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Need to Know: Notes and numbers—Redskins claim 600th all-time win

Dec 27, 2015, 7:25 AM EDT

Hall TD vs Eagles

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 27, seven days before the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys.

Notes and numbers from Redskins vs. Eagles

PHILADELPHIA—Some notes and numbers from the Redskins’ win over the Eagles.

—The win was the Redskins’ 600th of all time, including postseason. That makes them the fifth NFL franchise to reach that mark (Bears, Packers, Giants, Steelers).

—The Redskins enter Week 17 with a playoff spot secured for the first time since 1999.

—The Redskins went from last place in the NFC East (4-12 in 2014) to first place in one season for the second time in team history (2012).

Kirk Cousins passed for 365 yards, his 11th career game with over 300 yards. That is the third most in team history.

Jordan Reed caught nine passes for 129 yards. He now has 907 yards receiving on the year, the most by a tight end in team history.

Reed also had two touchdown receptions giving him 11 for the year. He is the first receiver/tight end to record 10 or more touchdown receptions in a season since Gary Clark in 1991.

DeAngelo Hall scooped up a fumble and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Hall is the first player in NFL history with five or more fumble return touchdowns and five or more interception return touchdowns.

—Rookie outside linebacker Preston Smith recorded three sacks, the first multi-sack game of his career and the most in a game for a Redskins rookie since Brian Orakpo got four at Oakland in 2009.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.

Days until: Redskins @Cowboys 7; start of NFL playoffs 13

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 27, 2015 at 8:09 AM


    P.S. Kirk, You SPIKE That!

    P.P.S. I keed, I keed. HTTR!

  2. samhuff96 - Dec 27, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Hail to the Redskins!

    Hail Captain Kirk!

    Next question who do they rest for Dallas week!? Goldstein probably bad ribs.
    But there can be only a few who are not banged up to the point that us
    office workers would be not showing up for work.

    • hail74 - Dec 27, 2015 at 8:51 AM

      I was wondering that too because you don’t want to ruin momentum but we’ve got some walking wounded. Rich, is Lichty still on pace to return for playoffs?

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 27, 2015 at 9:14 AM

        I saw Trent limp off. I guess we’ll have to wait for the news conference for the whole report.

        I wouldn’t be shy about resting anyone who could use it. It’s what Belichick does, and he’s pretty successful…

        • skinsgame - Dec 27, 2015 at 10:50 AM

          He came back in and played. Also, I saw him walking around the field in the post game.

    • JOHNNY B - Dec 27, 2015 at 9:16 AM

      Goldson, Hatcher and Trent Williams is my guess. The 3 players that we need the most for the playoffs that are injured. That will be my guess. Dallas has nothing to play for so the we can not afford to lose those 3.

  3. YOU LIKE THAT - Dec 27, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Give everyone off, use all backups. As bad as cowgirls are we still have a chance to win!

  4. JOHNNY B - Dec 27, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    I just heard that Kirk just wanted to put the Eagles out of their misery. So he tried to end the game at half time. Lol

  5. Rich - Dec 27, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    I think resting Williams, Jones, Goldson, Moses and Hatcher would smart. As much as I would like to see Cousins and Reed add to the record books, we need them too much to risk injury as well as Djax, Hall and Breeland. It was so great to see them dominate on an important prime time game. Cousins has progressed so much. I think it was after the 1st Giants game Gruden we couldn’t have one player carry the team. Cousins has for the past few weeks. People always point to him only being a 4th round pick. He actually had a bad senior year. If he had come out the year before, I remember some draft magazines saying he could go top five. I’m a U of M fan and Cousins used to kill us. Glad he’s on our team and is reaching his potential.

    • kenlinkins - Dec 27, 2015 at 10:56 AM

      So you are a fan of “That Team Up North”? Well, you have a great holiday anyways.

  6. skinsgame - Dec 27, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I really do love the hate from the rest of the media. Faulk on the post game show saying, “Not to take anything away from the Redskins but…”. Dungy for weeks going on about the Giants winning the division in next weeks finale against Philly. SB Nation has a few articles rife with misery that the Redskins are going to the playoffs and reminding everyone how awful the NFC East is.
    Come playoff time, some team will discover the Redskins are no easy out.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      I hear dat!

