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    • Game Notes: Redskins vs. Saints 2015

      Game Notes: Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints

      • The Washington Redskins defeated the New Orleans Saints, 47-14, in front of an announced crowd of 75,086 people at FedExField on Sunday.
      • The Redskins’ 47 points and 33-point margin of victory were the team’s most in each category since recording 52 points in a 35-point win against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 23, 2005 (52-17).
      • With seven games remaining in the 2015 regular season, the Redskins have already matched their win total from a season ago (four).
      • The Redskins are now 4-1 at home this season. They extended their home winning streak to four games for the first time since 2012 (Weeks 11-17).
      • The Redskins have posted four wins in their first five home games in a season for the first time since 2005, when the Redskins sprinted out to a 4-0 mark in their first four home games en route to a 10-win season and a playoff berth.
      • The Redskins gained 514 offensive yards on 59 plays, the team’s highest yardage total since a 559-yard effort against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 10, 1991.
      • The Redskins averaged 8.7 yards per play. The last time the Redskins averaged at least eight yards per play in a single game was Sept. 29, 1996 against the New York Jets (8.3).
      • The Redskins eclipsed the 500-yard mark on offense for the first time since posting 511 yards of offense at Philadelphia in Week 3 last season.
      • The Redskins gained 213 rushing yards, eclipsing the 200-yard mark for the first time since Nov. 3, 2013 vs. San Diego (209 yards, including overtime).
      • The Redskins scored on eight of their 10 drives in the game. From the second quarter to the fourth quarter, the Redskins scored on six consecutive drives. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, prior to Sunday, the last time the Redskins had scored on six consecutive drives in a single game was on Dec. 30, 2001, a game also played against the New Orleans Saints.
      • The Redskins converted 6-of-11 third downs (54.5 percent), the team’s best third-down conversion percentage in a game since Nov. 7, 2013 at Minnesota.
      • The Redskins held Saints quarterback Drew Brees to 209 passing yards. Brees entered the game averaging an NFL-best 345.4 passing yards per game. As of the conclusion of Sunday’s 1 p.m. games, the Redskins remain one of three teams to have not allowed a 300-yard passer this season.
      • Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-25 passes for 324 yards with a career-high four touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 158.3.
      • Cousins’ perfect passer rating (158.3) was the Redskins’ first perfect passer rating among quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts in records available dating back to 1950.
      • Cousins posted the first perfect passer rating (158.3) of any NFL quarterback this season with a minimum of 20 attempts.
      • Cousins finished the first quarter 9-of-9 for 116 yards and two touchdowns for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. He became the first Redskins quarterback to post a perfect passer rating in a first quarter with at least nine attempts in records available dating back to 1991.
      • Cousins’ two first-quarter touchdown passes marked the first time the Redskins had thrown two passing touchdowns in the opening frame since Cousins accomplished the feat in Week 3 last season at Philadelphia.
      • Cousins opened the game 10-for-10 for 127 yards prior to his first incompletion of the game in the second quarter.
      • Cousins completed 17-of-20 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns in the first half for a perfect passer rating of 158.3. The Redskins have had a quarterback record a perfect first-half passer rating in each of their last two meetings with the Saints (Robert Griffin III, Week 1 in 2012).
      • Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback to throw three first-half touchdown passes since Robert Griffin III on Nov. 7, 2013 at Minnesota. He was the first Redskins quarterback to through four touchdowns in a game since Griffin on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 against the Dallas Cowboys.
      • Cousins’ 295 first-half passing yards were the most by a Redskins quarterback in the opening two quarters of a game in records available dating back to 1991.
      • With the performance, Cousins surpassed 5,000 career passing yards, becoming the 15th Redskins quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards with the team all-time.
      • With his second touchdown of the day, Cousins became the 16th quarterback in franchise history to record 30 touchdown passes with the Redskins.
      • Cousins posted his seventh career 300-yard passing game. It was his third 300-yard passing game of the season, surpassing his previous single-season career highs of two, set previously in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
      • Running back Matt Jones recorded a team-high and career-high 131 receiving yards on three receptions. He became the first Redskins running back to record a 100-yard receiving day since Nov. 6, 2011 (Roy Helu, 105 yards vs. San Francisco).
      • Jones’ 131 receiving yards were the most by a Redskins running back since Dec. 16, 1962 (Dick James, 140 yards).
      • Jones also added 56 rushing yards on 11 carries.
      • Jones recorded his first career receiving touchdown in the second quarter, scoring on a career-long 78-yard touchdown reception.
      • Earlier in the game, Jones had recorded a then-career-long 29-yard reception in the first quarter.
