Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Saturday's Redskins-Eagles 2015 Week 16 matchup at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.*
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 16WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-7) at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (6-8)Saturday, Dec. 26 – 8:25 p.m ET
Lincoln Financial Field (69,596) – Philadelphia
The race for the NFC East will be squarely in the national spotlight Saturday night, as the Washington Redskins face the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:25 p.m.
The situation is simple for the Redskins: Win and they're in. Following last week's 35-25 victory against the Buffalo Bills, the Redskins stand alone in first place in the NFC East with a 7-7 record this season. A win on Saturday would clinch the team's 15th division title in franchise history. It would also mark the second "worst-to-first" turnaround in team history (2012).
While the immediate rewards for a victory are front and center, a win this week would also come with some important historical context. The Redskins' all-time record including postseason play currently stands at 599-583-27. With their next win, the Redskins can become the fifth franchise in NFL history to record 600 wins all-time, joining the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.
SERIES HISTORY— Redskins lead overall series, 83-73-5
— Redskins lead regular season series, 82-73-5
A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
— Last meeting: Oct. 4, 2015 (23-20 WAS)
TELEVISION: NFL Network/WUSA9— Ian Eagle (play-by-play)
— Trent Green (color)
— Evan Washburn (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Broadcast Network— Larry Michael (play-by-play)*— Sonny Jurgensen (color) — Chris Cooley (analysis) *— Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
Westwood One Sports— Scott Graham (play-by-play)* *— Mike Mayock (color)
THE OPPONENTThe Philadelphia Eagles enter Week 16 with a 6-8 record after losing to the Arizona Cardinals, 40-17, last week. Last year, the Eagles finished second in the NFC East with a 10-6 record. This season is the team's third under head coach Chip Kelly.
Quarterback Sam Bradford leads the team in passing in his first year with the team after being acquired via trade in the offseason. Bradford has completed 279-of-438 passes for 3,025 yards with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Running back DeMarco Murray is the team's leading rusher in his first season with the team. Murray has recorded a team-high 176 carries for 606 yards (3.4 avg.) with four rushing touchdowns. Running back Ryan Mathews has also contributed on the ground, recording 98 carries for 523 yards with a team-high five rushing touchdowns.
Second-year wide receiver Jordan Matthews leads the Eagles' receiving corps in receptions (72), receiving yards (839) and touchdown receptions (five). Tight end Zach Ertz has added 579 yards on 53 receptions.
Safety Walter Thurmond III leads Philadelphia with three interceptions in addition to his 70 total tackles (51 solo). Safety Malcolm Jenkins leads the team with 89 total tackles (73 solo) through 14 games. Defensive end Fletcher Cox has posted a team-high 7.5 sacks among his 56 total tackles (39 solo) this season.
The Eagles signed kicker Caleb Sturgis prior to Week 4 and he has converted 17-of-21 field goals and 27-of-29 extra points. Veteran punter Donnie Jones has handled all punting duties and has averaged 47.5 yards on 76 punts.
Running back Darren Sproles has handled punt return duties for the Eagles and has returned 36 punts for 446 yards (12.4 avg.) including two returned for touchdowns. Wide receiver Josh Huff has handled kickoff return duties most of the season and has recorded 18 returns for 418 yards (23.2 avg.).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK• The Redskins winning their 600th game in team history, including postseason play. Washington would be the fifth NFL franchise to reach the 600-win mark (Bears, Packers, Giants and Steelers).
• The Redskins clinching their 15th division title in team history.
• The Redskins earning their 24th playoff berth in team history.
• The Redskins completing their second "worst-to-first" one-season turnaround in team history (2012). The Redskins finished last in the NFC East in 2014 with a 4-12 record.
• The Redskins earning Week 16 victory to have a playoff berth already in hand prior to Week 17 for the first time since 1999.
• The Redskins becoming the only team to win the NFC East twice in the last five seasons.
• Head Coach Jay Gruden becoming the sixth coach in team history to lead the Redskins to a playoff berth within the first two years of a tenure (Ray Flaherty, Dutch Bergman, Dudley DeGroot, George Allen and Joe Gibbs).
• The Redskins winning three consecutive games for the first time since winning seven straight to close the 2012 season.
• The Redskins earning back-to-back road victories for the first time since winning their final three road games of the 2012 season.
• The Redskins pushing their season record above .500 in December for the first time since 2012.
• The Redskins and Eagles meeting for the 162nd time, including postseason play. The Eagles are the Redskins' second-most-played opponent.
• The Redskins adding to their 83 all-time wins against the Eagles, including postseason play, their most against any opponent.
• The Redskins and Eagles facing one another on a Saturday night in Week 16 in consecutive seasons. The Redskins earned a 27-24 victory against the Eagles on a Week 16 Saturday night at FedExField in 2014.
• The Redskins pushing their all-time Saturday record to 25-24, including postseason play.
• The Redskins winning consecutive Saturday games for the first time since winning three straight across the 2004-06 seasons (Week 15 in 2004, Week 16 and NFC Wild Card Round in 2005).
• The Redskins sweeping a season series with the Eagles for the first time since 2012 and for the fourth time since the turn of the century (2005, 2008 and 2012).
