A list of stats and notes from the Washington Redskins' 31-30 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField, as compiled by Redskins Public Relations. "Redskins-Buccaneers Monday Stats Pack" is presented by BDO by the Numbers. People who know, know BDO.
- The Washington Redskins recorded their largest comeback in franchise history on Sunday, overcoming a 24-0 deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-30, in front of an announced crowd of 72,912 people at FedExField.
- Prior to the 24-point comeback on Sunday, the Redskins had previously overcome 21-point deficits to win three times in team history:
- 10/25/2014: 24 points vs. Tampa Bay (trailed 24-0, won 31-30)
- 10/3/1999: 21 points vs. Carolina (trailed 21-0, won 38-36)
- 11/4/1990: 21 points at Detroit (trailed 35-13, won 41-38 in overtime)
- 11/28/1965: 21 points vs. Dallas (trailed 21-0, won 34-31) The Redskins are now 3-1 at home this season and have earned three consecutive home victories for the first time since winning four straight at FedExField across Weeks 11-17 of the 2012 season.
- Head Coach Jay Gruden issued his first replay challenge of the season in the third quarter, resulting in a 14-yard completion being overturned. It was the Redskins' first challenge since Week 14 last season.
The Buccaneers scored a touchdown on their opening possession, snapping a streak of six games to open the season in which the Redskins had held opponents scoreless on their initial drive. Washington entered the game as one of only two NFL teams (Denver) to have not allowed an opening drive point to an opponent through the first six weeks of the season. * The game was the Redskins' second straight contest against an opponent coming off of a bye week, including a game against the New York Jets a week earlier. This marked the first time since Weeks 6-7 of the 2005 season (at KC, vs. SF) that the Redskins had played consecutive games against opponents coming off of a bye week. * The game marked the sixth time in the past seven seasons that the Redskins have faced the team that held the No. 1 pick in the most recent draft. * The victory was the Redskins' 595th all-time, including postseason play. * The Redskins evened their all-time series with the Buccaneers at 11-11, including postseason play, and tied the regular season series at 10-10. * The Redskins improved to 5-1 all-time against teams coached by Lovie Smith. * The win was the Redskins' first win against an NFC South opponent since winning 24-22 at Tampa Bay on Sept. 30, 2012. *
The victory gave the Redskins a win in Week 7 in three consecutive years for the first time since earning victories seven straight Week 7 contests across the 1986-92 seasons. * The win was the Redskins' 11th in games directly preceding a bye week since the NFL instituted byes in 1990. * The game was the culmination of the team's annual Alumni Homecoming celebration. Not including staff and coaches, players in attendance represented nearly 600 combined seasons of Redskins service, 98 combined Super Bowl appearances, 59 combined Super Bowl titles, 26 members of the 80 Greatest Redskins, 17 Redskins Ring of Famers and five Pro Football Hall of Famers. * The Redskins have won their last three Alumni Homecoming contests (30-24 in overtime vs. San Diego in 2013, 19-17 vs. Tennessee in 2014), with all three games decided in the final minute or in overtime.
- Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 33-of-40 passes for 317 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed three times for 15 yards including a rushing touchdown.
Cousins' career-high 33 completions tied Jason Campbell's franchise record set previously on Nov. 18, 2007 against the Dallas Cowboys. * Cousins posted the sixth game of 300 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and no interceptions by a Redskins quarterback in a win since the 1970 merger, joining Brad Johnson (Week 4 in 1999), Mark Rypien (Week 11 in 1990 and Week 11 in 1991) and Joe Theismann (Week 1 in 1982 and Week 5 in 1983). * Cousins' 124.7 passer rating was the highest of any start in his career. * Cousins tied his career high with three passing touchdowns, recording the seventh multi-touchdown passing game of his career. It was his first game of the season with multiple passing touchdowns and his first three-touchdown game since Week 3 last season at Philadelphia. * Cousins scored his second rushing touchdown of the season (also the second of his career) on a season-long eight-yard run in the second quarter. *
Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback to record at least three passing touchdowns and at least one rushing touchdown in a single game since Trent Green on Nov. 22, 1998. * Cousins recorded his 400th career completion on a seven-yard pass to Pierre Garçon in the second quarter, becoming the 15th quarterback in team history to record 400 completions as a member of the Redskins. * Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback since 1960 to record three 30-completion games in a single season. *
Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback to engineer multiple fourth-quarter comebacks in a single season since Robert Griffin III (three in 2012). * Tight end Jordan Reed recorded career highs in receptions (11) and receiving touchdowns (two), gaining 72 receiving yards. * Reed's 11-catch performance was the 22nd by a member of the Redskins since 1950 and the first since Pierre Garçon in Week 3 last season. * Reed became the first member of the Redskins to record multiple receiving touchdowns in a game since Leonard Hankerson in Week 1 of the 2013 season. He was the first Redskins tight end to do so since Fred Davis on Dec. 13, 2009 at Oakland. *
In the third quarter, Cousins threw the 25th touchdown of his career, connecting with Ryan Grant for a three-yard touchdown. Cousins became the 17th quarterback in Redskins history to throw 25 touchdowns. * The touchdown was the first of Grant's career. He finished the game with a season-high 54 receiving yards. * With the touchdown, Cousins extended his career-best streak of consecutive games with a touchdown this season to seven. Cousins entered the day as one of only 11 quarterbacks with an active streak of six games or more with a passing touchdown. * Cousins threw his second touchdown of the day on the ensuing possession, connecting with Reed for a three-yard touchdown. * The touchdown was Reed's second of the season and his first since Week 1. The touchdown was the fifth of his career. * Wide receiver Andre Roberts registered a 38-yard reception in the third quarter, his longest since a 61-yard reception in Week 15 last year. * The 38-yard pass was the second-longest pass by Redskins this season (Cousins, 43 yards to Rashad Ross in Week 4). * The Redskins held the Buccaneers to one sack. Washington has now held opponents to one sack or fewer in five consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 9-13 of the 2006 season.
Linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat recorded his first career forced fumble in the third quarter, stripping the ball from Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. * Defensive end Stephen Paea and Terrance Knighton split a sack of Winston in the third quarter. It was Knighton's first partial sack as a member of the Redskins. * Safety Dashon Goldson led the Redskins with a career-high 14 tackles (six solo) and a pass defensed against his former team. * Cornerback Bashaud Breeland recorded a career-high 13 tackles (eight solo), including a touchdown-saving stop on Doug Martin that helped force a field goal prior to Washington's game-winning drive. * Defensive lineman Chris Baker sealed the game with his first career fumble recovery. * Knighton played in his 100th career regular season game.
Following the touchdown pass to Grant, safety Trenton Robinson recovered a surprise onside kick by kicker Dustin Hopkins. It was the Redskins' first successful onside kick since Nov. 4, 2007 at the New York Jets (Shaun Suisham, recovered by Rock Cartwright). * The Redskins now have a kickoff return touchdown, a blocked punt (recovered for a touchdown) and a successful onside kick attempt in the first seven weeks this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last season in which the Redskins had a return touchdown of any kind, blocked a punt and recovered their own onside kick in the same year was 1983. * The onside kick was the first successful onside kick in the NFL this season. NFL teams entered Sunday 0-for-24 on onside kick attempts.