REGULAR SEASON – WEEK 14WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-9) vs. ST. LOUIS RAMS (5-7)Sunday, Dec. 7 – 1 p.m. ET
FedExField (85,000) – Landover, Md.
After two weeks on the road, the Washington Redskins will return home on Sunday to face the St. Louis Rams in Week 14. Kickoff at FedExField is schedule 1 p.m. ET.
Last week, quarterback Colt McCoy made his second start as a member of the Redskins, completing 31-of-47 passes and setting career highs in passing yards (392) and passing touchdowns (three) at Indianapolis. The 300-yard passing effort was the second of McCoy's career and his first since Oct. 2, 2011 vs. Tennessee as a member of the Cleveland Browns. His 113.1 passer rating was the highest by a Redskins quarterback since Week 10 of the 2013 season.
Sunday's game will feature two of the league's top takeaway producers during the last two weeks. The Rams led all NFL teams with eight takeaways in Weeks 12-13, followed by the Redskins and three other teams with six. The Redskins registered three takeaways in each of the last two games, doing so in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 11-12 of the 2012 season. On Sunday, the Redskins will attempt to record three-plus takeaways for a third consecutive game for the first time since doing so in four straight games across Weeks 9-12 of the 2003 season.
– Redskins lead overall series, 24-12-1
– Redskins lead regular season series, 22-10-1
– Last meeting: Sept. 16, 2012 (31-28, STL)
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Head coach Jeff Fisher leads the St. Louis Rams in 2014. The Rams have a 5-7 record this season and currently sit in fourth place in the NFC West.
Austin Davis and Shaun Hill have shared time at quarterback this season. In 10 games, Davis has completed 180-of-284 passes (63.4 percent) for 2,001 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In five games, Hill has completed 59-of-99 passes (59.6 percent) for 682 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Rookie running back Tre Mason is the Rams' leading rushing this season, gaining 562 yards on 122 carries (4.6 avg.) with three touchdowns. Running back Benny Cunningham is tied with Mason for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns among his 56 carries this season.
Tight end Jared Cook leads St. Louis in receptions this season with 37. Wide receiver Kenny Britt leads the team with 490 receiving yards, and tight end Lance Kendricks has posted a team-high four receiving touchdowns.
Linebacker Alec Ogletree leads the team with 81 tackles (67 solo). 2011 NFL Draft Pick Robert Quinn has recorded a team-high nine sacks, and cornerback Trumaine Johnson leads the Rams with three interceptions.
Greg Zuerlein handles kicking duties for the Rams. Zuerlein is 17-of-21 on field goal attempts this season (81 percent). Johnny Hekky has punted 59 times with a 45.7-yard average this season.
Cunningham handles kick return duties for St. Louis. He has returned the ball 23 times for 664 yards (28.9 avg.). Tavon Austin handles punt returns and has gained 189 yards on 26 punt returns (7.3 avg.).
REGULAR SEASON SERIES
Sunday's matchup between the Redskins and Rams is the 38th all-time meeting between the two franchises dating back to their first meeting on Nov. 21, 1937. The Redskins boast a 24-12-1 record against the Rams all-time, including a 22-10-1 record in regular season contests.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
• The Redskins and Rams meeting for an eighth time in the last 10 seasons.
• The Redskins and Rams meeting at FedExField for the first time since 2009.
• The Redskins recording three takeaways for a third consecutive game for the first time since doing so in four straight games across Weeks 9-12 of the 2003 season.
• Kicker Kai Forbath maintaining the highest field goal percentage in team history among players with at least 50 field goal attempts (87.1 percent).
• Forbath (54) making one field goal to pass Sam Baker and John Hall (54) for sole possession of sixth-most in team history.
• Wide receiver Pierre Garçon recording two touchdown receptions to match his single-season best as a member of the Redskins (five in 2013).
• Garçon recording six receptions to reach 400 career receptions.
• Running back Roy Helu, Jr. registering another 30-yard reception. This season, Helu, Jr. has become the first Redskins running back in records available dating back to 1994 to record a reception of at least 30 yards in five games in a single season.
