Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Sunday's Redskins-Lions 2016 regular season Week 7 matchup at Ford Field In Detroit.
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 7WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-2) vs. DETROIT LIONS (3-3)
Sunday, Oct. 23 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Ford Field (64,500) | Detroit
The Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions have met 18 times during the regular season. Here's a look back at some of those games.
The Washington Redskins will seek their fifth straight victory when the team faces the Detroit Lions in Week 7. Kickoff at Ford Field in Detroit is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Redskins will be looking to continue their recent success away from home, as they attempt to open a season 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1999. A win on Sunday would give the Redskins six consecutive road wins, dating back to last season, which would tie the fifth-longest streak in team history. It would also represent the team's first six-game road winning streak since winning their first seven road contests of the 1991 season.
Part of the Redskins' recent resurgence has been the stifling performance of the defense in the last two weeks. The Redskins allowed only 272.5 yards per game in Weeks 5-6, trailing only the Vikings (214.0), Cardinals (258.0) and Titans (270.5) for fewest in the NFL in that time frame. The unit has not allowed an offensive touchdown in its last seven quarters and has not surrendered a touchdown in the second half in any game of the team's current winning streak.
SERIES HISTORY--Redskins lead all-time series, 30-13
--Redskins lead all-time regular season series, 27-13
--Last meeting: Sept. 22, 2013 (27-20, DET)
TELEVISION: FOX--Justin Kutcher (play-by-play)
--Charles and Chris Spielman (color)
--Peter Schrager (sidelines)
The Detroit Lions enter Week 7 with a 3-3 record and sit in third place in the NFC North following a 31-28 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Lions completed their 2015 campaign with a 7-9 record and a third-place finish in the NFC North. Head Coach Jim Caldwell is in his 16th season coaching in the NFL and third season with Detroit.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford is in his eighth season with the Lions after being selected first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Stafford has completed 146- of-212 passes (68.9 percent) for 1,648 yards and 14 touchdowns through six weeks this season.
Running back Theo Riddick leads the rushing corps with 50 rushing attempts for 171 yards and one touchdown this season. Riddick has also recorded 26 receptions for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Five different players including Riddick have recorded at least 15 carries for the Lions this season.
Wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr. and Anquan Boldin are tied for the Lions' team lead in receptions with 29 each on the season. Jones has gained a team-high 529 yards and four touchdowns on his 29 receptions, while Boldin has registered 244 yards and three touchdowns.
Linebacker Tahir Whitehead leads the defense in tackles, recording 55 on the season thus far (40 solo). Defensive end Kerry Hyder has posted a team-high five sacks in 2016, and three different players are tied for Detroit's team lead in interceptions with one apiece (Glover Quin, Rafael Bush and Darius Slay).
Kicker Matt Prater has made 9-of-10 field goal attempts (90.0 percent) this season. Punter Sam Martin has averaged 50.2 yards per punt on 21 punts. Former Redskin Andre Roberts serves as the Lions' primary return specialist and has returned eight punts for 142 yards and one touchdown and 12 kickoffs for 248 yards this season.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
- The Redskins recording a fifth consecutive victory for the first time since a seven-game winning streak to close the 2012 season.
- The Redskins improving to 3-0 on the road. It would mark the first time the Redskins have opened a season 3-0 on the road since 1999.
- The Redskins winning a sixth consecutive road game (dating back to last season) for the first time since winning the first seven road games of the 1991 season.
- The Redskins improving to 5-2 through seven games for the first time since 2008.
- The Redskins reaching 450 yards of offense in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 3-4 of the 2006 season.
- The Redskins exceeding 300 yards of offense in a 11th consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season, for the first time since a 14-game stretch across the 2012-13 seasons.
- The Redskins rushing for 200 yards in a second straight game for the first time since Weeks 6-7 of the 2013 season.
- The Redskins' defense adding to its active streak of seven consecutive quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown.
- The Redskins limiting consecutive opponents below 250 yards of offense for the first time since Weeks 4-5 of the 2009 season.
- The Redskins holding a fourth straight opponent to 20 points or fewer for the first time since a five-game streak in Weeks 2-6 of the 2009 season.
- The Redskins' defense posting five sacks in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 15-16 of the 2015 season.
- The Redskins' offense allowing zero sacks in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 3-4 of the 2006 season.
- The Redskins playing their only guaranteed indoor game of the season. Including postseason play, the Redskins are 32-25 alltime in games played indoors, including games contested in stadiums with closed retractable roofs.
- Cornerback Bashaud Breeland (one) intercepting a pass to become the first member of the Redskins since Fred Smoot (2001- 03) to open a career with multiple interceptions in three straight seasons.
- Quarterback Trent Williams recording his 15th career 300-yard passing game, including postseason play, to move past Joe Theismann (14) for sole possession of second in team history.
