Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Cowboys 2015 Week 13 matchup at FedExField in Landover, Md.
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 13WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-6) vs. DALLAS COWBOYS (3-8)
Monday, Dec. 7 – 8:30 p.m.
FedExField (82,000) – Landover, Md.
The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys will renew their rivalry at FedExField when the teams square off for a nationally televised tilt on Monday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. This season marks the first time since 1999 the Redskins will enter December leading the NFC East.
The Redskins are in the midst of their longest home winning streak in FedExField history (five games). Quarterback Kirk Cousins has completed 127-of-167 passes for 1,436 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 121.2 in the team's five home wins this year.
This week's installment of one of the NFL's most storied rivalries will also make history for one of the league's institutions. The game will mark the 17th all-time meeting between the Redskins and Cowboys on Monday Night Football, tying the Broncos and Raiders for the most-played matchup in MNF history. Last season, the Redskins earned a dramatic 20-17 overtime win against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, evening the teams' all-time Monday night record against one another at 8-8.
SERIES HISTORY— Cowboys lead overall series, 65-43-2
A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.
— Giants lead regular season series, 65-41-2
— Last meeting: Dec. 28, 2014 (44-17
TELEVISION: ESPN— Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
— Jon Gruden (color)
— Lisa Salters (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Broadcast Network— Larry Michael (play-by-play)
— Sonny Jurgensen (color)
— Chris Cooley (analysis)
— Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
Westwood One Sports— Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
— Boomer Esiason (color)
— Ross Tucker (sidelines)
THE OPPONENTThe Dallas Cowboys enter Week 13 with a 3-8 record following a Week 12 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The 2015 season marks the team's fifth under Head Coach Jason Garrett.
With starting quarterback Tony Romo now expected to be out for the season, quarterback Matt Cassel leads the team's passing attack after having completed 87-of-138 passes (63.0 percent) with five touchdowns and five interceptions this season.
In his first year with the team, running back Darren McFadden has led the Cowboys in rushing, gaining 634 yards on 169 carries (3.8 avg.) with two touchdowns.
Tight end Jason Witten leads the Cowboys in receptions (55) and receiving yards (508) with two touchdowns. Wide receiver Cole Beasley has also contributed 39 receptions for 392 yards (10.1 avg.) and is tied with fellow receiver Terrance Williams with three receiving touchdowns.
Safety Jeff Heath leads the Cowboys' secondary with a team-high two interceptions. Linebacker Sean Lee leads the team with 81 tackles (48 solo) and safety Barry Church has also contributed 78 tackles (50 solo). Defensive end Greg Hardy has recorded a team-high 4.5 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and five tackles for loss.
Dan Bailey handles the kicking duties for the Cowboys and has converted 21-of-22 field goal attempts and all 19 extra points attempts. Bailey has also registered 42 touchbacks in 52 kickoffs while averaging 64.6 yards per kickoff. Punter Chris Jones is averaging 45.8 yards per punt this season.
Beasley has handled punt return duties and has returned 11 punts for 64 yards (5.8 avg.). Rookie wide receiver Lucky Whitehead has taken over kickoff return duties for injured running back Lance Dunbar. Whitehead has returned four kickoffs for 144 yards (36.0 avg.).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK• The Redskins entering December with the NFC East lead for the first time since 1999.
• The Redskins extending a regular season home winning streak to six games for the first time since winning their first six home games in Weeks 1-11 in the team's Super Bowl title season in 1991.
• The Redskins improving to 6-1 through their first six home games in a season for the first time since 1992.
• The Redskins winning three consecutive games against NFC East opponents for the first time since a five-game divisional winning streak in 2012.
• The Redskins pushing their record in NFC East play this season to 3-1.
• The Redskins appearing on Monday Night Football for the 66th time in team history.
• The Redskins and Cowboys facing one another on Monday Night Football for the 17th time, tying the Broncos and Raiders for the most-played matchup in Monday Night Football history.
• The Redskins improving their Monday night record against the Cowboys to 9-8 with a win.
• The Redskins earning consecutive Monday night wins against Dallas for the first time since earning wins in the 1993 and 1997 seasons. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys, 20-17, in overtime on Monday Night Football last season.
