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.
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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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