• The Redskins defeating the Eagles in three consecutive games for the first time since winning four straight against Philadelphia across the 1985-87 seasons.
• The Redskins improving to 3-2 in NFC East play this season.
• The Redskins pushing their all-time road record in Philadelphia to 41-38-2.
• The Redskins' offense gaining 194 yards to exceed 5,000 yards for an 11th straight season, adding to the longest streak in team history.
• The Redskins (336) completing 29 passes to break the team record for completions in a season set last year (364).
• The Redskins maintaining their 69.6 completion percentage, which is on pace to finish as the best in team history (66.5 in 2014).
• The Redskins scoring a touchdown on their opening drive for a third consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 13-15 of the 2004 season.
• The Redskins posting their fifth three-takeaway game this season, their most since 2012 (six).
• 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 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 (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 (14) setting a new career high with his next pass defensed (14 in 2014).
• Breeland recovering a fumble to become the first Redskins defender to recover three opponent fumbles in a season since linebacker London Fletcher in 2010.
Check out behind the scenes images of quarterback Kirk Cousins' 2015 Photo Shoot.
• Quarterback Kirk Cousins adding to his franchise records for completions in a season (336) and 300-yard passing games (six).
• Cousins recording his 11th career 300-yard passing game to pass Mark Rypien for sole possession of third-most in team history.
• Cousins (14) tying Joe Theismann (15 in 1982-83) for 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 each of the first 15 games of a regular season since the adoption of the 16-game format in 1978.
• 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 (3,625) accumulating 485 passing yards to break Jay Schroeder's team record for passing yards in a season (4,109 in 1986).
• Cousins (482) throwing 18 passes to mark the seventh 500-attempt season in team history.
• Cousins (40) throwing a touchdown to break a tie with Griffin (40) for 10th place on the Redskins' career passing touchdowns list.
• Cousins (22) passing for three touchdowns to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh (25 in 1957) for fifth-most in a season in team history. It would mark the sixth 25-touchdown passing season by a Redskins quarterback in franchise history.
• 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 Griffin for the most by a quarterback in a single season in team history (seven in 2012).
• Cousins posting a passer rating of 100.0 or better in a fifth consecutive game for the first time in his career. He would become the second Redskins quarterback since 1960 to post a passer rating of 100.0 or better in five consecutive games (Griffin, five games in 2012).
• Cousins throwing four touchdown passes to become the first Redskins quarterback since 2012 to post back-to-back four touchdown games (Griffin, Weeks 10-11).
• Cousins recording a third game this season with four passing touchdowns to tie Sonny Jurgensen (three in 1964 and 1967) for the most in a single season in team history.
• Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (52) recording one reception to tie or two receptions to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Taylor (53 in 1964) for third-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 consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 6-7 last year.
• 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 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 (98) scoring two points to post the 25th 100-point 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 scoring a 60-yard touchdown in back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 5-6 last season.
• 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.
• Jackson adding to the nine receptions for 243 yards (27.0 avg.) he posted in two games against his former team last season.
• 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 a sack in three consecutive games for the first time since a five-game streak in Weeks 12-16 last season.
• 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 (1,042) passing Terry Allen (1,043) for the fifth-most rushing attempts in team history.
• 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.
• Tight end Jordan Reed adding to his career highs in receptions (74), receiving yards (778) and receiving touchdowns (nine).
• Reed (74) recording 10 receptions to break the team record for receptions by a tight end in a single season (83, Chris Cooley in 2008).
• Reed (nine) catching his 10th receiving touchdown of the season, which would be the eighth 10-touchdown receiving season in team history and the first since Gary Clark (10) in 1991.
• Reed (nine) scoring a receiving touchdown to move into sole possession of second-most receiving touchdowns in a season by a Redskins tight end and join Jerry Smith (12 in 1967) as the only Redskins tight ends to record 10 touchdowns in a season.
• Reed (778) gaining 72 receiving yards to break the franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end in a single season (849), set previously three times (Smith in 1967, Cooley in 2008 and 2010).
• Reed recording a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 7-10.
• Reed posting his fourth game with multiple touchdown receptions to tie Smith (four in 1967) for the most multi-touchdown games in a single season by a Redskins tight end in team history.
• Reed catching two touchdown passes to become the third member of the Redskins since 1960 to post consecutive games with two touchdown receptions in a single season (Smith in 1967, Bobby Mitchell in 1962).
• Reed posting his fourth 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.
A WIN WOULD…... make the Redskins the fifth franchise in NFL history to reach 600 wins all-time, including postseason play.
... clinch the Redskins' 15th division title and 24th playoff berth in team history.
... seal the Redskins' first NFC East title since 2012 and make them the only NFC East team to win two division titles in the last five years.
... represent the Redskins' second "worst-to-first" turnaround in team history (2012).
... guarantee a final regular season winning percentage of .500 or better for the first time since 2012.
... make Jay Gruden the sixth coach in team history to lead the Redskins to a playoff berth within the first two years of a tenure (Ray Flaherty, Dutch Bergman, Dudley DeGroot, George Allen and Joe Gibbs).
