REGULAR SEASON WEEK 2 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0-1) vs JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-1)Sunday, Sept. 14 – 1 p.m. ET
FedExField (85,000) – Landover, Md.
Regular season football will return to FedExField on Sunday when the Washington Redskins host their home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Redskins have won nine of their last 12 home openers since 2002. Dating back to the team's inception as the Boston Braves in 1932, the Redskins' franchise is 47-32-3 all-time in home openers, including a 29-15 record in home openers since the 1970 merger.
The game will also represent the regular season home debut of Head Coach Jay Gruden. With a win on Sunday, Gruden can become the fourth consecutive Redskins coach to win his home opener and can push Redskins head coaches' records to 16-11-1 all-time in home debuts.
Despite an opening day 53-man roster that featured 22 players that did not appear in game action with the Redskins in 2013, the Redskins' debut performance for the 2014 season last week prominently featured two of the team's offensive standouts from a season ago: running back Alfred Morris and wide receiver Pierre Garçon.
Morris gained 91 rushing yards on 14 attempts, while Garçon caught 10 passes for 77 yards, extending his streak of consecutive games with five or more receptions to 17, tied for the fourth-longest streak in league history.
A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars.
— Redskins lead overall series, 4-1 — Redskins lead regular season series, 4-1 — **Last meeting: 12/26/2010 (20-17 OT, WAS)
TELEVISION:CBS— *Spero Dedes (play-by-play)— *Solomon Wilcots (color)
RADIO:Redskins Radio Network
— Larry Michael (play-by-play)
— Sonny Jurgensen (color)
— Chris Cooley (analysis)
— Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
THE OPPONENT:Head coach Gus Bradley leads the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014. The Jaguars finished last season with a 4-12 record, finishing third in the AFC South.
Quarterback Chad Henne is in his third year with the Jaguars. In 2013, he threw for 3,241 yards with 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Last week, Henne threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Running back Toby Gerhart is in his first season with the Jaguars. Gerhart spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, compiling 1,305 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns from 2010-13. In Week 1, Gerhart rushed for 42 yards on 18 attempts (2.3 avg.).
Receiver Cecil Shorts III led the Jaguars in receptions in 2013 with 66, gaining 777 receiving yards with three touchdowns. Last week, the Jaguars were led in receptions by wide receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Marcedes Lewis with six each. Wide receiver Allen Hurns led the team with 110 receiving yards on four receptions with two touchdowns.
Linebacker Paul Posluszny has recorded more than 100 tackles in six of his seven seasons in the league. He led the Jaguars with 162 tackles (122 solo) in 2013 and opened the 2014 season by recording 12 tackles last Sunday. Posluszny was also one of four Jaguars to tie for the team lead in interceptions a season ago (two).
Josh Scobee handles kicking duties for Jacksonville. Scobee was 23- of-25 on field goal attempts last season (92.0 percent). Bryan Anger, who punted the ball 95 times for 4,338 yards in 2013 (45.7-yard average), had eight punts for 372 yards (46.5-yard average) against the Eagles last week
Mike Brown handled punt return duties for the Jaguars in Week 1. Against the Eagles, Brown returned three punts for 28 yards (9.3 avg.). On kick return, Jordan Todman returned two kicks for 36 yards (18.0 avg).
REGULAR SEASON SERIES:Sunday's game between the Redskins and the Jaguars will be the sixth meeting between the two franchises since the Jaguars' inception in 1995. The Redskins are 4-1 all-time against the Jaguars.
Each of the Redskins' last two games against the Jaguars has required extra time to decide a winner, with the Redskins picking up overtime victories in both 2006 and 2010. In 2006, quarterback Mark Brunell hit wide receiver Santana Moss for a 68-yard walk-off touchdown pass less than two minutes into overtime. Four years later, an interception by cornerback Kevin Barnes helped setup a 31-yard Graham Gano game-winning field goal. It was the Redskins' third overtime win of that season.
The Redskins are 2-0 against the Jaguars at FedExField all-time and will attempt to extend their perfect home record in the series on Sunday.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK:• The Redskins improving to 30-15 in home openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Redskins are seeking their first victory in a home opener since a 28-14 win over the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants in 2011.
• The Redskins opening their home slate in Week 2 for the first time since 2009. Washington has won its last two Week 2 home openers, including Week 2 wins in debuts at FedExField in 2008 and 2009.