      My guy Nate Silver’s “538” site had the Giants(1496), Eagles(1493) AND the Cowboys(1459) all ranked AHEAD the Redskins(1456) of going into this weekend on their “Elo-based” rating system!! (Don’t ask me to explain their list. It does take my respect for Nate’s stuff down a notch, tho. :^} )

      But ya know what— as I said before I will take the Skins being disregarded and disrespected for the foreseeable future. They do seem to thrive on that situation, don’t they??

      • ET - Dec 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM

        I’m usually into Nate Silver, but that is some horsesh!t :)

        The Skins have clearly been on the upswing the past few weeks (Cousins’ numbers are lookin’ great recently, among others), and a failure to take trendlines into account seems like a major oversight.

        (PS: hey, hey Preston Smith!)

    • skinsgame - Dec 27, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      It’s even worse today. Brian Billick basically trashed them. Called them a bad team. I have never wanted a playoff victory more. This is exactly why I don’t like pre-game and post game shows.

      • brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        That old washed-up flash-in-the-pan one-trick-pony (hyphens RULE!) of a HC musta been drunk again, right?! LOL

        Jk,jk …. I don’t really know if BB is a drunk. (At least, I’m not sure.)

        • skinsgame - Dec 27, 2015 at 9:09 PM

          Your tepid accusation is good enough for me. Brian Billick is a vodka swilling lush.

  7. Skulb - Dec 27, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    About the kneel down they are obviously covering for Josh who used the wrong count, again. They know he’s struggling and refuse to throw him under the bus in front of the media. Nobody was ready for that snap. Go look at the replay. It got snapped with people looking in all sorts of directions, clearly not set to snap. Credit Cousins for accepting all this media hilarity on himself without flinching. A good leader.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      Agreed … saw that too. Think he missed at least one other snap count last nite, too.

      NOT a good sign. Too stressed about assignments to concentrate on the count, maybe? Go figger.

      (Would love to see ‘Steiger get up to speed in time for that playoff game, no?)

    • ET - Dec 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      There are very few players on the ’15 team that I dislike, but LeRib is one of them. Give that clown the hook!

      • brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

        Yeah … Mac’s gotta beef up the competition along the O-line next summer. The fact they hadda keep Josh around at all mighta indicated they were a little short on top-notch depth in that department this season

  8. brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    A GREAT win … after several other great wins! This team has been playing playoff-type games for several weeks now — and performing admirably at it. Hope that bodes well for the actual playoff games!

    I thought this team’s confidence was sky high after the last few wins …. it’s gotta be off the meters today. But hopefully they are still flying under the radar and are being taken lightly by outsiders. I’m envisioning the Seahawks going Apollo Creed on them and blithely ignoring the threat that Rocky was presenting to him … to their peril! Haha

    (Sorry, I saw “Creed” recently, and it’s still stuck on a loop in my head! I was thinking of all the great inspirational themes in it that the Skins could use, but then kept getting nervous about the fact that it was very prominently set in PHILLY!! LOL. Whatta relief)

    Full disclosure, I have had a LOT of insecurity going into all of these recent big games … but my confidence has increased along with the team’s. I now feel so much better about their chances going forward than I did back then.
    Now? ANYTHING can happen.

  9. colmac69 - Dec 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    First off congratulations to team for winning the division…..not expected but a lovely xmas present all same….whatever happens in two wks is gravy

    As for dallas I would rest cousins,,,reed,,,,jackson…Williams from offense……play defensive starters……

    What can u say bout last night that’s not bn said……job compton and foster has bn outstanding….two guys playing the way inside guys meant to play in 3-4….Knighton has shown his worth to team as well as true run stuffer that’s allowing inside guys to clean up the tackles…..smith with a whale of a game

    Reed yet again with monster game….how u stop him on that form? Pierre thomas stepped up to plate…..Garcon with the tough catches….job o-line has done all yr in pass protection with basically 4 rookies from after wk 5….offense is scary…..if running game gets going any defense left in playoffs will have hard time stopping it

    As for cousins I’m really glad he shown what he can achieve……I always thought he had potential on what he displayed last yr despite his well documented problems…..but this yr at every turn he bn asked to step up to the plate he has responded all the time…..his numbers in last 9 games are unreal……big question will b can he show that form over nxt few yrs….with offense xpected to b improved one would think he only going to get better

    B gd to relax and chill out with red zone nxt couple wks knowing we got div title in bag and home playoff game in two wks

    • brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      So true about the guys you mentioned! And just about all of them evolved from question marks (or even liabilities?) to dependable contributors over the last several weeks (Compton … a taxi-squadder? Foster …sitting on his couch?)

