- G/C Kory Lichtensteiger (2008), T Tyler Polumbus (2008-09), Defensive Line Coach Jacob Burney (2002-08) and Giants RB Peyton Hillis (2008-09) all worked together at Denver.
- DL Chris Baker (2010), Giants DE Robert Ayers Jr. (2009-13) and Giants C J.D. Walton (2010-12) all played together at Denver.
- S Duke Ihenacho (2012-13), CB Tracy Porter (2012), Giants DE Robert Ayers Jr. (2009-13) and Giants J.D. Walton (2010-12) all played together at Denver.
- Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster and Giants Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn worked together in 2004 at Miami.
- DL Chris Baker (2010), DE Clifton Geathers (2010) and Giants G John Jerry (2010-13) all played together at Miami.
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard and Giants G John Jerry worked together in 2011 at Miami.
- CB E.J. Biggers (2009-12), LB Adam Hayward (2007-13) and Giants Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn (2009) all worked together at Tampa Bay.
- CB E.J. Biggers (2009-12), LB Adam Hayward (2007-13), Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris (2002-11) and Giants WR Preston Parker (2010-12) all worked together at Tampa Bay.
- G Chris Chester (2006-10) and Giants LB Jameel McClain (2008-13) played together at Baltimore.
- DE Clifton Geathers (2010), G Shawn Lauvao (2010-13), QB Colt McCoy (2010-12) and Giants RB Peyton Hillis (2010-11) all played together at Cleveland.
- WR Pierre Garcon and Giants S Stevie Brown played together in 2011 at Indianapolis.
- LB Akeem Jordan (2007-12), WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13), Giants DT Cullen Jenkins (2011-12), Giants DT Mike Patterson (2005-12) and Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (2011-12) all played together at Philadelphia.
- LB Akeem Jordan and Giants S Quintin Demps played together in 2013 at Kansas City.
- CB Tracy Porter played with Giants RB Rashad Jennings in 2013 at Oakland.
- WR Santana Moss and Giants Secondary Coach/Safeties Coach David Merritt, Sr. worked together from 2001-03 at the New York Jets.
- CB Tracy Porter and Giants T Charles Brown played together from 2010-11 at New Orleans.
- Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett (1995-96; 2000-2005), Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo (2004) and Giants Quarterbacks Coach Danny Langsdorf (2002-04) all worked together at New Orleans.
Notable College Connections:
- LB Will Compton (2008-12), RB Roy Helu Jr. (2007-10), TE Niles Paul (2007-10), G Spencer Long (2009-13) and Giants CB Prince Amukamara (2007-10) all played together at Nebraska.
- QB Robert Griffin III and Giants C J.D. Walton played together in 2009 at Baylor.
- RB Silas Redd and Giants LB Devon Kennard played together from 2012-13 at USC.
- LB Perry Riley Jr. and Giants WR Rueben Randle played together in 2009 at LSU.