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Redskins vs. Giants: Fast facts for Washington's season finale

December 31, 2010 - 12:36 PM
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Anthony Armstrong needs 13 receiving yards to surpass the 800-yard mark and along with Santana Moss give the Redskins their first 800-plus-yard receiving tandem since 1999. (Photo: Associated Press)

The Washington Redskins on Sunday close out the season at home against a very familiar opponent in the New York Giants, the team they have actually faced more than any other in franchise history.

In addition to finishing 7-9, which would be a three-game improvement over last season, the Redskins have a shot at some other milestones on Sunday. Here are some fast facts for Washington's Week 17 matchup:

> The Redskins and Giants will meet for the 156th time, making them each other’s most common opponent in each franchise’s history. Also, the divisional rivals will close their regular season schedules against each other for the 15th time.

> The Redskins are still seeking their third NFC victory of the season.

> Hopefully it doesn’t come down to this, but the Redskins can tie an NFL record by playing in their fifth overtime game this season. The Redskins also would tie an NFL record if they were to win a fourth overtime game in a season.

> The Redskins now have 26 takeaways, which is the most they have had since 2005 (28). The last time the Redskins’ defense forced more than 28 turnovers in a season was 2003 (30).

> Mike Shanahan has a chance to earn his 161st victory as an NFL head coach. That total would tie him with Bill Cowher for 15th on the all-time list.

> Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong can add to his total of three receptions of 50 yards or more, which ranks third in the NFL

> Armstrong enters the game with 787 yards on the season and 13 receiving yards on Sunday would give the first-year player 800. Armstrong needs eight catches to reach the 50-catch mark. If Armstrong can surpass the 800-yard mark, and with Santana Moss already having 1,041 yards, it would be the first time that two Redskins receivers have topped 800 yards in the same season. The last tandem to do so was Michael Westbrook (1,191) and Albert Connell (1,132) in 1999.

> If Armstrong and Chris Cooley (796 yards) can both hit the 800-yard mark on Sunday, it would be the first time since three Redskins players have each recorded at least 800 yards since 1989 when Gary Clark (1,229), Art Monk (1,186) and Ricky Sanders (1,138) did so.

> Cooley needs seven catches to move past Jerry Smith (421) for fifth place on the Redskins’ franchise receptions leaders list. Cooley, who currently has 415 catches as a Redskin, also would have more catches than any other tight end in team history.

> Brandon Banks needs 55 punt return yards to move past Eric Metcalf’s total of 412 (2001 season) as the most recorded by a Redskins player since Brian Mitchell amassed 506 yards in 1998. Banks currently ranks third in the NFL with 358 return yards.

> Sunday is Banks’ final chance to become the second player in Redskins history to record two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same season. The only player to do so was Eddie Saenz in 1947.

> Linebacker London Fletcher is playing in his 208th straight game, which is tied for the second-longest in NFL history with Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning.

> If Fletcher forces a fumble on Sunday, he would tie his career high of four, which he set in 2001 as a St. Louis Ram.

> Rex Grossman has a chance to become the first Redskins quarterback to pass for eight touchdowns in a three-game span since Mark Brunell did so in 2005.

> With an interception on Sunday, DeAngelo Hall would set a new career-high with seven. And seven interceptions in one season would mark the most by a Redskin since Martin Mayhew had seven in 1990.

> One catch by Santana Moss will give him 85 on the season and set a new career high for the 10th-year veteran.

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