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2015 Game Information: Redskins-Cowboys

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Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Cowboys 2015 Week 16 matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.*


REGULAR SEASON WEEK 17WASHINGTON REDSKINS (8-7) at DALLAS COWBOYS (4-11)Sunday, Jan. 3 – 1 p.m. ET
AT&T Stadium (80,000) – Arlington, Texas

The Washington Redskins will conclude regular season play on Sunday when they face the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Week 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

The Redskins earned their 15th division title in team history with a 38-24 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles last week. With eight wins this year, the Redskins exceeded their combined win total from 2013-14 (seven) and completed their second "worst-to-first" turnaround in team history after finishing fourth in the division in 2014.

With the team accomplishment squarely in hand, various members of the Redskins will be able to set their sights on the team record book. Quarterback Kirk Cousins (3,990) enters the week 120 passing yards shy of breaking Jay Schroeder's team record for passing yards in a season (4,109 in 1986). His top target, tight end Jordan Reed (11), is one touchdown away from tying the team record for touchdown receptions in a season (12), set previously four times.

SERIES HISTORY

A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.

— Redskins lead overall series, 83-73-5
— Redskins lead regular season series, 82-73-5
— Redskins lead regular season series, 82-73-5

TELEVISION: FOX— Chris Myers (play-by-play)
— Ronde Barber (color)
— Jennifer Hale (sidelines)

RADIO: Redskins Broadcast Network— Larry Michael (play-by-play)
— Sonny Jurgensen (color)
— Chris Cooley (analysis)
— Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)

THE OPPONENTThe Dallas Cowboys enter Week 17 with a 4-11 record following a Week 16 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Quarterback Kellen Moore assumed the starting role in Week 15 and made his first career start in Week 16. Moore has completed 28-of-56 passes with one touchdown and four interceptions this season.

Running back Darren McFadden has led the Cowboys' rushing attack in his first year in Dallas. This season, McFadden has compiled 227 rushes for 997 yards (4.4 avg.) with three touchdowns.

Tight end Jason Witten leads the Cowboys with 71 receptions for 655 yards (9.2 avg.) with two touchdowns. Wide receiver Cole Beasley has also contributed 47 receptions for 483 yards (10.3 avg.) and is tied with fellow wide receiver Terrance Williams for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns.

Safety Jeff Heath leads the Cowboys secondary with a team-high two interceptions. Linebacker Sean Lee leads the team with 128 tackles (76 solo), and safety Barry Church has contributed 113 tackles (75 solo). Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence leads the Cowboys' pass rush with a team-high 8.0 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Fellow defensive end Greg Hardy has also contributed 6.0 sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Dan Bailey handles the kicking duties for the Cowboys and has converted 30-of-32 field goal attempts and all 22 extra points he has attempted this season. Bailey also has posted 46 touchbacks on 68 kickoffs while averaging 67.6 yards per kickoff. Chris Jones handles punting duties and is averaging 45.1 yards per punt this season.

Rookie wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is the team's primary returner and has returned 17 punts for an average of 6.1 yards per return and 13 kickoffs for an average of 29.4 yards per return. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK• The Redskins entering a Week 17 game with a division title and/or playoff berth already in hand for the first time since 1999.

• The Redskins winning four consecutive games for the first time since winning seven straight to close the 2012 season.

• The Redskins earning three consecutive road victories for the first time since winning their final three road games of the 2012 season.

• The Redskins recording their ninth win of the year to post the 24th nine-win season in team history (the team's first since 2012).

• The Redskins (with a win Sunday) and Cowboys splitting a season series for the 30th time in series' 56-year history.

The best of the Redskins-Cowboys Week 17 game on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at FedExField in Landover, Md.

• The Redskins and Cowboys facing one another in the teams' regular season finale for the third time in the last four seasons. The teams split the prior two meetings, with the eventual division champion winning each matchup (Redskins in 2012, Cowboys in 2014).

• The Redskins improving upon their 4-3 record in regular season finales against Dallas since the adoption of the 16-game schedule in 1978.

• The Redskins earning victories in North Texas in consecutive seasons for the first time since winning three straight road contests against Dallas from 1987-89. The Redskins won in their most recent trip to AT&T Stadium, a 20-17 overtime victory in Week 8 of the 2014 season.

