Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.
**Merry Christmas to all!**
—Today's schedule: No availability
—Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 7; Wild card playoff round starts 13
Injuries of note:
RB Kelley (knee), CB Breeland (ankle), S Whitner (quad), WR Jackson (jaw)
Postgame injury report
Redskins vs. Bears by the numbers
—The Redskins intercepted five passes. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland had two each and Will Blackmon had one. The last time they intercepted more was on 10/31/1983 when the intercepted six against the Chargers. Mark Murphy picked off three passes in that game and Vernon Dean, Neal Olkewicz, and Anthony Washington had one each.
—The Redskins will finish no worse than 8-7-1. That means that they have clinched a second straight winning season for the first time since 1996-1997.
—Kirk Cousins did not take a sack. That was the Redskins’ fourth sack-free game of the season, their most since 2006 (six)
—Cousins completed 18 of 29 passes for 270 and one touchdown. On his 14th completion he topped the team record for completions in a season with 384. Cousins set the record last year.
—Cousins also ran for two touchdowns. He is the only quarterback in the NFL with a multiple rushing TD game this season.
—The rushing touchdown was Cousins third of the seasons. He joined Aaron Rodgers as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to have 4,000 yards passing and three rushing touchdowns in the same season. Rodgers did it twice (2008-2009).
—DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 114 yards. He now has three straight games with 100 or more receiving yards, tying the team record set by Santana Moss in Weeks 5-7 in 2005.
—Preston Smith blocked a field goal attempt in the first quarter. It was the first time the Redskins have blocked a field goal since DeAngelo Hall blocked one against Carolina in 2012.
—The Redskins have beaten the Bears seven straight games, their longest active streak against any team.
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In case you missed it
- Redskins rebound in Chicago
- Five observations after the Redskins' win
- Redskins banged up after Bears game but not seriously
- Here's Redskins path to playoffs (it means help from Cowboys)
- How Redskins capitalized on Bears' mistakes for 41-21 win