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Redskins-Cardinals Monday Stats Pack

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A list of stats and notes from the Washington Redskins' Week 15 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals that took place at FedExField in Landover, Md.

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  • The Washington Redskins defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 20-15, in front of an announced crowd of 71,026 people at FedExField on Sunday.
  • The victory completed the Redskins' sweep of the NFC West in 2017. The feat is the Redskins' second divisional sweep since realignment in 2002, joining a sweep of the NFC West in 2005.
  • Head Coach Jay Gruden earned his 27th career victory, moving him past Joe Kuharich for sole possession of the fifth-most coaching victories in franchise history.
  • The Redskins extended their streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to 50 (including postseason play), tying the third-longest streak in team history by matching the mark set across the 1989-92 seasons. Entering the day, Washington's touchdown streak was the third-longest active streak in the NFL, trailing only active streaks by the Eagles and Raiders.

During the contest, the Redskins (305) the reached 300-point mark on the season and have now scored at least 300 points in six straight seasons, the team's longest streak since 1994-99. * The Redskins held the Cardinals without a touchdown. It was the Redskins' first time holding an opponent without a touchdown since Nov. 18, 2012, vs. Philadelphia. * The Redskins and Cardinals squared off for the 123rd time in franchise history, not including Washington's 42-20 win against the combined Chicago Cardinals/Pittsburgh Steelers squad in 1944. The 123-game series is the Redskins' third-most games played against any opponent and the most against an opponent in which the series does not include a postseason game. * The Redskins improved to 75-46-2 all-time against the Cardinals. Their 75 all-time victories against the Cardinals are their second-most against any opponent. * The Redskins earned their eighth straight home win against the Cardinals dating back to 1999, adding to the franchise's longest active home winning streak against a single opponent. * The Redskins improved to 48-20 all-time in home games against the Cardinals, including a 14-8 home record against the franchise as the Chicago Cardinals (1932-59), a 19-8 home record against the franchise as the St. Louis Cardinals (1960-87), and a 15-4 home record against the franchise since its move to Arizona (1988-present). * The Redskins pushed their home record this season to 4-3. * The Redskins have now recorded three straight seasons with four or more wins at home for the first time since an eight-year stretch from 1995-2002. * The Redskins won despite possessing the ball for only 23:44. It marked the second time since 2000 that the Redskins have won a game with fewer than 24 minutes of possession time (23:22, at Philadelphia in Week 14 of the 2016 season). * The Redskins won the turnover margin, 2-1, and improved to 4-2 this season when posting a positive turnover margin.

Offense:

  • Quarterback Trent Williams completed 18-of-26 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 116.8.
  • Cousins started his 46th consecutive regular season game for the Redskins, adding to the second-longest  streak by a Redskins quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, trailing only Joe Theismann (60 from 1980-84).
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Check out images from the Washington Redskins' offense in their 2017 Week 15 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals Dec. 17, 2017, at FedExField.

