• Santana Moss needs 58 receptions to become just the fourth wideout to catch 500 passes as a Redskin. The other three: 888 Art Monk*, 1980-93 549 Gary Clark, 1985-92 530 Charley Taylor*, 1966-77 * Hall of Fame Note: Taylor caught 119 passes as a running back early in his career before switching to receiver 10 games into 1966.
• Brian Orakpo, the Redskins' Pro Bowl outside linebacker, has 19.5 sacks in his first two NFL seasons. That's as many as the Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware had (2005-06) and more than Julius Peppers did (19 in 2002-03). Since 2000, only seven pass rushers have had more in their first two years. The top 10: 27 Shawne Merriman, Chargers, 2005-06 24 Dwight Freeney, Colts, 2002-03 23.5 Clay Matthews, Packers, 2009-10 22.5 Terrell Suggs, Ravens, 2003-04 22 Kevin Williams, Vikings, 2003-04 21 Elvis Dumervil, Broncos, 2006-07 20 Jared Allen, Chiefs, 2004-05 19.5 Brian Orakpo, Redskins, 2009-10 19.5 Cameron Wake, Dolphins, 2009-10 19.5 DeMarcus Ware, 2005-06
• Since 2004, the year Chris Cooley broke into the NFL, just eight tight ends have caught 300 or more passes. Cooley, a two-time Pro Bowler, is No. 4 on the list: 601 Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs/Falcons 582 Jason Witten, Cowboys 505 Antonio Gates, Chargers 420 Chris Cooley, Redskins 388 Jeremy Shockey, Giants/Saints 364 Dallas Clark, Colts 362 Kellen Winslow Jr., Browns/Bucs 326 Todd Heap, Ravens
• Mike Shanahan had a great run with Denver from 1996 to '98, compiling a 46-10 record (playoffs included) and winning two Super Bowls. In his other 14 years as a coach, though — with the Raiders, Broncos and Redskins - he's a much more mortal 114-103 (.525), including just one postseason victory (in the second round against the Patriots in 2005).
• In the past decade (2001-10), only six teams have fewer wins than the Redskins (68) and only four have a worse division record (21-41, .339). The clubs with fewer wins: Lions (39), Texans (55), Raiders (58), Browns (59), Bills (62), Cardinals (64). Note: The Raiders (2002) and the Cards (2008) have gone to the Super Bowl in this time. Also, the Texans didn't come into existence until '02. The clubs with worse division records: Lions (12-50, .194), Texans (16-38, .296), Browns (19-45, .297), Bills (20-42, .323).
• The Redskins haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2008, when Clinton Portis went for 1,487. Believe it or not, though, seven teams have gone even longer without one - the Lions (Kevin Jones, 1,133, 2004), Seahawks (Shaun Alexander, 1,880, 2005), Cowboys (Julius Jones, 1,084, 2006), Saints (Deuce McAllister, 1,057, 2006), Broncos (Tatum Bell, 1,025, 2006), Cardinals (Edgerrin James 1,222, 2007) and Colts (Joseph Addai, 1,072, 2007).
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Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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