      And howzbout Ricky J-F?? His signing was greeted with shrugs last winter, but has ended up making BIG contributions all throughout the season. I also agree that P.Smith is really starting to come on .. and that Pot Roast has quietly done a proper job.

      Speaking of QUIETLY going about one’s business; the fact that nobody hears anything from the Blackmon/Dunbar side of the DB-field is great news! This is one of those times when no news IS good news. LOL

      You give props to Jason Reed. My fellow Nutmegger (along with Knighton & Swaggy, too) is really blowin’ up, right?! Strait beastin’! No doubt the NFL’ll find a way to get him into the Pro Bowl this year. But really, his showing out in the postseason is more important, no?

      (Still wish the Skins could find a way to get that run game hitting on a few more cylinders … but that may not happen soon. Don’t love either the run blocking or the work of Alf during much of the season.)

      And finally I too am gonna enjoy Red Zone the next coupla weeks. I LOVE that mess … as long as there’s not a Redskin going on at that time. (Oops… almost time for kickoff.)

      All in all it was a good Boxing Day, right colmac? Hope you got/gave a nice boxful of goodies. LOL Cheers, mate!

      • colmac69 - Dec 27, 2015 at 5:17 PM

        Yeh gave out sackful goodies to family lol

        GM certainly pulled a few players out pack this season for sure…..missed on a couple but it’s happened wherever he been…..track record is there in building teams up through draft and quality free agents with right characteristics….players see his background and his attitude and it’s paid off this season…looks like guys are willing to go xtra mile this yr…..results are there for all to see…..we are team in east with biggest upswing going forward…..once we get the defense stronger the sky’s the limit

  10. brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    As a big fan of history, I gotta kick outta the Skins becoming the 5th NFL team to win 600 games.

    And that’s not just because they’re the 5th oldest team; they have out-won older teams like the Cardinals (founded in 1920/534 wins) and the Lions(1930/533) as well as their contemporaries, the Eagles(1933/547).

    Considering some of the looooong droughts the Redskins have had between the Sammy Baugh, the George Allen, and the Joe Gibbs eras, that is not too shabby, imho !

  11. goback2rfk - Dec 27, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    I just ordered my NFC East Division Champs hat and long sleeve shirt. Hail Yeah!
    Great Win. Great Season! We actually have a winning record! How about that. I will see yall at FedEx Field in a couple weeks for the big game. httr!

  12. Markamatic - Dec 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    To rest or not to rest. Great debate considering the debate early this season was RGIII or someone else. This is all in Jay’s court. Super Bowl winners have done both and its up to Jay to figure his team out. Do they need the reps and momentum or will rest do the team better than getting reps. No one knows the answer but IMO I say play the starters until it’s time to take them out.

  13. brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Oh yeah … I couldn’t go watch today’s games without mentioning a HUGE play from last nite that it seems we’ve given given short shrift to this morning; the BIG scoop & score by DHall of that that Murray bobble in the 3rd quarter!(Hey didn’t the 3rd stanza use to be the Skins “quarter from Hell”?! LOL! Another problem area that they cleaned up nicely as the season progressed, yo!)

    A total EFF UP by the butterfingered birds — and total HEADS UP by the playmaker Hall!!

    I mean, who here did not love THAT dagger in the Eagles’ heart!! Anyone??

    • brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      Five hours later … and still no one!!

      Tell ya, it’s gonna be unanimous! ;^}

  14. 214hof - Dec 27, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Kirk Cousins quietly putting together the best QB performance in recent (More then a decade) memory.
    31 TDs (26 passing;5 Rushing)
    11 INTs
    3990 yards passing
    99.2 QBR
    69.5 Comp %