• The Redskins winning their first January regular season game since Week 17 of the 2005 season (Jan. 1, 2006 at Philadelphia). It would snap a three-game losing streak in regular season games played in January.

• The Redskins improving to 4-2 in NFC East play this season, which would be the team's third-best divisional record since divisional realignment in 2002, trailing their 5-1 record in NFC East play in 2005 and 2012.

• The Redskins adding to their team record for completions (367).

• The Redskins (69.4) setting a new team record for completion percentage (66.5, set in 2014).

• The Redskins (69.4) leading the league in completion percentage for the 11th time in team history and the first time since 1970.

• The Redskins (3,804) challenging the team record for net passing yardage in a season (4,349 in 1989).

• The Redskins (26) throwing four touchdown passes to post the fourth 30-touchdown passing season in team history (33 in 1988, 31 in 1967 and 30 in 1991).

• The Redskins (2.1) maintaining the third lowest percentage of passes had intercepted in a season in team history (1.2 in 2008, 1.8 in 2012).

• The Redskins (99.0) gunning for the team record for team passer rating in a season (102.1 in 2012).

• The Redskins (197) gaining 20 passing first downs to tie or 21 passing first downs to break the team record for passing first downs in a season (217 in 1989).

• 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 scoring a two-point conversion to tie the team record for two-point conversions in a season (three in 1994).

• The Redskins scoring 35 points or more in three consecutive games for the first time since a four-game span in Weeks 5-8 of the 1983 season.

• The Redskins tying a team record with a third consecutive game with 400 yards of offense, matching three-game streaks in 1949, 1981-82, 1983 and 2013.

• The Redskins recording five sacks in a third consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 5-7 of the 1992 season.

• The Redskins scoring a defensive touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 7-8 of the 2013 season.

• The Redskins posting back-to-back zero-turnover games for the first time since a three-game streak in Weeks 8-11 of the 2012 season.

• The Redskins posting their fifth three-takeaway game this season, their most since 2012 (six).

• The Redskins, who currently rank fourth in the NFL in fewest yards allowed per kickoff return (19.7), finishing in the Top 5 in the NFL in kickoff coverage for the first time since 2011. The Redskins finished in the Top 5 in the category for six straight seasons from 2006-11.

• Defensive lineman Chris Baker adding to his career highs in sacks (5.0), forced fumbles (three) and fumble recoveries (one).

• Cornerback Will Blackmon (one) recording a new career high for interceptions in a season with his next pick and/or setting a new career high with his next forced fumble (two currently).

• Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (two) surpassing his career high for interceptions in a season (two in 2014) with his next pick.

• Breeland adding to his career highs in passes defensed (15) and forced fumbles (three).

• Breeland posting a forced fumble in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

• Quarterback Kirk Cousins becoming the 12th Redskins quarterback and the first since Jason Campbell in 2009 to start all 16 games in a season since the adoption of the 16-game format in 1978.

• Cousins adding to his franchise records for completions in a season (367) and 300-yard passing games (seven).

• Cousins (69.5) becoming the first member of the Redskins to lead the NFL in completion percentage in a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen in 1970 (59.9).

• Cousins (69.5) maintaining one of the Top 10 single-season completion percentages in NFL history (currently eighth). 

• Cousins setting a team record with his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing game.

• Cousins (three) breaking the team record for games with four touchdown passes in a single season (three, Jurgensen in 1964 and 1967).

• Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback since at least 1960 to record a passer rating of 100.0 or better in six consecutive games.

• Cousins recording his 12th career 300-yard passing game, already third-most in team history.

• Cousins (15) passing Joe Theismann (15 in 1982-83) for sole possession of the second-longest streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass in team history.

• Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in all 16 games of a regular season since the adoption of the 16-game format in 1978.

• Cousins (3,990) recording 10 passing yards to post the third 4,000-yard passing season in team history (Jay Schroeder, 4,109 in 1986; Brad Johnson, 4,005 in 1999).

• Cousins (3,990) accumulating 120 passing yards to break Jay Schroeder's team record for passing yards in a season (4,109 in 1986).

• Cousins (528) throwing 14 passes to break Schroeder's team record for passing attempts in a season (541 in 1986).

• Cousins (44) chasing No. 9 Norm Snead (46) and No. 8 Gus Frerotte (48) on the team's career passing touchdowns list.