• The Redskins earning consecutive Monday night wins for the first time since earning two Monday night victories during the 1991 season.
• The Redskins evening their all-time record in Monday Night Football home games at 18-18.
• The Redskins recording their first home Monday night win against any opponent since Dec. 3, 2012 against the New York Giants.
• The Redskins earning their first home Monday night win against Dallas since Oct. 13, 1997.
• The Redskins evening their all-time home record against the Cowboys at 29-29, including postseason play, dating back to the teams' first meeting at Griffith Stadium on Oct. 9, 1960.
• The Redskins recording three takeaways in consecutive games for the second time this season (Weeks 5-6). It would be the team's fourth three-takeaway game this season, its most since 2012 (six).
• The Redskins intercepting three passes in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 3-4 in 1996.
• The Redskins adding to their six multiple-takeaway games this season, the team's most through the first 11 games of a season since 2012 (eight).
• The Redskins posting zero turnovers in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 8-11 in 2012.
• The Redskins allowing zero sacks in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 3-4 of 2006.
• The Redskins repeating their strong performance as a run defense a week after limiting the Giants to 33 rushing yards, the fewest rushing yards allowed by the Redskins since Dec. 22, 1990 at Indianapolis.
• The Redskins setting a franchise record with their third kickoff return touchdown this season. The 2015 Redskins have already tied a team record with two kickoff return touchdowns (2005, 1947, 1942).
• The Redskins recording a kickoff return or punt return for a touchdown to give them their third combined special teams return for touchdown in a season for the first time since 1955 (two punt return touchdowns, one kick return touchdown).
• The Redskins maintaining their 17 sacks allowed through 11 games, the team's fewest in the first 10 games of a season since 2007 (17).
• The Redskins throwing for 300 yards in a fourth consecutive home game for the first time in team history.
• The Redskins scoring two more two-point conversions to tie the team record for two-point conversions in a season (three in 1994).
• Defensive lineman Chris Baker adding to his career highs in sacks (5.0), forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (one).
• Baker recording a sack in consecutive games for the second time this season (Weeks 4-5).
• Cornerback Will Blackmon (one) recording a new career high for interceptions in a season with his next pick.
• Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (two) surpassing his career high for interceptions in a season (two in 2014) with his next pick.
• Breeland recovering a fumble to become the first Redskins defender to recover three opponent fumbles in a season since linebacker London Fletcher in 2010.
• Quarterback Kirk Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback in team history to throw for 300 yards in four consecutive regular season home games.
• Cousins recording consecutive 300-yard passing games for the first time in his career.
• Cousins adding another 300-yard passing performance to his career-high four 300-yard games this season.
• Cousins throwing for 300 yards to tie a team record with five 300-yard passing games in a single season (Sonny Jurgensen in 1967, Jay Schroeder in 1986 and Mark Rypien in 1989).
• Cousins engineering another fourth-quarter comeback victory to become the first Redskins quarterback with three such victories in a season since Robert Griffin III in 2012.
• Cousins (34) chasing No. 13 Brad Johnson (35) and No. 12 Mark Brunell (38) on the team's all-time leaderboard for passing touchdowns.
• Cousins extending his career-best streak of 11 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
• Cousins throwing a touchdown to become the first Redskins quarterback to record a touchdown pass in each of the first 12 games of a season since Jurgensen in 1967.
• Cousins (16) throwing four touchdowns to post the 22nd season with 20 passing touchdowns by a quarterback in team history.
• Cousins passing for 213 yards to post the 22nd 3,000-yard season in team history.
• Cousins (508) completing 34 passes to tie Brunell (542) for 10th-most pass completions in team history.
• Cousins (268) entering the Top 10 in completions in a single season in team history with eight or more completions this week.
• Cousins completing 30 passes to add to his team record for 30-completion games in a season (three).
• Cousins rushing for a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
• Wide receiver Jamison Crowder becoming the first Redskins wide receiver since Rod Gardner (four in 2001) to record multiple receiving touchdowns as a rookie (does not include backs and tight ends).
Redskins rookie to pick off a pass in consecutive games since Carlos Rogers in Weeks 11-12 of 2005.
• Wide receiver Pierre Garçon (274) chasing Michael Westbrook (277) for ninth on the team's all-time receptions list.
