A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans.
With today's game against the Arizona Cardinals now a thing of the past, the Washington Redskins turn their attention to next Sunday's home matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
The day will be much more than your average Week 7 matchup, however, as dozens of Redskins alums are expected to be in attendance for the team's annual Homecoming celebration. Also, at halftime, legendary Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien will be inducted as the 46th member of the team’s Ring Of Fame.
The Titans entered today's action with a 1-4 record, and took on the Jacksonville Jaguars at 1 p.m. at LP Field in Nashville. They opened up their season with a 26-10 upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium before dropping their next four games to the Dallas Cowboys (26-10), Cincinnati Bengals (33-7), Indianapolis Colts (41-17) and the Cleveland Browns (29-28).
The Titans are led by first-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Hired in January, Whisenhunt brings with him 17 years of NFL coaching experience, including six seasons as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Whisenhunt has seen his fair share of successful seasons, leading the Cardinals to a 12-win season and Super Bowl berth in 2008.
This past season as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, the Augusta, Ga., native was selected by the Pro Football Writers of America as the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to today's game against the Jaguars, the Titans were coming off a deflating loss to the Browns in Tennessee in which Cleveland rallied from a 25-point deficit to steal the victory.
The Titans' starting quarterback, Jake Locker, left the game in the second quarter with a right hand injury, and although backup Charlie Whitehurst completed 13-of-21 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns, Tennessee turned the ball over on downs with 3:03 remaining in the game to set up Cleveland's winning score – a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brian Hoyer to wide receiver Travis Benjamin.
Against Cleveland, wide receiver Justin Hunter led the way with 3 catches for 99 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. Free safety Michael Griffin led the defensive charge for the Titans with 14 tackles and a sack.
The Titans entered today's games ranking 20th in the league in total offense (343.2 yards per game) and 23rd in the league in total defense (374.2 yards allowed per game).
They're led offensively by wide receiver Kendall Wright. Now in his third season for the Titans since being selected 20th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Baylor product is coming off of a 1,000-yard receiving performance in 2013.
Off to a slower start this year, Wright has just 223 yards receiving on 25 catches entering this week's action, but is just two weeks removed from a two-touchdown performance in Week 5. A First-Team All American as a senior, Wright has been a chain-mover for the Titans, averaging 8.9 yards per catch and picking up 12 first downs.
Griffin leads the way defensively for the Titans. Returning for his eight consecutive season with the franchise after he was their 19th-overall selection in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Griffin entered today's action leading the team with 37 total tackles.
Roaming the defensive backfield from his free safety position, he's recorded two interceptions and two pass deflections. In Week 5 against the Browns, Griffin made 14 stops, four shy of a career best 18-tackle effort put forth in 2012. A two-time Pro Bowler, Griffin was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2010.
Game notesHere's some more facts and figures from next Sunday's Redskins-Titans matchup at FedExField:
- The game will represent the teams' first meeting since Nov. 21, 2010, a 19-16 Redskins overtime win.
- The Redskins will attempt to even their all-time record against the Titans at 6-6. The Redskins are 5-6 against the Titans' franchise all-time, including a 3-3 record against the Houston Oilers, an 0-1 record against the Tennessee Oilers and a 2-2 record against the Tennessee Titans.
- The Redskins are looking for their first home win against the Titans' franchise since Nov. 3, 1991, a 16-13 win over the Houston Oilers.