• Cousins (26) challenging No. 3t Sonny Jurgensen (28 in 1966), No. 3t Mark Rypien (28 in 1991), No. 2 Joe Theismann (29 in 1983) and No. 1 Jurgensen (31 in 1967) on the team's single-season passing touchdowns list.

• Cousins becoming the first Redskins quarterback to record three consecutive four-touchdown passing games.

• Cousins remaining as one of four NFL quarterbacks to throw a touchdown pass in every game this season (Blake Bortles, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson).

• Cousins (five) scoring two rushing touchdowns to tie Robert Griffin III for the most by a quarterback in a single season in team history (seven in 2012).

• Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (54) recording five receptions to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk (58 in 1980) for second-most receptions by a rookie in team history.

• 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).

• Wide receiver Pierre Garçon recording a touchdown reception in three consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 12-14 of the 2012 season.

• Garçon (five) tying his career high (six in 2010 and 2011) with his next touchdown reception.

• 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).

• Defensive back 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 (five) returning a fumble for a touchdown to tie Jason Taylor's NFL record (six). Hall's five career fumble return touchdowns are currently tied for second in NFL history with Jessie Tuggle.

• Hall (three with Washington) returning another fumble for a touchdown to break the team record for career fumble return touchdowns (three by Chris Hanburger and Brad Dusek).

• Hall tying the team record for fumble return touchdowns in a single season (two, Harold McPhail in 1934).

• Kicker Dustin Hopkins (104) scoring 14 points to enter the Top 10 in points in a single season in team history.

• 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 (24) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (25) for fourth in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more in the NFL since the 1970 merger.

• Jackson (20) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown to tie Devin Hester (21) for second-most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history.

• Jackson improving upon his 33 career regular season receptions of 50 yards or more, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008.

• Defensive end Ricky Jean Francois posting a sack in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.

• 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 (8.5) continuing his 2015 season as one of only five NFL players since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 to record at least 7.5 sacks in each of his first five seasons (Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White).

• Kerrigan recording 1.5 sacks to become the fifth member of the Redskins since 1982 to record multiple seasons with double-digit sacks (Dexter Manley, 4; Charles Mann, 4; Andre Carter, 2; Brian Orakpo, 2).

• Kerrigan (8.5) becoming the first member of the Redskins to post consecutive 10-sack seasons since Dexter Manley and Charles Mann both accomplished the feat across the 1985-86 seasons.

• Kerrigan forcing a fumble to improve upon his 17 career forced fumbles, the most by a member of the Redskins since 1994.

• Running back Alfred Morris registering his 13th career 100-yard rushing game to pass Earnest Byner, George Rogers and Terry Allen (12) for sole possession of fifth-most 100-yard rushing games in team history.

• Morris (29) scoring a rushing touchdown to become the seventh player in Redskins history to record 30 career rushing touchdowns.

• Morris (29) rushing for two touchdowns to tie George Rogers (31) for sixth-most in Redskins history.

• Morris (29) becoming the 19th active NFL player to reach 30 career rushing touchdowns.

• Linebacker Trent Murphy adding to his career-high 3.5 sacks this season.

• Tight end Jordan Reed contributing to his career highs in receptions (83), receiving yards (907) and receiving touchdowns (11).

• Reed (83) taking sole possession of the team record for receptions by a tight end in a single season (83, Chris Cooley in 2008) with his next catch.

• Reed (907) adding to his team record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season.

• Reed (907) gaining 93 receiving yards to record the 29th 1,000-yard receiving season in team history.

• Reed (907) becoming the first tight end in team history to post 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

• Reed (11) catching one touchdown to tie or two touchdowns to break the team record for receiving touchdowns in a season (12), set four times previously (Hugh Taylor in 1952, Charley Taylor in 1966, Jerry Smith in 1967 and Ricky Sanders in 1988).

• Reed catching two touchdown passes to become the first member of the Redskins to post three consecutive games with two touchdown receptions.

• Reed posting his fifth game with multiple touchdown receptions in a single season, the most by a member of the Redskins since at least 1960. Reed's four multi-touchdown games are currently tied with Smith (four in 1967) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell (four in 1962).

• Reed recording a receiving touchdown in four consecutive games for the first time in his career.