• Safety Dashon Goldson returning another interception for a touchdown to become the seventh member of the Redskins to record two interception return touchdowns in a single season (DeAngelo Hall in 2013, Andre Collins in 1994, Vernon Dean in 1984, Dale Hackbart in 1961, Dan Sandifer in 1948 and Pug Rentner in 1936).
• 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 (43) picking off two passes to join Charles Woodson as the only active players to reach 45 career interceptions.
• 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.
• Kicker Dustin Hopkins converting a field goal attempt of 50 yards or longer to become the seventh Redskins kicker since the 1970 merger to record three 50-plus-yard field goals in a single season and the first since Graham Gano (four) in 2011.
• Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (23) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (24) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger.
• Jackson (19) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Bobby Mitchell and Devin Hester (20) for second-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history.
• Jackson improving upon his 32 career regular season receptions of 50 yards or more, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008.
• Jackson recording a 50-yard touchdown in three consecutive weeks for the first time since Weeks 14-16 in 2009.
• Running back Matt Jones becoming the first Redskins running back to record two 100-yard receiving performances in a single season since Dick James in 1962.
• Jones (one) joining James (two), Craig McEwen (two) and Larry Brown (two) as the only Redskins running backs since 1950 with multiple 100-yard receiving games in their Redskins careers.
• Jones scoring another receiving touchdown to become the first Redskins running back with two receiving touchdowns during his rookie season since Keiland Williams (two) in 2010.
• Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recording a sack in three consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 12-16 last season.
• Kerrigan posting multiple sacks in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
• Kerrigan forcing a fumble to improve upon his 16 career forced fumbles, the most by a member of the Redskins since 1994.
• Kerrigan (16) forcing two fumbles to tie Charles Tillman (18) for the most by any player since Kerrigan entered the league in 2011.
• Running back Alfred Morris (1,011) chasing Terry Allen (1,043) for the fifth-most rushing attempts in team history.
• Morris registering his 13th career 100-yard rushing game to pass Byner, George Rogers and Terry Allen (12) for sole possession of fifth-most 100-yard rushing games in team history.
• Morris (28) scoring two rushing touchdowns to become the seventh player in Redskins history to record 30 career rushing touchdowns.
• Linebacker Trent Murphy (1.5) recording a sack to match his career high (2.5 in 2014).
• Tight end Jordan Reed adding to his career highs in receptions (55), receiving yards (541) and receiving touchdowns (six).
• Reed posting his third game with multiple touchdown receptions to become the first Redskins tight end since Jerry Smith (four in 1967) to record two or more touchdowns in at least three games in a season.
• Andre Roberts or Rashad Ross (one each) returning a kickoff for touchdown to tie Eddie Saenz' franchise record for kickoff return touchdowns in a single season (two in 1947).
• Roberts or Ross recording his second kickoff return touchdown to tie the team record for career kickoff return touchdowns. Andy Farkas (1938-44), Eddie Saenz (1946-51), Bobby Mitchell (1962-68) and Brian Mitchell (1990-99) are tied for the franchise lead with two each.
• Linebacker Perry Riley Jr. adding to his career-high two interceptions this season.
A WIN WOULD…... mark the Redskins' first six-game home winning streak since team's most recent Super Bowl title season in 1991.
... improve the Redskins to 6-1 at home this season, which would be their first 6-1 record through seven home games in a season for the first time since 1992.
... represent wins in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 7-8 last season.
... be the Redskins' 598th all-time victory, including postseason play.
... improve the Redskins to 3-1 in NFC East play this season.
... represent wins against three consecutive NFC East opponents for the first time since 2012.
... push the Redskins' Monday night record against the Cowboys to 9-8.
... give the Redskins consecutive Monday night wins against Dallas for the first time since earning wins in the 1993 and 1997 seasons.
... represent wins in consecutive Monday night wins for the first time since earning two Monday night victories during the 1991 season.
... even the Redskins' all-time record in Monday Night Football home games at 18-18.
