Series history, broadcast information, connections and more from Monday's Redskins-Panthers 2016 regular season Week 15 matchup at FedExField in Landover, Md.
REGULAR SEASON WEEK 15WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-5-1) vs. CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-8)
Monday, Dec. 19 | 8:30 p.m. ET
FedExField (82,000) | Landover, Md.
After three consecutive road games in Weeks 12-14, the Washington Redskins will return home to FedExField in Week 15 when the team hosts the Carolina Panthers on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.
The Redskins rank second in the NFL in yards per play (6.45) this season, the ninth-best mark by any NFL team since the 1970 merger. The explosiveness has been aided significantly in recent weeks by wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who has contributed receptions of 50 yards or more in three consecutive games. Last week, Jackson recorded his 22nd career touchdown of 60 yards or more. With another 60-yard score, Jackson can tie Jerry Rice (23) for the most in NFL history.
In addition to Jackson and the Redskins being historically explosive, the Redskins have been historically efficient on offense thus far in 2016. The Redskins have scored on 63 of their 137 drives this season (46.0 percent), the second-best average in the league in 2016. The Redskins' 46.0 percent scoring efficiency is the 14th-best mark by an NFL offense in records available dating back to 2000.
SERIES HISTORY--Redskins lead all-time series, 7-5
--All previous meetings in regular season play
--Last meeting: Nov. 22, 2015 (44-16, CAR)
TELEVISION: ESPN--Sean McDonough (play-by-play)
--Jon Gruden (color)
--Lisa Salters (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
--Larry Michael (play-by-play)
--Sonny Jurgensen (color)
--Chris Cooley (analysis)
--Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)
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Westwood One Sports
--Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
--Boomer Esiason (color)
--Ross Tucker (sidelines)
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The Carolina Panthers enter Week 15's Monday Night Football matchup with a 5-8 record and a fourth place standing in the NFC South. Carolina finished their 2015 campaign with a 15-1 regular season record. This is the Panthers sixth season under Head Coach Ron Rivera.
Quarterback Cam Newton is in his sixth season with the Panthers after being selected by the team with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. This season, Newton has completed 213-of-398 pass attempts (53.5percent ) for 2,774 yards with 15 passing touchdowns.
Running back Jonathan Stewart is the team's leading rusher, gaining 577 yards on 162 carries with eight rushing touchdowns. Newton ranks second on the team in all rushing categories, adding 76 rushing attempts for 317 yards and five rushing touchdowns.
Tight end Greg Olsen leads the Panthers in receptions (65) and receiving yards (904). After missing the 2015 season because of an injury suffered in the preseason, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin leads the Panthers with five touchdown receptions. Benjamin's 51 receptions for 765 yards accounts for the team's second-most receptions through 14 weeks.
Despite missing several games, linebacker Luke Kuechly remains in firm command of the team lead in tackles with 102 (71 solo). Linebacker Thomas Davis as added 84 tackles (57 solo). Defensive end Mario Addison has added a team-high 7.5 sacks, while Davis and safety Kurt Coleman are tied for the team lead with three interceptions each.
Kicker Graham Gano has made 22-of-26 field goal attempts (84.6 percent) this season and punter Andy Lee has averaged 49.1 yards per punt on 36 punts. Ted Ginn Jr. serves as the team's primary return specialist has returned 22 punts for 131 yards (6.0 avg.) and 18 kickoff returns for 391 yards (21.7 avg.) this season.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK
- The Redskins putting together a five-game home winning streak in back-to-back seasons. The Redskins won five straight home games across Weeks 2-12 last season and have won four straight home games this season dating back to Week 4.
- The Redskins winning five home games in consecutive years for the first time since the 1996-97 seasons.