Cousinspushed his season total in completions to 306 and is now responsible for three of the team's six 300-completion seasons in franchise history. * With the performance,Cousins(3,636) entered the Top 10 in passing yards in a single season in Redskins history. His 2017 single-season passing yardage total now ranks eighth in team history. * *Cousinspushed his career passing touchdown total to 96 and now sits four touchdowns shy of becoming only the sixth player to throw 100 touchdown passes with the Redskins. * Cousins *threw a touchdown pass on his first pass attempt of the day, connecting with wide receiverJamison Crowderfor a five-yard score on the team's opening drive. * The touchdown reception wasCrowder'ssecond of the season and the 11th of his career. * With the touchdown pass toCrowder, the Redskins scored points on their opening possession for the ninth time this season, the most opening-drive scores by the Redskins in a single season in records dating back to 1999. * The touchdown byCrowdercame 90 seconds into the game, the Redskins' fastest touchdown of any kind in a game since cornerback Josh Wilson scored on a 30-yard fumble return only 0:11 into the team's game against the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 16, 2012. * *Crowder'stouchdown was the Redskins' fastest offensive touchdown in a game since running back Clinton Portis scored a 10-yard touchdown run 1:06 into the team's game against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 11, 2009. * The touchdown marked the first time the Redskins scored on their first team passing attempt of a game since Nov. 18, 2012, when quarterback Robert Griffin III connected with fullback Darrel Young for a six-yard touchdown on the team's first pass against Philadelphia. * Cousinsthrew a touchdown on his first individual passing attempt of a game for the first time since Sept. 14, 2014, when he threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Young on his first throw against Jacksonville after entering the game in relief. * On his fourth pass attempt of the day, a 10-yard completion to running backKapri Bibbs,Cousinsbecame the fifth quarterback to attempt 2,000 career passes with the Redskins. * The 10-yard reception on the play wasBibbs'first with the team in the midst of his Redskins debut. * Later on the drive,Bibbsrecorded a 36-yard touchdown reception fromCousins. * The receiving touchdown was the second ofBibbs'career and his first since a 69-yard touchdown catch at Oakland in Week 9 of the 2016 season as a member of the Denver Broncos. * The touchdown pass toBibbswasCousins'24th passing touchdown of the season, moving Cousins into the Top 10 in passing touchdowns in a single season in Redskins history (tied for eighth). * During the contest, tight endVernonDavis* became only the ninth tight end in NFL history to reach 7,000 career receiving yards.

Defense:

  • The Redskins recorded a season-high five sacks, the defense's most since Week 6 of the 2016 season vs. Philadelphia.
  • Defensive end Anthony Lanier II recorded a career-high 2.0 sacks, his first career multi-sack game.
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Check out images from the Washington Redskins' defense in their 2017 Week 15 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals Dec. 17, 2017, at FedExField.

Lanieralso recorded three passes defensed, the most by a Redskins defensive lineman since Sept. 21, 2008 (Jason Taylor, three at Arizona). * *Lanierbecame the fourth member of the Redskins since 2000 to record at least 2.0 sacks and multiple passes defensed in a single game, joining linebackers LaVar Arrington (Oct. 27, 2002, vs. Indianapolis), Cornelius Griffin (Nov. 7, 2004, at Detroit) and Brian Orakpo (Sept. 29, 2013, at Oakland). Lanier is the first of that quartet to record three passes defensed in that game. * On Arizona's first offensive possession,Lanier *recorded his fourth sack of the season and the first forced fumble of his career, knocking the ball loose from Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert. * The fumble was recovered by linebackerPreston Smith, his first fumble recovery of the season and the second of his career. * WithSmith'sfumble recovery, the Redskins recorded a takeaway on their opponent's opening drive for the fifth time this season, their most opening-drive takeaways in a season in records dating back to 1999. * *Smithlater added his second interception of his career, picking off Gabbert in the second quarter. The interception was his first since Week 10 of the 2016 season vs. Minnesota. * Smith *recorded a sack in the fourth quarter, pushing his season total to 6.0 and his career total to 18.5. * *Smith *became the first member of the Redskins to record a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception in a single game since linebacker Monte Coleman against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 19, 1993. * LinebackerJunior Galetteadded his third sack of the season in the first quarter, pushing his career sack total to 34.5. * LinebackerRyan**Kerrigan started his 110th consecutive regular season game, the longest active streak among active NFL linebackers. Kerrigan has not missed a start in his NFL career.

Special Teams:

  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins played his first game since being placed on the team's Reserve/Injured list after Week 6. He made his first field goal attempt in his return, a 24-yarder in the third quarter.
  • Hopkins' 24-yard field goal was the culmination of an 11-play, 88-yard drive by the Redskins, the team's second-longest scoring drive by yardage this season behind only a 94-yard drive in Week 11 at New Orleans.
  • Hopkins added another field goal in the fourth quarter, converting on a 32-yard attempt.
  • With two punts downed inside the 20, punter Tress Way added to his single-season career high in punts downed inside the 20. His 28 punts downed inside the 20 this season are currently tied for seventh-most in team records dating back to 1976.
  • Wide receiverMaurice Harrisrecorded a career-long 33-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.
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