REDSKINS-COWBOYS CONNECTIONSFormer Cowboys on Redskins:
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2012-14)
- Assistant Strength and Conditioning/Skill Development Coach Joe Kim (1998)
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13)
- DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13)
Former Redskins on Cowboys:
- Tight Ends Coach Michael Pope (1997-99)
Redskins from Texas:
- Tight End Coach Wes Phillips (Houston)
- WR Ryan Grant (Beaumont)
- QB Robert Griffin III (Copperas Cove)
- K Dustin Hopkins (Houston)
- G Josh LeRibeus (Richardson)
- QB Colt McCoy (Tuscola)
- T Ty Nsekhe (Arlington)
- CB Dashaun Phillips (Duncanville)
- LB Keenan Robinson (Plano)
- T Trent Williams (Longview)
Cowboys from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack (Camp Springs, Md.)
- Secondary Coach Jerome Henderson (Portsmouth, Va.)
- Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mike Woicik (Baltimore, Md.)
Cowboys who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Wide Receivers Coach Derek Dooley (Virginia)
Redskins who went to college in Texas:
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (UTEP)
- CB Deshazor Everett (Texas A&M)
A countdown of the top-10 images of quarterback Robert Griffin III during the 2014 season.
QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor) * G Josh LeRibeus (SMU) * QB Colt McCoy (Texas) * T Ty Nsekhe (Texas State) * LB Keenan Robinson (Texas)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Head Coach Jay Gruden (Barcelona Dragons/Sacramento Surge) and Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett (San Antonio Riders) each played quarterback in the World League of American Football in 1991.
- Gruden (2002-08), Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay (2008), Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry (2001-06, 2009), Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (2005-08, Player-WR), Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly (2004-08), Garrett (2004), Cowboys Safeties Coach Joe Baker (2009-11), Cowboys Defensive Coordiantor Rod Marinelli (1996-05) and Cowboys Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia (2002-10) were all members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan (1998-2002, Player-RB) and Cowboys Quarterbacks Coach Wade Wilson (1998-99, Player-QB) played together in Oakland from 1998-99.
- Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (2007-13) held various positions with the New York Jets when Cowboys Secondary Coach Jerome Henderson (2007-08) served as the Assistant Defensive Backs Coach and Defensive Backs Coach respectively.
- QB Colt McCoy (2010-12) was coached by Cowboys Defensive End Coach Ben Bloom (2010), Cowboys Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus (2009-10), Cowboys Secondary Coach Jerome Henderson (2009-11) and Cowboys Running Backs Coach Gary Brown (2009-12) in Cleveland in 2010.
- DE Frank Kearse (2011-13), Cowboys DT Nick Hayden (2008-10) and Cowboys G Mackenzy Bernadeau (2008-11) and Cowboys DE Greg Hardy (2010-14) played together in Carolina.
A look back at some of Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall's interceptions through the years.
CB DeAngelo Hall (2008) and Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (2008-14) played together in Oakland in 2008. Also, TE Derek Carrier (2012) and Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (2010-12) played with McFadden in Oakland in 2012. * DE Stephen Paea (2011-14), C Brian De la Puente (2014) and Cowboys S Danny McCray (2014) played together in Chicago in 2014. * NT Terrance Knighton (2009-12) and Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey (2006-13) played together in Jacksonville from 2009-12. * S Jeron Johnson (2011-14) and Cowboys RB Robert Turbin (2012-14) played together in Seattle from 2012-14.
Notable College Connections:
- G Brandon Scherff (2011-14) and Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (2010-13) played together at Iowa from 2011-13.
- S Jeron Johnson (2007-10), Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford (2010-11) and DE DeMarcus Lawrence (2010-13) played together at Boise State in 2010.
- G Spencer Long (2009-13) and Cowboys DE Randy Gregory (2013-14) played together at Nebraska in 2013.
- QB Robert Griffin III (2008-11) played with Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (2009-12) at Baylor from 2009-11.
- G Josh LeRibeus (2007-10) and Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (2008-11) played together at SMU from 2008-10.
- T Trent Williams (2006-09) and Cowboys TE James Hanna (2008-11) played together at Oklahoma form 2008-09.
- DE Ricky Jean Francois (2005-08), LB Perry Riley Jr. (2006-09) and Cowboys S Danny McCray (2006-09) played together at LSU from 2006-08.
- Defensive Quality Control Coach Aubrey Pleasant (2005-08) and Cowboys DT Nick Hayden (2004-07) played together at Wisconsin from 2005-07.