The Redskins playing their first home game in 29 days (Nov. 20 vs. Green Bay). * The Redskins improving upon their 7-5 all-time record against the Panthers, including a 5-1 series record at home. * The Redskins attempting to snap a four-game losing streak against the Panthers and earn their first win against Carolina since 2006. * The Redskins seeking their first home Monday Night Football win since Dec. 3, 2012, vs. the New York Giants. * The Redskins entering the game 20-19 all-time against defending NFC Champions since the formation of conferences following the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. A win would be Washington's first against a team that represented the NFC in the most recent Super Bowl since defeating the New York Giants in 2012. * The Redskins improving upon their team-record three 500- yard games this season. * The Redskins recording their fourth 500-yard game this season to tie for the sixth-most in a season in NFL history. * The 2016 Redskins breaking a team record by exceeding 300 yards of offense in an 18th consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season. The team's current 17-game stretch is tied for the franchise mark set across 1987-88 seasons. * The 2016 Redskins (5,357) gaining 267 yards to enter the Top 10 in total yardage in a single season in team history. * The 2016 Redskins (3,936) passing for 414 yards to break the team record for net passing yardage in a single season in team history (4,349 in 1989). * The Redskins (3,936) throwing for 64 yards to reach 4,000 net passing yards in three consecutive seasons for the first time in team history. * The Redskins recording 29 passing first downs to break the team record for passing first downs in a single season (217 in 1989). * The Redskins recording a sack in a 22nd consecutive regular season game, dating back to last season. Washington's active streak ranks first in the NFC and fourth in the NFL (Denver, 30; Oakland, 27; Cincinnati, 26). * The Redskins pushing a regular season sack streak to 22 games for the first time since a 30-game span across the 2008-10 seasons. * The Redskins recording four sacks in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 15-16 of the 2015 season. * The Redskins (34) recording six sacks to record the team's first 40-sack season since 2011. * 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 improving upon his 10-4 regular season record at FedExField since assuming the starting role on a full-time basis prior to the 2015 season. * Cousins (4,045) throwing for 122 yards to break his own team record for passing yards in a single season (4,166 in 2015). Cousins can pass Jay Schroeder (4,109 in 1986) for second with 65 yards. * Cousins (six) tying his own team record for 300-yard passing games in a single season (seven in 2015). * Cousins adding to his team records for career 300-yard passing games (18, including 17 in regular season play) and 400-yard passing games (three). * Cousins (two) adding to his team record for 400- yard passing games in a single season. * Cousins recording his third 400-yard passing game this season to tie Philip Rivers (2013), Tony Romo (2012), Eli Manning (2011) and Dan Marino (1986) for the third-most 400-yard games in a single season in NFL history. * Cousins (953) attempting 47 passes to become the sixth quarterback to attempt 1,000 career passes with the Redskins. * Cousins (495) chasing No. 8 Joe Theismann (496 in 1981), No. 7 Jason Campbell (506 in 2008), No. 6 Campbell (507 in 2009), No. 5 Sonny Jurgensen (508 in 1967), No. 4 Trent Green (509 in 1998), No. 3 Brad Johnson (519 in 1999) and No. 2 Jay Schroeder (541 in 1986) on the team's single-season pass attempts list. Cousins holds the existing record with 543 in 2015. * Cousins (334) completing 46 passes to break his own team record for completions in a single season (379 in 2015). * Cousins (23) throwing two touchdown passes to register the seventh 25-touchdown passing season in team history, joining Sonny Jurgensen (31 in 1967), himself (29 in 2015), Joe Theismann (29 in 1983), Jurgensen (28 in 1966), Mark Rypien (28 in 1991) and Sammy Baugh (25 in 1947). * Cousins throwing a touchdown pass in a 13th straight game to tie for the fourth-longest streak in team history (Joe Theismann in 1984). * Cousins (seven) rushing for a touchdown to tie Robert Griffin III, Eddie LeBaron, Mark Rypien and Norm Snead (eight each) for the fourth-most career rushing touchdowns by a Redskins quarterback. * Cousins extending his career-long streak of games with a 50-plus-yard completion to five. Cousins' longest completion of each his last four contests have gone for 70, 67, 59 and 80 yards, respectively. * Wide receiver Jamison Crowder adding to his single-season career highs in receptions (60), receiving yards (804) and receiving touchdowns (seven). * Crowder (804) accruing 196 more receiving yards in 2016 to become the fourth member of the Redskins to post a 1,000-yard receiving season within the first two