Before the Redskins kickoff tonight with Monday Night Football, here is a look at benchmarks to keep an eye on, as compiled by Washington Redskins Public Relations.
• The Redskins improving to 25-19 in season openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and pushing their season-opener winning streak to four games, the team’s longest streak since 2002-05.
• The Redskins pushing their regular season winning streak dating back to last season to eight games, the team’s longest since winning 11 straight games during the 1991 season.
• The Redskins improving their all-time record on Monday Night Football to 28-34 and pushing their home record on the program to 18-15.
• The Redskins making their season debut in prime time for the second time in the Shanahan era, including a 13-7 home win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 of the 2010 season.
• The Redskins opening the season against a divisional opponent for the fifth time since NFL realignment in 2002. Washington is 2-2 in those games, none of which were against the Eagles.
• The Redskins improving to 7-3-1 in season openers against the Eagles.
• The Redskins extending their regular season winning streak at FedExField to five games, which would be the team’s longest since winning five consecutive home games across the 2004-05 seasons.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan:
• Head Coach Mike Shanahan tying Tom Landry (16) for the most wins in season openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Shanahan is currently 15-4 in Week 1 games as an NFL head coach.
• Shanahan becoming the first Redskins coach since George Allen to win his first four season openers with the team. Allen won his first six season openers with the Redskins from 1971-76.
• Tight end
• Wide receiver
• Fletcher retaining his title as the NFL’s active Iron Man by playing in his 241st consecutive regular season game, pulling him two games shy of tying Bill Romanowski’s record by a defensive player since the 1970 merger (243).
• Fletcher intercepting a pass to tie Rich Milot (13) for the fourth-most interceptions by a linebacker in team history.
• Hall registering an interception to become the fifth active player to reach 40 picks for his career (Ed Reed, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey and Asante Samuel).
A Win Tonight Would...
… tie Mike Shanahan with Tom Landry (16) for the most Week 1 wins by an NFL head coach since the 1970 merger.
… extend the Redskins’ regular season winning streak to eight games, dating back to last season, the team’s longest since winning 11 straight games during the 1991 season.
… make the Redskins 41-37-4 all-time in season openers and 25-19 in season openers since the 1970 merger.
… be the Redskins’ sixth straight win against NFC East opponents. The Redskins’ current five-game streak against division foes is already the team’s longest since NFL realignment in 2002.
… give the Redskins three straight wins against the Eagles for the first time since winning four straight across the 1985-87 seasons.
… push the Redskins’ all-time record against the Eagles to 82-70-5 including postseason games. The Redskins’ current 81 wins are their most against any opponent.
… make the Redskins 28-34 all-time on Monday Night Football.
… improve the Redskins to 18-15 all-time in home games played on Monday Night Football.
… represent wins in consecutive Monday Night Football appearances for the Redskins for the first time since 1991. The Redskins’ won their last Monday night game, a 17-16 win against the New York Giants last season.
… give Shanahan his 176th career victory as a head coach, including postseason games.
… be Shanahan’s 168th career regular season victory as a head coach.
… push Shanahan to 17-16 all-time on Monday Night Football.
… extend Shanahan’s career record against the Eagles to 6-4 and make him 19-14 against the teams that currently comprise the NFC East.