• Helu, Jr. adding to his career high in receiving yards this season (436).
• Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and safety Brandon Meriweather each playing in their 100th career regular season games.
• Jackson improving upon his league-leading 20.0 yards per reception this season.
• Jackson registering his sixth 100-yard receiving game this season to record six 100-yard games in one season by a single Redskins receiver for the fourth time since 1960 (Bobby Mitchell, 7 in 1962 and 6 in 1963; Art Monk, 6 in 1985).
• Jackson gaining 58 receiving yards to post the 28th 1,000-yard receiving season in team history. Jackson would become the fifth player to accomplish the feat in his first season in Washington (Bobby Mitchell in 1962, Henry Ellard in 1994, Laveranues Coles in 2003 and Santana Moss in 2005).
• Jackson adding to his league-leading totals in total touchdowns of 50-plus yards (20), receptions of 25-plus yards (87) and receptions of 50-plus yards (27) 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.
Here's an exclusive look from the Washington Redskins' sideline during their Week 13 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
• Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan improving upon his career-high 9.5 sacks this season.
• Kerrigan (34.0) recording one sack to pass Andre Carter for sole possession of seventh-most career sacks by a member of the Redskins since sacks became an official stat in 1982 (34.0).
• Kerrigan (34.0) notching 1.5 sacks to tie Dave Butz (35.5) for sixth on that list.
• Kerrigan registering a full sack in three consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 9-11 of the 2011 season.
• Kerrigan (13) forcing a fumble to pass Ken Harvey for sole possession of the most forced fumbles by a member of the Redskins since 1994.
• Kerrigan forcing a fumble in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 3-4 of the 2011 season.
• Quarterback Colt McCoy recording 300 passing yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
• McCoy becoming the first Redskins quarterback to throw for 300 yards in consecutive games since Robert Griffin III accomplished the feat in three straight contests in Weeks 1-3 of the 2013 season.
• Running back Alfred Morris maintaining the highest rushing average in team history (4.61).
• Morris registering his 12th career 100-yard rushing game to tie Earnest Byner, George Rogers and Terry Allen for fifth-most in team history.
• Morris rushing for 107 yards to become only the fourth player in Redskins history to post three career 1,000-yard rushing season with the Redskins (Clinton Portis, 4; John Riggins, 4; Stephen Davis, 3).
• Morris joining Stephen Davis (1999-2001) as the only players in Redskins history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.
• Morris recording multiple rushing touchdowns for a third time this season to match his career high (three multi-touchdown games in 2012).
• Morris (821) recording 19 rushing attempts to pass Cliff Battles (839) for eighth in team history.
• Morris improving upon his career-best 14 receptions and 125 receiving yards this season.
• 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 career-high 35 receptions and 464 receiving yards this season.
• Punter Tress Way continuing his league-leading pace of 48.3 yards per punt. If maintained, Way's average would rank third in team history, trailing only Sammy Baugh's full-season NFL record (51.4 yards per punt in 1940) and Baugh's 1941 campaign (48.7).
• 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…
... snap a four-game losing streak.
... improve the Redskins to 25-12-1 all-time against the Rams, including postseason, and push the Redskins to 12-5 against the Rams all-time in regular season home games.
... give the Redskins a second consecutive home win against the Rams for the first time since earning back-to-back playoff victories against the Rams following the 1983 and 1986 seasons.
... represent the Redskins' second win against an NFC opponent this season.
... surpass the Redskins' win total from a season ago (three) and surpass their win total at FedExField from a season ago (two).