years of an NFL career (Gary Clark in 1986, Charlie Brown in 1983 and Rod Gardner in 2002). * Crowder (seven in 2016) becoming the first Redskins wide receiver with eight touchdown receptions in a single season since Santana Moss in 2012. (Tight end Jordan Reed had 11 touchdown receptions in 2015.) * Crowder (seven in 2016) catching two touchdowns to become the first member of the Redskins to record nine touchdown receptions in a single season within the first two years of an NFL career. * Crowder (nine) recording his 10th career touchdown reception to become the fifth member of the Redskins to compile 10 touchdown receptions in the first two seasons of an NFL career (Charlie Brown, 16; Chris Cooley, 13; Gary Clark, 12; Rod Gardner, 12). * 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). * Tight end Vernon Davis (498) catching two passes to become the 12th tight end in NFL history to record 500 career receptions. * Davis (498) chasing Nos. 12 Ben Coates and Todd Heap (499 each) and Nos. 10 Dallas Clark and Frank Wycheck (505 each) on the NFL's list of career receptions by a tight end. * Davis adding to his 57 career touchdown receptions, eighth most of any tight end in NFL history. * Davis catching three touchdowns to tie former Redskins great Jerry Smith (60) for sixth-most touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history. * Wide receiver Rob Kelley extending his streak of consecutive regular season games played with a reception to 100, the fifthlongest active streak in the NFL (Larry Fitzgerald, 192; Brandon Marshall, 157; Steve Smith Sr., 140; Michael Crabtree, 108). Seventy-one 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 (64) catching a pass to tie Art Monk for the most consecutive 65-catch seasons in team history (four, 1988-91). * Garçon (21) chasing No. 11 Rod Gardner (22) and No. 10 Michael Westbrook (24) on the team's career receiving touchdowns list. * Garçon catching a touchdown pass in back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game stretch from Weeks 15-17 of the 2015 season. * Kicker Dustin Hopkins adding to his existing single-season career high of 28 field goals. * Hopkins (114 in both 2015 and 2016) setting a single-season career high with his next point. * Hopkins (114) recording seven points to enter the Top 10 in points in a single season in franchise history (including both kickers and position players). * Hopkins (228) chasing No. 9. Brett Conway (234), No. 8. Graham Gano (236), No. 7. John Hall (237) and No. 6. Sam Baker (253) on the franchise's list of career points by a kicker. * Hopkins (228) scoring 22 points to become the 18th player in Redskins history (including both kickers and position players) to record 250 career points. * Hopkins (28) ascending the Top 10 list for field goals in a single season in team history. Hopkins' 28 field goals this year already rank ninth in a single season in franchise history. * Hopkins (28) making five field goals to tie Mark Moseley (33 in 1983) for the most in a single season in team history. * Hopkins (53) making two field goals to pass Sam Baker and John Hall (54 each) for seventh on the team's all-time made field goals list. * Hopkins kicking three or more field goals in a sixth game this season to tie Graham Gano (six in 2011) for second-most threefield-goal games in a season in team history. * Hopkins recording a third four-field-goal game this year to tie Mark Moseley (three in 1983) and Chip Lohmiller (three in 1990) for the most games with four field goals in a single season in team history. * Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (484) catching 16 passes to reach 500 career receptions. * Jackson (46) scoring four receiving touchdowns to reach 50 career receiving touchdowns. * Jackson recording a reception of 50 yards or more in a fourth consecutive game for the first time in his career. * Jackson (four) scoring his fifth career receiving touchdown of 80 yards or more to tie NFL records set by Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bob Hayes and Jerry Rice. * Jackson (22) recording a 60-plus-yard touchdown (including returns) to tie Jerry Rice (23) for the most total touchdowns of 60 yards or more in NFL history. * Jackson (26) recording a 50-plus-yard touchdown to tie Terrell Owens (27) for third in total touchdowns of 50 yards or more (including returns) in the NFL since the 1970 merger. * Jackson (10) recording his 11th 100-yard receiving game with the Redskins to tie Ricky Sanders (11) for eighth-most in team history. * Jackson recording back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time since Weeks 8-9 of the 2014 season. * Running back Rob Kelley recording a rushing touchdown in consecutive games for the first time in his career. * Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan starting his 94th consecutive game, the second-longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career. * Kerrigan (58.5) posting 1.5 sacks to become the third member of the