- Cousins (56) chasing No. 6 Eddie LeBaron (59) on the team's all-time passing touchdowns list.
- Cousins evening his regular season record as a starter at 16- 16.
- Wide receiver Jamison Crowder tying a single-season team record with his second punt return touchdown of the season (Brian Mitchell in 1991 and 1994, Mike Nelms in 1981, Bert Zagers in 1957 and John Williams in 1952).
- Crowder adding to his current single-season career high in receiving touchdowns (three this season).
- Crowder scoring a receiving touchdown in consecutive games for the second time in his career (Weeks 2-3 this season).
- Tight end Vernon Davis adding to his 56 career touchdown receptions, seventh-most of any tight end in NFL history.
- Davis scoring a receiving touchdown in back-to-back games for the first time since Week 17 of 2013 and Week 1 of 2014.
- Davis (5,985) gaining 15 receiving yards to become the 13th tight end in NFL history to record 6,000 career receiving yards.
- Cornerback Quinton Dunbar (one) setting a career high with his next interception.
- Wide receiver Rob Kelley extending his streak of consecutive regular season games played with a reception to 93, the sixth-longest active streak in the NFL (Larry Fitzgerald, 185; Brandon Marshall, 150; Steve Smith, 134; Jason Witten, 125; Michael Crabtree, 101). Sixty-four of the games in Garçon's streak have come with Washington, the third-longest streak by a member of the Redskins since the 1970 merger.
- Garçon (19 with Washington) catching a touchdown pass to become the 15th player in Redskins history to post 20 touchdown receptions with the team.
- Garçon (3,815) gaining 116 receiving yards to pass Henry Ellard (3,930) for 11th-most receiving yards in team history.
- Wide receiver Jamison Crowder (24) recording two 50-plusyard touchdowns to tie Steve Smith, Sr. (26) 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.
- Defensive end Ricky Jean Francois playing in his 100th career regular season game.
- Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins playing in his 175th career regular season game.
- Running back Rob Kelley scoring a rushing touchdown in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
- Jones becoming the first member of the Redskins to record consecutive 100-yard rushing performances since Alfred Morris in Weeks 9-10 of the 2013 season.
- Jones (three in 2015 and 2016) setting a career high with his next rushing touchdown.
- Jones (433) rushing for 58 yards to break his single-season career high from 2015 (490).
- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 87th consecutive game, tied for second-most among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career.
- Kerrigan recording back-to-back multi-sack games for the first time in his career.
- Kerrigan recording 3.0 sacks to reach 7.5 sacks this season. He would join Jared Allen, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware and Reggie White as the only players to register at least 7.5 sacks in each of the first six seasons of an NFL career since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982.
- Linebacker Trent Murphy adding to his single-season careerhigh 5.0 sacks.
- Murphy posting at least a half-sack in a sixth consecutive game for the first time in his career.
- Tight end Jordan Reed (215) catching 12 passes to tie Rod Gardner for the 15th-most receptions in team history.
- Reed (16) catching three touchdown passes to tie Clint Didier (19) for fourth-most by a tight end in Redskins history.
A WIN WOULD
... represent the Redskins' first five-game winning streak since a seven-game stretch to close the 2012 season.
... give the Redskins a 5-2 record for the first time since 2008.
... make the Redskins 3-0 on the road this season and give the Redskins three straight road wins to open a season for the first time since 1999.
... improve the Redskins to 31-13 all-time against the Lions, including postseason play.
... even the Redskins' all-time road record against the Lions at 10-10.
... be the Redskins' first win in Detroit since 2008.
NOTABLE REDSKINS/LIONS CONNECTIONS
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan is the father of Lions Quarterbacks Coach Brian Callahan
Former Lions On Redskins:
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry (2007-08)
- Asst. Special Teams Coach Bradford Banta (2001-03, 08-13)
- Asst. Offensive Line Coach Kevin Carberry (2005)
Former Redskins on Lions:
- Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Ron Prince (1997)
- WR Andre Roberts (2014-15)
Redskins from Michigan:
- Asst. Defensive Backs Coach Aubrey Pleasant (Flint)
- QB Kirk Cousins (Holland)
- DL Cullen Jenkins (Detroit)
Lions from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (Norfolk, Va.)
- CB Johnson Bademosi (Silver Spring, Md.)
- DE Brandon Copeland (Sykesville, Md.)
- TE Khari Lee (Baltimore, Md.)
- S Tavon Wilson (Washington, D.C.)
Redskins who went to college in Michigan:
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry (Started career at Michigan)
- QB Kirk Cousins (Michigan State)
- DL Cullen Jenkins (Central Michigan)
Lions who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams (William & Mary)
- S Don Carey (Norfolk State)
- TE Khari Lee (Bowie State)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Head Coach Jay Gruden worked with Lions WR Marvin Jones Jr. for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2012-13.