... represent Washington's first three-game winning streak since winning seven straight to close the 2012 season.
... give the Redskins back-to-back road victories for the first time since winning their final three road games of the 2012 season.
...add to the Redskins' 83 all-time wins against the Eagles, including postseason play, their most against any opponent.
... push the Redskins' all-time Saturday record including postseason play to 25-24.
... mark consecutive wins in Saturday games for the Redskins for the first time since winning three straight across the 2004-06 seasons (Week 15 in 2004, Week 16 in 2005 and NFC Wild Card Round in 2006).
... sweep the Redskins' season series with the Eagles for the first time since 2012 and for the fourth time since the turn of the century (2005, 2008 and 2012).
... give the Redskins a three-game winning streak against the Eagles for the first time since winning four straight against Philadelphia across the 1985-87 seasons.
... move the Redskins' all-time road record in Philadelphia to 41-38-2.
REDSKINS-EAGLES CONNECTIONSFormer Eagles on Redskins:
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (1995-97)
- Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh (1986-89, QB)
- Special Projects/Assistant Special Teams Coach Bret Munsey (2013, National Scout)
- WR DeSean Jackson (2008-13)
- TE Alex Smith (2009)
Former Redskins on Eagles:
- CB E.J. Biggers (2013-14)
Eagles from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- S Ed Reynolds (Woodberry Forest, Va.)
Redskins from Pennsylvania:
- S Kyshoen Jarrett (East Stroudsburg)
Redskins who went to college in Pennsylvania:
- DL Chris Baker (Penn State, later transferred to Hampton)
- NT Terrance Knighton (Temple)
- FB Darrel Young (Villanova)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Eagles Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur (2011-12) coached QB Colt McCoy (2010-12) and TE Alex Smith (2010-12) in Cleveland from 2011-12. Shurmur served as the Head Coach.
- Eagles Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis (2007-10) coached WR Andre Roberts (2010-13) in Arizona in 2010. He served as the Linebackers Coach and then the Defensive Coordinator during his time there.
- Davis (2004) coached Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (1997-2004, WR-Player) when both were members of the New York Giants in 2004. Davis served as the Linebackers Coach there.
- Hilliard (2011) worked with Eagles Special Teams Coordinator Dave Fipp (2011-12) in Miami in 2011. Hilliard served as the Assistant Wide Receivers Coach and Fipp served as the Assistant Special Teams Coach.
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach Shane Day (2007-09) and Fipp (2008-10) worked together in San Francisco from 2008-09. Day was the Offensive Quality Control Coach and Fipp was the Assistant Special Teams Coach.
- Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (2007-13) coached Eagles QB Mark Sanchez (2009-13) when both were with the New York Jets from 2009-13. Kotwica served in various special teams coaching positions. Quarterabcks Coach Matt Cavanaugh served as Sanchez's offensive coordinator for the Jets from 2009-12.
Check out images of veteran defensive end Jason Hatcher during the 2015 offseason.
DE Jason Hatcher (2006-13) and Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (2011-14) played together in Dallas from 2011-13. * K Dustin Hopkins (2013) and Eagles LB Kiko Alonso (2013-14) played together in Buffalo in 2013. * S Jeron Johnson (2011-14), Eagles CB Byron Maxwell (2011-14), Eagles DB Walter Thurmond III (2010-13), Eagles S Chris Maragos (2011-13) and Eagles G/T Allen Barbre (2010-11) played together in Seattle in 2011. * CB Will Blackmon (2006-09) and Barbre (2007-09) played together in Green Bay from 2007-09. * S Dashon Goldson (2007-12) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (2009-12) and Maragos (2010) played together in San Francisco in 2010. * T Ty Nsekhe (2012-13) and Eagles QB Sam Bradford (2010-14) played together in St. Louis from 2012-13.
Notable College Connections:
- LS Nick Sundberg (2005-08) and Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks (2008-11) played together at California in 2008.
- P Tress Way (2008-12), T Trent Williams (2006-09) and Eagles T Lane Johnson (2009-12) played together at Oklahoma in 2009.
- LB Perry Riley, Jr. (2006-09) and Eagles DT Bennie Logan (2009-12) played together at LSU in 2009.
- TE Jordan Reed (2009-12), RB Matt Jones (2012-14), CB Quinton Dunbar (2010-14), Eagles DB Jaylen Watkins (2010-13) and Eagles TE Trey Burton (2010-13) played together at Florida in 2012.
- LB Ryan Kerrigan (2007-10) and Eagles T Dennis Kelly (2008-11) played together at Purdue from 2008-10.
- LB Trent Murphy (2009-13), Eagles S Ed Reynolds (2010-13) and Eagles TE Zach Ertz (2009-13) played together at Stanford from 2010-13.
- CB Bashaud Breeland (2010-13) and Eagles CB Byron Maxwell (2006-09) played together at Clemson in 2009.
- G/T Brandon Scherff (2011-14) and Eagles T Matt Tobin (2008-11) played together at Iowa in 2011.
- G Arie Kouandjio (2010-14) and Eagles C/G Barrett Jones (2008-12) played together at Alabama.