Redskins to record 60.0 sacks since the NFL adopted sacks as an official statistic in 1982 (Dexter Manley and Charles Mann). * Kerrigan (11.0) entering the game ranked tied for second in the NFC and tied for third in the NFL in sacks. * Kerrigan (11.0) recording 2.5 sacks to tie his single-season career high of 13.5 sacks, set in 2014. * Kerrigan (11.0) chasing Nos. 8 Dave Butz (11.5 in 1983) and Charles Mann (11.5 in 1991) and No. 7 Marco Coleman (12.0 in 2000) on the team's list of sacks in single season since 1982. * Kerrigan posting a sack in a fifth consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 12-16 of the 2014 season. * Kerrigan forcing a fumble in back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 13-14 of the 2014 season. * Linebacker Trent Murphy adding to his career-high 8.0 sacks this season after entering the year with 6.0 sacks in his first two NFL seasons from 2014-15. * Murphy (8.0) recording two sacks to give the Redskins multiple players with 10.0 sacks in a single season for the first time since 2009 (Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo, 11.0 each). * Cornerback Josh Norman (two) matching his single-season career high with his next forced fumble (three in 2015). * Tight end Jordan Reed (242) catching three passes to move past Don Warren (244) in team history for third-most career receptions by a tight end and 12th most career receptions by any player. * Reed (242) recording eight receptions to become the 12th player to catch 250 career passes as a member of the Redskins. * Reed (19) catching a touchdown to become the 16th player in team history to record 20 touchdown receptions with the Redskins. * Reed (19) catching a touchdown to surpass Clint Didier (19) for sole possession of fourth-most by a tight end in Redskins history. * Reed (19) chasing Jean Fugett (21) for third-most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in Redskins history. * Reed (six) scoring multiple receiving touchdowns to move past Santana Moss (six) for sole possession of the sixth-most games with multiple touchdown receptions by a member of the Redskins since 1960.
A WIN WOULD
... improve the Redskins to 8-5-1 this season.
... be the Redskins' fifth straight home win and make the Redskins 5-2 at home this season.
... give the Redskins five-game home winning streaks in back-toback seasons for the first time since the 1996-97 seasons.
... push the Redskins to 8-5 all-time against the Panthers, including a 6-1 series record at home.
... snap a four-game losing streak against Carolina and give the Redskins their first victory against the Panthers since 2006.
... be the Redskins' first home Monday Night Football win since Dec. 3, 2012, vs. the New York Giants.
... represent the Redskins' 29th win on Monday Night Football all-time.
... push the Redskins to 21-19 all-time against defending NFC Champions since the formation of conferences in 1970.
... mark Head Coach Jay Gruden's 21st victory with Washington, tying Bill McPeak for eighth in team history
NOTABLE REDSKINS/PANTHERS CONNECTIONS
Former Panthers On Redskins:
- CB Josh Norman (2012-15)
- LS Nick Sundberg (2009 offseason)
Former Redskins on Panthers:
- Offensive Line Coach Ray Brown (1989-95, 2004-06)
- DE Mario Addison (2012)
- K Graham Gano (2009-11)
Redskins from the Carolinas:
- Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell (Gastonia, N.C.)
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan (Manson, N.C.)
- CB Bashaud Breeland (Allendale, S.C.)
- WR Jamison Crowder (Monroe, N.C.)
- WR Maurice Harris (Greensboro, N.C.)
- CB Josh Norman (Greenwood, S.C.)
Panthers from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott (William & Mary)
- DE Ryan Delaire (Towson)
- CB Lou Young (Olney, Md.)
Redskins who went to college in the Carolinas:
- Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell (Lenoir-Rhyne)
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan (North Carolina)
- CB Bashaud Breeland (Clemson)
- WR Jamison Crowder (Duke)
- CB Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina)
Panthers who went to college in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott (William & Mary)
- DE Ryan Delaire (Towson)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh (1997-98) and Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell (2005) worked with Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera for the Chicago Bears.
- Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan worked with Panthers Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky worked with Panthers Assistant Head Coach/Secondary Coach Steve Wilks for the San Diego Chargers in 2011.
- Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell worked with Panthers Running Game Coordinator John Matsko for the St. Louis Rams from 2003-04.
- Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell and S Will Blackmon worked with Panthers Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey for the New York Giants in 2010.