• Head Coach Jay Gruden pushing Redskins head coaches to 16-11-1 all-time in home debuts.
• Gruden becoming the fourth straight Redskins coach to win his home debut.
• Kicker Kai Forbath improving upon his current streak of 14 consecutive made field goal attempts, dating back to last season. His career-best streak is 17, set to open his career in 2012.
• Wide receiver Pierre Garçon extending his streak of consecutive games with five or more receptions. Garçon's active 17-game streak is the longest in team history and tied with Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown for the longest active streak in the NFL.
• Garçon catching five passes to become only the fourth player in NFL history with 18 consecutive games with five or more receptions (Jimmy Smith, 21 from 2000-02; Laveranues Coles 19 from 2002-03; Sterling Sharpe, 18 from 1993-94).
• Cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepting a pass to give him 24 interceptions as a member of the Redskins, which would tie him with Ken Houston for ninth-most in team history.
• Hall returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jessie Tuggle for the second-most in NFL history (five). Hall's four career fumble return touchdowns are currently tied for third in NFL history with Bill Thompson, Derrick Thomas, Keith Bulluck and Ronde Barber.
• Hall returning a fumble for a touchdown to become the first player in NFL history with five fumble returns for touchdowns and five interception returns for touchdowns.
• Quarterback Robert Griffin III (36) recording three passing touchdowns to tie Jay Schroeder for 10th-most in Redskins history (39).
• Griffin III scoring a rushing touchdown to tie Eddie LeBaron, Mark Rypien and Norm Snead for fourth-most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in Redskins history (eight).
• Running back Alfred Morris scoring a rushing touchdown to tie Andy Farkas and Gerald Riggs (21) for 10th-most in team history.
• Morris gaining 21 rushing yards to reach 3,000 for his career. Morris would become the 11th player to rush for 3,000 yards with the Redskins, joining John Riggins, Clinton Portis, Larry Brown, Stephen Davis, Terry Allen, Earnest Byner, Cliff Battles, Mike Thomas, Ladell Betts and Don Bosseler.
• Morris rushing for 100 yards for 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).
• Linebacker Brian Orakpo notching two sacks to tie Ken Harvey (41.5) for fourth on the team's all-time sack list.
• Orakpo recording half a sack to become the fifth player in team history to register 40 sacks with the Redskins (Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, Monte Coleman and Ken Harvey).
A REDSKINS WIN WOULD…... even the Redskins' record at 1-1
... be the first in the NFL head coaching career of Head Coach Jay Gruden.
... make Gruden the 16th head coach in franchise history to win his Redskins home debut.
... improve Washington to 30-15 in home openers since the 1970 merger.
... snap a nine-game regular season losing streak.
... make the Redskins 8-6 against the AFC South since divisional realignment in 2002.
... improve the Redskins to 5-3 against AFC squads in their last eight meetings.
... push the Redskins' all-time record against the Jaguars to 5-1.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME:• The Washington Redskins opened their 83rd season in franchise history on Sunday but fell to the Houston Texans, 17-6, in front of an announced crowd of 71,770 people at NRG Stadium.
The Washington Redskins traveled to NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans for the 2014 regular season opener Sunday, September 7, 2014.
• The game was the NFL head coaching debut of Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden, who began the 29th head coaching tenure in franchise history.
• Gruden and Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien faced one another in the first NFL season opener between two first-year head coaches since Al Groh's New York Jets and Mike Sherman's Green Bay Packers faced one another in Week 1 of the 2000 season.
• The Redskins outrushed the Texans, 131-115. The Redskins have outrushed their opponent in 14 of their last 17 games, dating back to last season.
• Quarterback Robert Griffin III started and completed 29-of-37 passes for 267 yards with a passer rating of 96.7.
• Griffin III completed 78.4 percent of his passes, the second-highest percentage of his career and his best since completing 93.3 percent of his passes vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 18, 2012.
• Griffin III's 29 completions were the second-most by a Redskins quarterback in a season opener in records dating back to 1960, trailing only his 30 completions in Week 1 a season ago.
• Wide receiver Pierre Garçon had a team-high 10 receptions for 77 yards.
• Garçon recorded 10 receptions in a game for only the second time in his career, joining his 11-reception game vs. Dallas in Week 16 last season.