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry worked with Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. Barry served as the Linebackers Coach while Caldwell served as the Quarterbacks Coach.
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry also worked with Lions Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams and Lions Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001.
- Defensive Quality Control Chad Grimm and CB Greg Toler worked with Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin for the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky worked with Lions Senior Coaching Assistant Gunther Cunningham for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1995-99. Manusky played linebacker while Cunningham served in multiple positions including Head Coach (1999).
- Defensive Line Coach Robb Akey and C John Sullivan worked with Lions Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014. Akey served as the Assistant Defensive Line Coach while Marciano served as the Interim Special Teams Coordinator.
- WR Pierre Garçon played for Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell for the Indianapolis Colts from 2008-11. Caldwell served as the Quarterbacks Coach/Assistant Head Coach (2008) and the Head Coach (2009-11).
- WR Pierre Garçon worked with Lions Offensive Coordinator Jim Bob Cooter for the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11.
- LB Mason Foster worked with Lions Linebackers Coach Bill Sheridan for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-13.
- S Will Blackmon played with Ravens RB Justin Forsett for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.
- S Josh Evans and DL Ziggy Hood played with Lions LB Thurston Armbrister for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015.
- QB Colt McCoy (2012) and G Shawn Lauvao (2012-13) played with Lions CB Johnson Bademosi for the Cleveland Browns.
- CB Greg Toler played with Lions WR Anquan Boldin for the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.
- TE Vernon Davis (2013-15), QB Colt McCoy (2013) and S Donte Whitner (2013) played with Lions WR Anquan Boldin for the San Francisco 49ers.
- G Shawn Lauvao played with Lions DE Armonty Bryant for the Cleveland Browns in 2013.
- T Ty Nsekhe played with Lions S Rafael Bush and Lions DT Tyrunn Walker for the New Orleans Saints in 2014.
- WR DeSean Jackson (2010-12) and DL Cullen Jenkins (2011-12) played with Lions TE Clay Harbor for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- S Will Blackmon (2013-14), S Josh Evans (2013-15) and DL Ziggy Hood (2015) played with Lions TE Clay Harbor for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- DL Ziggy Hood played with Lions TE Khari Lee for the Chicago Bears in 2015.
- LS Nick Sundberg played with Lions DT Haloti Ngata for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.
- WR Pierre Garçon played with Lions QB Dan Orlovsky for the Indianapolis Colts in 2011.
- LB Mason Foster played with Lions QB Dan Orlovsky for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-13.
- DE Chris Baker (2009) and S Duke Ihenacho (2012-13) played with Lions K Matt Prater for the Denver Broncos.
Notable College Connections:
- Head Coach Jay Gruden worked with Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell for Louisville in 1985. Gruden played quarterback while Caldwell served as the Wide Receivers Coach.
- Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (1993-96) and Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell (1992-94) worked with Lions Linebackers Coach Bill Sheridan for Army. Kotwica played linebacker, Fewell served as the Defensive Line Coach while Sheridan served as the Linebackers Coach (1992-95) and the Defensive Backs Coach (1996).
- Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh worked with Lions Running Backs Coach David Walker for Pittsburgh from 2005-08.
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan worked with Lions TE Eric Ebron at North Carolina from 2012-13. Jordan served in the same position.
- Defensive Backs Coach Aubrey Pleasant played with Lions LB DeAndre Levy for Wisconsin from 2005-08.
- Offensive Quality Control Shane Waldron and C John Sullivan worked with Lions WR Golden Tate for Notre Dame in 2007.
- S Josh Evans and TE Jordan Reed worked with Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin for Florida in 2010.
- WR Ryan Grant and RB Rob Kelley worked with Lions Quality Control/Offensive Line Coach Michael McCarthy for Tulane from 2012-13.
- T Morgan Moses worked with Lions Special Teams Assistant Devin Fitzsimmons for Virginia in 2009.
- WR DeSean Jackson and LS Nick Sundberg played with Lions RB Justin Forsett for Cal from 2005-07.
- LB Trent Murphy played with Lions CB Johnson Bademosi for Stanford from 2010-11.
- LS Nick Sundberg played with Lions WR Marvin Jones Jr. for Cal in 2008. G Brandon Scherff played with Lions T Riley Reiff at Iowa in 2011.
- G Arie Kouandjio played with Lions DT A'Shawn Robinson at Alabama from 2013-14.
- LB Preston Smith played with Lions CB Darius Slay for Mississippi State from 2011-12.
- LB Martrell Spaight played with Lions C Travis Swanson for Arkansas in 2013.
- WR Jamison Crowder played with Lions G Laken Tomlinson for Duke from 2011-14.