NOTES FROM LAST GAME
- The Washington Redskins fell to the Indianapolis Colts, 49-27, in front of an announced crowd of 65,352 people at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
Quarterback Colt McCoy started his second game of the season and completed 31-of-47 passes with a passer rating of 113.1 and set career highs in passing yards (392) and passing touchdowns (three). * McCoy's 113.1 passer rating was the highest by a Redskins quarterback since Week 10 of the 2013 season (Robert Griffin III – 114.8). * The 300-yard passing effort was the second of McCoy's career and his first since Oct. 2, 2011 vs. Tennessee as a member of the Cleveland Browns. * McCoy now has 25 career passing touchdowns, including four this season. * McCoy's 31 completions were the most by a Redskins quarterback since Robert Griffin III completed 32 passes vs. Detroit in Week 3 last season. * Tight end Jordan Reed tied his career high in receptions (nine) and posted a season-high 123 yards. His previous career high in each category came in Week 7 last season vs. Chicago (nine receptions for 134 yards). * Reed recorded a season-long 29-yard gain in the third quarter, surpassing his previous long of 22 yards vs. Tennessee in Week 7. He then surpassed that with a 30-yard gain in the fourth quarter. *
The Redskins recorded takeaways on the first two possessions of a game for the first time since recording interceptions against the Dallas Cowboys on the Cowboys' first two drives on Dec. 30, 2012. * The Redskins registered three takeaways and have reached the three-takeaway mark in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 11-12 of the 2012 season. * The Redskins recorded three takeaways in the first half for the first time since Week 11 of the 2012 season vs. Philadelphia. * Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, an Indiana native, recorded a sack to establish a new single-season career high (9.5). * On the game's first play from scrimmage, Kerrigan registered a sack and forced fumble on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck that was recovered by defensive end Jason Hatcher. * The forced fumble was the 13th of Kerrigan's career, tying him with Ken Harvey for the most by a member of the Redskins since 1994. * The sack tied Kerrigan with Andre Carter for the seventh-most sacks in Redskins history (34.0). * Kerrigan now has sacks in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 4-5 earlier this season. * The fumble recovery was the fifth of Hatcher's career and his first as a member of the Redskins. * The takeaway was the first by the Redskins on an opponent's opening drive since recording an interception against the Minnesota Vikings in the teams' Week 10 meeting last season. *
On the Colts' second possession, safety Ryan Clark recorded his 16th career interception and his first of the season. * The interception was Clark's fourth as a member of the Redskins and his first with the team since Week 17 of the 2005 season at Philadelphia. * Clark later added his eighth career fumble recovery – his second of the season – in the second quarter. The fumble was forced by linebacker Perry Riley, Jr., his first of the season and the second of his career. * Clark recorded an interception and fumble recovery in the same game for the first time in his 173-game regular season career. * Clark now has at least one interception in seven straight seasons and in nine of his last 10. * Wide receiver Pierre Garçon surpassed 5,000 career receiving yards during the contest (5,005). * Wide receiver DeSean Jackson recorded his 400th career reception in the third quarter on an 18-yard pass from McCoy. Later in the quarter, he surpassed 7,000 career receiving yards on an 11-yard pass from McCoy and now has 7,059 yards for his career. *
Jackson recorded a 42-yard touchdown reception from McCoy in the third quarter, the 37th of Jackson's career and his fifth of the season. * The 40-plus-yard reception was Jackson's NFL-best 10th of the season. * Running back Roy Helu, Jr. recorded his career-high second receiving touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a 21-yard pass from McCoy. * The Redskins now have four receiving touchdowns by backs this season (two by Helu, Jr. and two by fullback Darrel Young), the team's most since recording five in 2010 (Keiland Williams, 2; Ryan Torain, 2; Young, 1). * Helu, Jr. gained 61 yards on four receptions and now has a career-high 436 receiving yards this season, surpassing the 379 receiving yards he accrued during his rookie season in 2011. * Tight end Logan Paulsen scored on a 16-yard touchdown reception from McCoy in the third quarter. * The touchdown reception was Paulsen's sixth of his career and his first since Week 14 last season. * Wide receiver Santana Moss recorded his first reception of the season in the second quarter, gaining 13 yards. * Running back Alfred Morris caught three passes for 16 yards and added to career highs in receptions (14) and receiving yards (125) this season. * Linebacker Steve Beauharnais made his Redskins debut.
Former Rams on Redskins:
- Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett (Defensive Coordinator, 2006-08 and Interim Head Coach, 2008)
- Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker (Defensive Line, 2006-08)
Former Redskins on Rams:
Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer (Quarterbacks, 2001) * Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams (Assistant Head Coach/Defense, 2004-07) * Defensive Quality Control Coach Dennard Wilson (Defensive Backs Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, 2004-06)
Rams who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- DE Kendall Langford (Hampton)
- DE Chris Long (Virginia)
- S Rodney McLeod (Virginia)
Redskins from Missouri:
- LB Will Compton (Bonne Terre, Mo.)