• Garçon entered the game with 16 consecutive games with five or more receptions, already the longest streak in team history.
• Garçon's 10 receptions tied Alvin Garrett (Sept. 5, 1983 vs. Dallas) and Joe Washington (Sept. 6, 1981) for the most by a member of the Redskins in a season opener in records dating back to 1960.
• Running back Alfred Morris led the Redskins in rushing, gaining 91 yards on 14 carries.
• Fullback Darrel Young scored the Redskins' first points of the season, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The touchdown rush was the fifth of Young's career.
• Tight end Niles Paul posted career highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (86), including a career-long 48-yard reception.
• Wide receiver DeSean Jackson made his Redskins debut and recorded eight receptions for 62 yards. The game marked the sixth time in Jackson's career he had amassed at least eight receptions in a single game.
• Defensive end Jason Hatcher made his Redskins debut and notched his 28th career sack and his first as a member of the Redskins, dropping Ryan Fitzpatrick for a five-yard loss.
• Wide receiver Andre Roberts' 25-yard punt return in the second quarter matched his career long, set as a member of the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 12, 2010 vs. Denver.
• Roberts recorded his first reception as a member of the Redskins, gaining 22 yards on a third-quarter reception.
• In the fourth quarter, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recorded the 11th forced fumble of his career. It was recovered by Keenan Robinson for the first fumble recovery of Robinson's career.
• Punter Tress Way made his NFL debut. Way's first career punt was a 61-yarder, the Redskins' longest punt since Week 4 of the 2012 season (Sav Rocca, 61 yards at Tampa Bay).
• Way finished with an average of 49.2 yards on five punts, the Redskins' highest single-game punting average since Hunter Smith averaged 50.0 yards on six punts vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 15, 2010.
• The Redskins debuted their season captains for 2014: tackle Trent Williams (offense), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (defense) and linebacker Adam Hayward (special teams). In addition, Gruden also appointed linebacker Brian Orakpo and running back Alfred Morris as captains for Week 1.
• Hall played in his 150th career regular season game.
• Safety Ryan Clark played his first game as a member of the Redskins since an NFC Wild Card game against Seattle on Jan. 14, 2006, a span of 3,159 days.
• Nose tackle Barry Cofield extended his streak of consecutive starts to 81, the longest active streak among NFL defensive tackles.
• Linebacker Keenan Robinson and cornerback Bashaud Breeland both made their first career starts.
Former Jaguars on Redskins:
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan (Running Back, 1995-97)
- Offensive Quality Control Coach Jake Peetz (Multiple positions, 2008-12)
Former Redskins on Jaguars:
- Offensive Assistant Matt Applebaum (2008-10)
- Defensive Backs Coach DeWayne Walker (2004-05)
- Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Mike Rutenberg (2003-05)
Jaguars from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- C Luke Bowanko (Clifton, Va.)
- DE Andre Branch (Richmond, Va.)
- WR Mike Brown (Charlottesville, Va.)
- LB LaRoy Reynolds (Norfolk, Va.)
Redskins from Florida:
- CB E.J. Biggers (North Miami Beach)
- WR Pierre Garçon (Greenacres)
- WR Leonard Hankerson (Fort Lauderdale)
- RB Alfred Morris (Pensacola)
- WR Santana Moss (Carol City)
Jaguars who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:**
- LB LaRoy Reynolds (Virginia)
- C Luke Bowanko (Virginia)
- WR Mike Brown (Liberty)
Redskins who went to college in Florida:
- WR Leonard Hankerson (Miami)
- RB Alfred Morris (Florida Atlantic)
- WR Santana Moss (Miami)
- TE Jordan Reed (Florida)
Notable Pro Connections:
- G/C Kory Lichtensteiger worked with Jaguars Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch in 2008 at Denver.
- DL Chris Baker, DE Clifton Geathers, and Jaguars QB Chad Henne all played together in 2010 at Miami.
- DE Frank Kearse played with Jaguars QB Chad Henne in 2011 at Miami.
- CB E.J. Biggers (2009-12), LB Adam Hayward (2007-13), Defensive Backs Coach Raheem Morris (2002-05, 07-11), Jaguars Defensive Line Coach Tood Wash (2007-10), Jaguars LB Geno Hayes (2008-11), Jaguars DT Roy Miller (2009-12) and Jaguars LB Dekoda Watson (2010-13) all worked together at Tampa Bay.
