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Need to Know: Redskins vs. Texans game notes--Cofield top iron man at DT

Need to Know: Redskins vs. Texans game notes--Cofield top iron man at DT

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 7, the day the Redskins open their season against the Texans.

Redskins at Texans pregame notes

Here are some factiods and things to watch for as the Redskins prepare to fact the Texans at 1:00 p.m.

Barry Cofield will start his 81st straight game. His streak of consecutive starts is the longest in the NFL among defensive tackles by a full season. Domata Peko of the Bengals is second at 64 straight starts.

—If the Redskins finish this season in the top five in rushing, it will be the third consecutive season doing that. They have not finished in the top 5 in rushing three straight years since 1983-1985.

Ryan Kerrigan needs just half a sack to move into sole possession of 10th place on the Redskins all-time sack list (sacks became an official stat in 1982). If he has a big day and matches his preseason output of three sacks, he’ll pass Darryl Grant for ninth all time with 27.5.

—The Redskins won three out of the four season openers under Mike Shanahan, losing only to the Eagles last year. The won at home against the Cowboys (2010) and Giants (2011) and on the road against the Saints (2012)

—If Robert Griffin III passes for three touchdowns he will move into a tie with Jay Schroeder for 10th on the Redskins’ career list with 39.

Jay Gruden is looking to become the 11th Redskins head coach to get a win in his debut. The last five head coaches have gone 3-2 with Joe Gibbs 2.0, Steve Spurrier, and Shanahan winning and Marty Schottenheimer and Jim Zorn losing.

—Gruden is undefeated in openers as a head coach and coordinator at various levels. His teams won two Arena Football League games, two UFL games, and the Bengals won in his first game as their offensive coordinator.

—The last time the Redskins played in Houston (9/24/06), QB Mark Brunell completed 22 consecutive passes, an NFL record for consecutive completions in one game (since broken).

—The last time the two teams played in Washington the Redskins ran for 18 yards on 17 carries an Donovan McNabb had 101 yards passing on one drive (an statistical oddity thanks for a sack and a penalty on the drive). Houston won 30-27 in overtime.

If you have any questions about what's going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I'll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I'm always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Today’s schedule: Redskins vs. Texans 1:00 p.m., FOX

—It’s been 252 days since the Redskins played a game; today they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 7; Redskins @ Eagles 14; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 18

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?