The Washington Times - November 3, 2013, 09:52AM

The Washington Redskins are hoping to start turning around their season Sunday afternoon when they play host to the San Diego Chargers for the first time since 2005.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III is coming off one of the worst performances of his short career, and he’ll look to rebound against a Chargers pass defense that is among the worst in the league. He completed just 15 of his 30 attempts for 132 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 45-21 road loss to the Denver Broncos a week ago. He didn’t even have a chance to finish that game, leaving in the final six minutes after taking a hard hit from Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.

The Chargers, off last week, are making their third trip to the East Coast thus far this season. They defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7 and are hoping to keep pace with the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the juggernaut Denver Broncos in the race for the AFC West title.

Some other details:


Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (85,000)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Records: Redskins 2-5, Chargers 4-3

Television: CBS (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts)

Radio: ESPN 980-AM (Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, Chris Cooley, Doc Walker)

Weather: 53 degrees, mostly sunny

Lines: Chargers by 1, over/under 51 per Bovada

Projected Starters

Redskins Offense: QB Robert Griffin III, RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Joshua Morgan, TE Fred Davis, FB Darrel Young, LT Trent Williams, LG Kory Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester, RT Tyler Polumbus

Redskins Defense: DE Jarvis Jenkins, NT Barry Cofield, DE Stephen Bowen, OLB Ryan Kerrigan, ILB London Fletcher, ILB Perry Riley, OLB Brian Orakpo, CB DeAngelo Hall, CB David Amerson, SS Reed Doughty, FS Brandon Meriweather

Chargers Offense: QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews, WR Keenan Allen, WR Vincent Brown, TE Antonio Gates, FB Le’Ron McClain, LT King Dunlap, LG Johnnie Troutman, C Nick Hartwick, RG Jeromey Clary, RT D.J. Fluker

Chargers Defense: DE Kendall Reyes, DT Cam Thomas, DE Cory Liuget, OLB Larry English, ILB Manti Te’o, ILB Andrew Gachkar, OLB Jarret Johnson, CB Derek Cox, CB Shareece Wright, SS Marcus Gilchrist, FS Edic Weddle

Injury Report

Redskins: Probable – QB Robert Griffin III (sore left knee), WR Pierre Garçon (unspecified calf injury), DE Stephen Bowen (torn PCL in right knee), SS Reed Doughty (concussion), WR Leonard Hankerson (bruised right foot), TE Logan Paulsen (torn MCL in left knee), NT Chris Neild (strained right calf) and RB Chris Thompson (unspecified left shoulder injury); Questionable – FS Jose Gumbs (sprained left ankle).

Chargers: Probable – OLB Jarret Johnson (strained right hamstring), FS Eric Weddle (unspecified toe injury), DE Lawrence Guy (unspecified toe injury); Questionable – WR Eddie Royal (unspecified toe injury), LG Chad Rinehart (turf toe in right foot); Doubtful – ILB Donald Butler (strained groin); Out – LT Mike Remmers (high right ankle sprain).


All-time: Redskins lead regular-season series, 6-3

Last meeting: Jan. 3, 2010 (Week 17) – Chargers 23, Redskins 20

Offensive ranks: Total – Chargers fourth, Redskins seventh; Passing – Chargers sixth, Redskins 10th; Rushing – Redskins sixth, Chargers 15th.

Defensive ranks: Total – Chargers 23rd, Redskins 29th; Passing – Chargers 26th, Redskins 27th; Rushing – Chargers 16th, Redskins 30th.
Notable connections: Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was a tight end for the Redskins in 1990; Chargers left guard Chad Rinehart played for the Redskins in 2008 and 2009; Chargers cornerback Crezdon Butler played in two games for the Redskins last season; Chargers receiver Eddie Royal played with Redskins running back Evan Royster at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va. and with Redskins wide receiver Joshua Morgan, outside linebacker Darryl Tapp and Will Montgomery at Virginia Tech.