- Head Coach Jay Gruden, General Manager Bruce Allen (2004-08), Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley (2006-08) and Jaguars Tight Ends/Assistant Special Teams Coach Ron Middleton (2004-06) all worked together at Tampa Bay.
- Head Coach Jay Gruden, General Manager Bruce Allen, Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley and Jaguars Offensive Line Coach George Yarno all worked together in 2008 at Tampa Bay.
- DE Stephen Bowen (2006-10), DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13), DE Clifton Geathers (2010), Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker (2009-10), Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13), Jaguars CB Allan Ball (2007-11) and Jaguars OT Sam Young (2010) all worked together at Dallas.
- G Chris Chester (2006-10), Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster (2005-07), and Jaguars Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch (2004-07) all worked together at Baltimore.
- S Ryan Clark, Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard and Jaguars Defensive Backs Coach DeWayne Walker all worked together from 2002-03 at the New York Giants.
- S Ryan Clark (2006-13) played with Jaguars DT Ziggy Hood (2009-13) at Pittsburgh.* *
- Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett worked with Jaguars Running Backs Coach Terry Richardson in 1997 at Pittsburgh.
- G Shawn Lauvao, DE Clifton Geathers, QB Colt McCoy and Jaguars Defensive Quality Control Coach Dan Shamash all worked together in 2010 at Cleveland.
- DE Clifton Geathers (2010), T Tyler Polumbus (2010-11), Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley (2009-12), Jaguars Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch (2010), Jaguars Assistant Offensive line Coach Luke Butkus (2010-11), Jaguars Linebackers Coach Robert Saleh (2009-12) and Jaguars DE Red Bryant (2008-13) all worked together at Seattle.
- WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13), LB Akeem Jordan (2007-13) and Jaguars DE Chris Clemons (2008-09) all played together at Philadelphia.
- WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13), LB Akeem Jordan (2007-13) and Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (2010-12) all played together at Philadelphia.
- LB Gabe Miller and Jaguars QB Ricky Stanzi played together in 2011 at Kansas City.
- LB Gabe Miller, Jaguars LB J.T. Thomas III and Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Bob Babich all worked together in 2012 at Chicago.
- Special Teams Coach Ben Kotwica and Jaguars Defensive Quality Control Coach Dan Shamash worked together in 2008 at the New York Jets.
- CB Tracy Porter worked with Jaguars Special Teams Coordinator Mike Mallory from 2008-12 at New Orleans.
Notable College Connections:
- CB Bashaud Breeland (2010-13), DE Jarvis Jenkins (2007-10), Jaguars DE Andre Branch (2007-11) and Jaguars G Tyler Shatley (2009-13) all played together at Clemson.
- P Tress Way and Jaguars CB Aaron Colvin played together from 2010-12 at Oklahoma.
- WR Leonard Hankerson played with Jaguars G Brandon Linder in 2010 at Miami.
- TE Logan Paulsen and Jaguars Marcedes Lewis played together in 2005 at UCLA.
- WR Pierre Garçon and Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts III played together in 2007 at Mount Union.
- DL Kedric Golston and Jaguars DE Chris Clemons played together in 2002 at Georgia.
- S Bacarri Rambo and Jaguars DT Abry Jones played together from 2009-12 at Georgia.
- RB Silas Redd and Jaguars WR Marqise Lee played together from 2012-2013 at Southern California.
- TE Jordan Reed and Jaguars S Josh Evans played together from 2009-12 at Florida.
- T Morgan Moses (2010-13), Jaguars LB LaRoy Reynolds (2009-13), and Jaguars C Luke Bowanko (2009-13) and Jaguars OT Austin Pasztor (2008-11) all played together at Virginia.
- WR DeSean Jackson (2005-07), LS Nick Sundberg (2005-08), Jaguars FB Will Ta'ufo'ou (2004-07), Jaguars P Bryan Anger (2007-11) and Jaguars DE Tyson Alualu (2006-09) all played together at California.
- LB Keenan Robinson (2008-11), QB Colt McCoy (2005-09), LB Brian Orakpo (2005-08) and Jaguars DT Roy Miller (2005-08) all played together at Texas.