• Reed holding onto his team lead in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns to become the first tight end to lead the Redskins in all three categories in a single season since Jean Fugett in 1977.

• Reed becoming the first tight end to lead the Redskins in receptions since 2008 (Cooley), the first tight end to lead the Redskins in receiving yards since 1977 (Fugett) and the first tight end to lead the Redskins in receiving touchdowns since 2009 (Fred Davis).

• Reed posting his fifth career 100-yard receiving game, which trails only Smith among tight ends in team history (seven).

• Rashad Ross (one) returning a kickoff for touchdown to tie Eddie Saenz' franchise record for kickoff return touchdowns in a single season (two in 1947).

• 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 Preston Smith recording a sack in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.

• Smith recording three sacks to become only the second member of the Redskins since sacks became official in 1982 to record multiple three-sack games in a single season (two, Dexter Manley in 1986).

• Smith becoming the first member of the Redskins to record three sacks in consecutive games.

• Smith (7.0) chasing No. 2 Ryan Kerrigan (7.5 in 2011) and No. 1 Brian Orakpo (11.0 in 2009) on the team's leaderboard for sacks in a rookie season since 1982.

• Smith (7.0), the NFL's current rookie sack leader, becoming the first member of the Redskins to lead all NFL rookies in sacks since Orakpo in 2009.

• Running back Chris Thompson adding to his career-high two receiving touchdowns this season.

• Thompson scoring a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

A WIN WOULD…... guarantee the Redskins' 39th winning record in a season in team history.

... be the Redskins' ninth win of the year to secure the 24th nine-win season in team history (first since 2012).

Check out the headshots of the 2015 NFC East Division champion Washington Redskins players, coaches and front office staff.

... give the Redskins four consecutive wins for the first time since winning seven straight to close the 2012 season.

... represent three consecutive road victories for the first time since winning the final three road games of the 2012 season.

... split a season series between the Redskins and Cowboys for the 30th time in series' 56-year history.

... improve the Redskins' record in regular season finales against Dallas to 5-3 since the adoption of the 16-game schedule in 1978.

... give the Redskins victories in North Texas in consecutive seasons for the first time since winning three straight road contests against Dallas from 1987-89. The Redskins won in their most recent trip to AT&T Stadium, a 20-17 overtime victory in Week 8 of the 2014 season.

... be the Redskins' first January regular season win since Week 17 of the 2005 season (Jan. 1, 2006 at Philadephia) and snap a three-game losing streak in regular season games played in January.

... push the Redskins to 4-2 in NFC East play this season, which would be the team's third-best divisional record since divisional alignment in 2002 (5-1 in NFC East play in 2005 and 2012).

... be the Redskins' 601st all-time victory, including postseason play.

REDSKINS-COWBOYS CONNECTIONSFormer Cowboys on Redskins:

  • Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2012-14)
  • Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13)
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning/Skill Development Coach Joe Kim (1998)
  • DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13)
  • DE Frank Kearse (2013)

Former Redskins on Cowboys:

  • Tight Ends Coach Michael Pope (1997-99)
  • 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.)

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 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)
  • QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor)
  • G Josh LeRibeus (SMU)
  • QB Colt McCoy (Texas)
  • T Ty Nsekhe (Texas State)
  • CB Dashaun Phillips (Tarleton 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) TE Alex Smith (2005-08), Garrett (2004), Cowboys Safeties Coach Joe Baker (2009-11), Cowboys Defensive Coordinator 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 DE Greg Hardy (2010-14) and Cowboys G Mackenzy Bernadeau (2008-11) played together in Carolina in 2011.

CB DeAngelo Hall (2008) and Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (2008-14) played together in Oakland in 2008. * C Brian De la Puente (2014), Cowboys CB Terrance Mitchell (2014-15) 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 QB Kellen Moore (2007-11), Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford (2010-11) and Cowboys 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), P Tress Way (2008-12), Cowboys DT Casey Walker (2009-12) and Cowboys TE James Hanna (2008-11) played together at Oklahoma in 2009.
  • DE Ricky Jean Francois (2005-08), LB Perry Riley, Jr. (2006-09) and Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (2009-11) and S Danny McCray (2006-09) played together at LSU.
  • Defensive Quality Control Coach Aubrey Pleasant (2005-08) and Cowboys DT Nick Hayden (2004-07) played together at Wisconsin from 2005-07.

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