So much is on the line for the Washington Redskins in their final game of the 2012 season—NFC East title, playoff berth, individual/team records and NFL rookie records.
The Washington Redskins game tonight against the Dallas Cowboys will determine the winner of the NFC East and is the stage for many players to set or tie Redskins team records. Here is a list of team records that could fall based on individual performances in Week 17.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III.
With his first pass, Griffin will surpass a 51-year-old record set by Norm Sneed for passing attempts by a rookie. Should RG3 match or surpass his four touchdown outing in the first Cowboys matchup, he will become only the second 'Skins QB with at least three such games in one season. Sonny Jurgensen had two in the 1960s.
Running Back Alfred Morris.
Morris needs 104 rushing yards to become the 'Skins highest rusher in a season, let alone his rookie year. The current record is held by Clinton Portis with 1,516 yards set in the 2005-06 season.
In addition, with 87 rushing yards Morris can join Portis to become the second running back in team history to surpass the 1,500-yard mark.
Linebacker London Fletcher.
Fletcher has five interceptions in 2012, including one in each of the the last three games. Should he be on the receiving end of a Romo pass Sunday, it will tie him with Sean Taylor for consecutive games with an interception which Taylor set in 2007.
An interception will also tie him with fellow 'Skins linebackers Wilber Marshall and Jack Pardee who each had six interceptions at the linebacker position in a season.
Aside from these individual performances and records, there are several team records that can be set or tied. They include:
Most games without a giveaway.
Should the offense go without a fumble or interception they would set a team record with six games without a turnover. They currently have five games and are tied with the offensive squads from the 1999 and 2008 seasons.
Points per game.
The team has 30-plus points in seven games and would tie a 21-year-old record should they reach that mark against the Cowboys. In the 'Skins six-game winning streak they have averaged 30.3 points per game.
In closing, there are several NFL rookie records that Robert Griffin III should set if his performance against the Cowboys even matches his season average statistically—most of which pertain to turnovers.
These records and Griffin's performance are something that I will follow up upon after the conclusion of the Sunday Night Football game on NBC.
Statistical information provided by Pro-football-reference.com.
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