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry (2000) and Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh (1996) worked with Panthers Offensive Line Coach Ray Brown for the San Francisco 49ers.
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (2005), Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell (2010-12) and S Will Blackmon (2010-11) worked with Panthers Assistant Special Teams Coach Chase Blackburn for the New York Giants.
- Assistant Special Teams Coach Bradford Banta played with Panthers Offensive Line Coach Ray Brown for the Detroit Lions from 2002-03.
- Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell and S Donte Whitner Sr. worked with Panthers Offensive Line Coach Ray Brown for the Buffalo Bills from 2008-09.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky, TE Vernon Davis and DE Ricky Jean Francois worked with Panthers Offensive Line Coach Ray Brown for the San Francisco 49ers in 2010.
- S Donte Whitner Sr. worked with Panthers Senior Adviser to the Special Teams Bruce DeHaven for the Buffalo Bills in 2010.
- TE Vernon Davis worked with Panthers Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015.
- WR DeSean Jackson worked with Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2008-10.
- DL Cullen Jenkins (2003-04, 09-10) and S Will Blackmon (2009) worked with Panthers Assistant Defensive Backs/Nickel Coach Curtis Fuller for the Green Bay Packers.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky (2007-10), TE Vernon Davis (2006-10) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (2009-10) worked with Panthers Tight Ends Coach Pete Hoener for the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive Backs Coach Perry Fewell (2010-12) and S Will Blackmon (2010-11) worked with Panthers Linebackers Coach Al Holcomb for the New York Giants.
- Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh worked with Panthers Wide Receivers Coach Ricky Proehl for the Chicago Bears in 1997.
- C John Sullivan worked with Panthers Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Cameron Turner for the Minnesota Vikings from 2011-12.
- Defensive Quality Control Chad Grimm and CB Greg Toler worked with Panthers QB Derek Anderson for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010.
- WR DeSean Jackson (2010-13), DL Cullen Jenkins (2011-12) and TE Derek Carrier (2012) worked with Panthers S Kurt Coleman for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky (2010), TE Vernon Davis (2010-12), DE Ricky Jean Francois (2010-12) and S Donte Whitner Sr. (2011-12) worked with Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. for the San Francisco 49ers.
- WR Colt McCoy played with Panthers S Michael Griffin for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.
- LB Mason Foster played with Panthers CB Leonard Johnson for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-14.
- TE Vernon Davis, DE Ricky Jean Francois and S Donte Whitner Sr. played with Panthers S Colin Jones for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.
- DL Ziggy Hood played with Panthers G Chris Scott for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010-11.
- Outside Linebackers Coach Greg Manusky worked with Panthers FB Mike Tolbert for the San Diego Chargers in 2011.
- Manusky served as the Defensive Coordinator. C John Sullivan played with Panthers QB Joe Webb for the Minnesota Vikings from 2010-13.
- Defensive Line Coach Robb Akey and C John Sullivan worked with Panthers G David Yankey for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014.
Notable College Connections:
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry (1991) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Bradford Banta (1989-91) worked with Panthers Running Game Coordinator John Matsko for USC. Barry played linebacker and Banta played tight end & long snapper while Matsko served as the Offensive Coordinator.
- Running Backs Coach Randy Jordan worked with Panthers S Tre Boston for North Carolina from 2012-13.
- K Dustin Hopkins and RB Chris Thompson played with Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin for Florida State from 2011-12.
- WR Jamison Crowder played with Panthers LB Jeremy Cash for Duke from 2012-14.
- QB Kirk Cousins played with Panthers T Dan France for Michigan State from 2009-11.
- QB Colt McCoy played with Panthers S Michael Griffin for Texas from 2005-06.
- Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry worked with Panthers DE Wes Horton for USC from 2010-11. Barry served as the Linebackers Coach.
- C John Sullivan played with Panthers LS J.J. Jansen for Notre Dame from 2004-07.
- LB Ryan Kerrigan played with Panthers DT Kawann Short for Purdue from 2008-10.
- QB Colt McCoy played with Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker for Texas from 2008-09.
- P Tress Way played with Panthers T Daryl Williams for Oklahoma from 2010-12.
- LB Trent Murphy played with Panthers G David Yankey for Stanford from 2010-13.