  15. kenlinkins - Dec 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    I am guessing that many of us Redskins fans watching the Eagles game last night felt the Yo Yo go up and down many times. From the time the Eagles drove right down and scored after the opening kick off to the following three and out, to the missed extra point, to the failure to gain points right before the half, to seeing wide open Eagles WR’s in the open field, to the long Kick off return, to a quick drive in the 3rd quarter to pull the Eagles to within 6 points, right up until D Hall pick the ball off the ground and ran it for a TD we Redskins fans had our fingers crossed and hoped that the 2016 Redskins would walk away from the cliff. I have stated after the 6th win that the Redskins are in “Bonus” time, anything gained after that win was just up and above what I hoped for from this team. Somehow this team has made it to the play offs and I hope they can gain one play off win before the 2016 season ends. The math tells me that the Redskins should be 9 point under dogs if playing the Seahawks but this team has been so hard for me to gain a true read on that it would not shock me to see the Redskins beat the Seahawks at home. If anyone had told me back in Aug that the Redskins would go 9-7 and win a play off game, I would have offered them 20 to 1 odds and today I am very glad I am not a bookie looking to maybe have to pay off. SO Redskins fans, IMO what has gone so right that the projected 30th team in the NFL is sitting on breaking into the Top Ten? IMO just one word: “Cousins”.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      “The math tells me that the Redskins should be 9 point under dogs if playing the Seahawks”

      Still time to play in Seattle today, but so far the Hawks have been reverting to some of the poor form that has often haunted them during this season. Could it be Minny visiting FedEx??

      But even if it is the Hawks, it will be nice to have them in Landover instead or that hellhole called Qwest Field. Along those lines, I’d love to see an old-school RFK-type atmosphere started at FedEx someday — soon!

  16. goback2rfk - Dec 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM


  17. gasngo14 - Dec 27, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Captain Kirk…..HAIL YAA WE LIKE THAT!!!!

  18. colmac69 - Dec 27, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Interesting nugget bout late games today

    Seattle and greenbay both lose today and minnesota win last two vikings win division with 11-5…..greenbay would b 10-6 same as seattle but gb hold tiebreaker so we would get green Bay at home and watching them today they not very gd

    • brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 7:05 PM

      Skins could somehow get GREEN BAY?! Who knew? I’d sign up for that.

      • colmac69 - Dec 27, 2015 at 7:21 PM

        Yeh…if vikings win vs Nyg then gb nxt wk they 11-5……gb b 10-6 and if seattle lose today best they could get is 10-6 (gb own tiebreaker )…….also seahawks lose nxt wk away to arizona they b 9-7 and locked into 6th seed if vikings win one game

        Would certainly take packers at home for sure……..rams front four destroying seattle o-line

  19. kenlinkins - Dec 27, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    When the Redskins were 3-5 once again, after seeing Kory L, Rogers, Lauvao, Ihenacho, Spaight, Culliver and Galette placed on IR, knowing that the Redskins had already handed RG3 a $16 million option for 2016 that would keep him from the field, watch Amerson, and Forbath being cut, a CB Mitchel’s gambled away and hearing guys like Everett, Blackmon, Mason, Phillips and Carrier were signed in order to finish out the season, then watched as a guy named Dunbar was matched up against some of the best WR’s in the NFL, How many of you were sure this team was on the right track and how many of you questioned the new GM and the head coach? Looking back at this year I have to say that the 2015 Redskins were / are really fun to watch and it was a total shock that they have a winning season & NFC East Title under their belt with the chance to win more games. My hat is off to everyone of them, say what you want about a last place schedule, the mistakes made and a weak NFC East, if you can not see the improvements in almost every area you just do not understand the NFL. While there may still be some big disappointments ready to happen before the seasons ends, and maybe your most beloved Redskin may not be here in 2016, just remember that everyone on the roster helped win this year and forever will be a 2016 Redskin (The year that started the turn around).

  20. brucefan1 - Dec 27, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Re the Skins ” mediocre” record, I take a lot of encouragement out of the fact that both the Seahawks & the Panthers built losing playoff records into subsequent powerhouse seasons. I fancy the Skins being capable of entering that category eventually.

    (But I’m not ready to entertain the notion that they can reproduce what the 9-7 Giants did in the 2011 post-season. That is just TOO crazy, right? Can anything REALLY happen once your in the playoffs??)

    • gasngo14 - Dec 27, 2015 at 11:46 PM

      Well Bruce anything can happen and our skins are playing as good as any team in playoffs so lets hope and cheer them to victory!!!!! At the end of the day though we have had a great season to build off of, the ship has turned.

  21. goback2rfk - Dec 28, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Kirk is rated 7th overall in Total QBR. Pretty crazy stats the man has put up lately. Well done, Captain Kirk ‘franchise’ Cousins. I will say Kirk looked a little scared when the mob surrounded his car at Redskins Park. But hey the man went from zero to hero. Archives

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