Rams from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- DT Kendall Langford (Petersburg, Va.)
- RB Trey Watts (Fairfax, Va.)
Notable Pro Connections:
- G Chris Chester played in Baltimore from 2006-10 when Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster was the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach there and Rams Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel was the Assistant Special Teams Coach from 2005-07.
- Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica held various coaching positions with the New York Jets (Quality Control, 2007-08 and Assistant Special Teams, 2009-12) when Rams Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer held the same position there from 2006-11 and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Andy Dickerson was a Coaches' Assistant in 2011.
- G Shawn Lauvao played in Cleveland when Dickerson was the Assistant Offensive Line Coach there in 2010.
- Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster was the Offensive Line/Tight Ends Coach in Minnesota (1993-95) when Rams Wide Receivers Coach Ray Sherman was the Quarterbacks Coach there (1995-97).
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips held various offensive coaching positions in Dallas from 2007-13 and Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker was the Defensive Line Coach there from 2011-12 when Sherman was the Wide Receivers Coach there from 2007-11.
- DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13) and DE Stephen Bowen (2006-10) played in Dallas when Sherman was the Wide Receivers Coach there.
- Offensive Quality Control Coach Jake Peetz was a Scouting Assistant in Jacksonville when Williams was the Defensive Coordinator there in 2008 and a BLESTO scout when Rams Tight Ends Coach Rob Boras held the same position from 2010-11.
- Defensive Line Coach Jacob Burney held the same position in Carolina in 2001 when Rams Offensive Line Coach Paul Boudreau also held the same position there.
- Burney held the same position in Denver (2002-08) when Rams Linebackers Coach Frank Bush was a Special Teams Coach (2001-03).
Top images from the Washington Redskins' Week 13 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at Lucas Oil Stadium
Assistant Offensive Line Coach Shane Day was the Offensive Quality Control Coach in San Francisco (2007-09) when Rams Quarterbacks Coach Frank Cignetti held the same position there in 2007 and Rams QB Shaun Hill played there (2007-09). * Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett was the Head Coach in New Orleans when Cignetti was the Quarterbacks Coach there from 2000-01. * Haslett was the Defensive Coordinator in Pittsburgh when Rams Wide Receivers Coach Ray Sherman was the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach there in 1998. * Assistant Special Teams Coach Bradford Banta played tight end/long snapper in Detroit when Rams Offensive Quality Control Coach Andy Sugarman was an Offensive Assistant there in 2003. * Banta was the Assistant Special Teams Coach (2008-11) and Assistant Linebackers Coach (2012-13) in Detroit when Rams QB Shaun Hill played there (2010-13). * Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan played running back in Oakland from 1998-02 when Rams Defensive Line Coach Mike Waufle held the same position there from 1998-03. * Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard played wide receiver for the New York Giants (1997-2004) when Waufle was the Defensive Line Coach there (2004-09). * Hilliard was the Assistant Wide Receivers Coach in Miami in 2011 when Rams DT Kendall Langford played there.
Notable College Connections:
- LB Perry Riley, Jr. (2006-09) played with Rams DT Michael Brockers (2009-11) and T Joe Barksdale (2007-10) at LSU.
- TE Jordan Reed played with Rams CB Marcus Roberson from 2011-12 at Florida.
- WR Leonard Hankerson played with Rams G Brandon Washington from 2009-10 at Miami (Fla.).
- G Chris Chester (2001-05) played with Rams G Davin Joseph (2002-05) at Oklahoma.
- K Kai Forbath (2006-10) and TE Logan Paulsen (2005-09) played with Rams TE Cory Harkey (2008-11) at UCLA.
- T Morgan Moses (2009-13) played with Rams S Rodney McLeod (2008-11) at Virginia.
- CB Chase Minnifield (2007-11) played with Rams DE Chris Long (2004-07) at Virginia.