      • According to Director of NFC Football Communications Randall Liu, Jones’ 78-yard touchdown marked the longest by a Redskins running back since Larry Brown on Nov 5, 1972 against the New York Jets (89 yards).
      • The 78-yard touchdown from Cousins to Jones was the longest passing touchdown by the Redskins since Cousins’ 81-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson in Week 3 at Philadelphia last season.
      • Tight end Jordan Reed recorded two receiving touchdowns on three receptions, gaining 29 yards.
      • The Redskins opened the scoring with a 10-play, 96-yard touchdown drive. The scoring drive was the Redskins’ longest since a 97-yard drive on Dec. 3, 2000 vs. the New York Giants.
      • The drive culminated with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Reed. At that point, the passing touchdown was the Redskins’ longest of the season.
      • The touchdown pass set a new single-season career high for Cousins and extended his career-long streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to nine.
      • Cousins became the first Redskins quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in each of the first nine games of a season since Joe Theismann in 1983.
      • With the receiving touchdown, Reed became the first member of the Redskins to record a touchdown reception in three straight games since Pierre Garçon in Weeks 12-14 of the 2012 season.
      • Reed became the first Redskins tight end with a touchdown catch in three straight games since Fred Davis accomplished the feat across four games in Weeks 12-15 of the 2009 season.
      • Reed added another touchdown on an eight-yard pass from Cousins in the third quarter.
      • The touchdown receptions were the eighth and ninth of Reed’s career and extended his career high in receiving touchdowns this season to six.
      • The multi-touchdown game was the second in the lasts three games for Reed. He became the first Redskins tight end to post multiple two-touchdown games in a single season since Jerry Smith in 1970.
      • Wide receiver Jamison Crowder recorded his first career touchdown reception on an 11-yard pass from Cousins in the first quarter.
      • With the touchdown passes to Crowder and Jones, the Redskins had two rookies record a touchdown reception in a single game for the first time since Nov. 15, 2010 (Darrel Young and Keiland Williams vs. Philadelphia).
      • Wide receiver DeSean Jackson recorded a 42-yard reception on the team’s first offensive possession. It was Jackson’s 49th reception of 40 yards or more since entering the NFL in 2008, the most in the league in that timeframe.
      • Safety Dashon Goldson scored the team’s first defensive points of the season, returning an interception of Brees 35 yards for a touchdown.
      • The interception was Goldson’s first as a member of the Redskins and the 16th of his career.
      • The interception return for touchdown was the second of Goldson’s career and his first since Dec. 12, 2010 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
      • The interception return for touchdown was the first by a member of the Redskins since Oct. 27, 2013 (DeAngelo Hall, 26 yards at Denver).
      • Linebacker Perry Riley, Jr. recorded his first interception of the season – the second of his career – in the fourth quarter.
      • The Redskins recorded two interceptions, marking the team’s second multiple-interception game this season (Week 5 at Atlanta).
      • With the two takeaways, the Redskins have now recorded multiple takeaways four times in a five-game span for the first time since Weeks 4-8 of the 2010 season.
      • In the second quarter, defensive end Stephen Paea recorded his first full sack as a member of the Redskins, dropping Brees for an eight-yard loss.
      • Defensive end Chris Baker split a sack with linebacker Trent Murphy in the second quarter, extending Baker’s career-high sack total this season to 4.0.
      • Kicker Dustin Hopkins converted a career-high 4-of-4 field goal attempts and has now converted a career-best 10 consecutive field goal attempts.
      • Running back Alfred Morris gained a team-high 92 rushing yards on 15 carries. His 92 yards were his most in a game since posting 121 rushing yards in Week 1.
      • The Redskins gained 394 net yards in the first half, the team’s highest total since a 419-yard first half against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII on Jan. 31, 1988.
      • The Redskins’ 394 net yards in the first half were more than the team’s full-game total in seven of its previous eight games this season.
      • The Redskins’ 272 net passing yards in the first half were their highest total in records available dating back to 1991.
      • The Redskins also rushed for 122 yards in the first half, their most since a 132-yard first half against St. Louis.
      • The Redskins did not turn the ball over for the first time this season. It marked Washington’s first game without a turnover since Week 5 last season vs. Seattle.
      • The win marked the Redskins’ 596th all-time victory, including postseason play.
      • The Redskins pushed their all-time series record with the Saints to 17-8. Washington has earned victories in four of their last five games against the New Orleans.
      • Including a win vs. Tampa Bay in their previous home game in Week 7, the Redskins earned wins against consecutive NFC South opponents for the first time since defeating New Orleans and Tampa Bay in 2012.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Game Notes: Redskins vs. Saints 2015 started by Boone View original post
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