Redskins showing signs of improvement

The Washington Redskins were breaking a few streaks with their win at Tennessee on Sunday. They still aren't a powerhouse, but the Redskins are showing signs of improvement under new head coach Mike Shanahan.

The Washington Redskins' 19-16 victory this past Sunday at Tennessee didn't just snap their two-game losing streak.

Washington's fifth victory ensured that its first season under coach Mike Shanahan will be more successful than predecessor Jim Zorn's 4-12 farewell. Shanahan's 151st regular season victory tied him with Hall of Famer Steve Owen for 15th place on the all-time list.

The Redskins also improved to 3-2 on the road. Their last winning year on the road was their last Super Bowl championship season, 1991, when they were 7-1 away from home.

The overtime game in Nashville, the third this season, tied a franchise mark set in 1975 while the second overtime victory set a Washington record.

The Redskins had lost four in a row to teams from the AFC South, including earlier defeats this year at the hands of Houston and Indianapolis, with a Dec. 26 date at Jacksonville still to come. Washington hasn't had a winning record vs. the AFC since 2002.

Coordinator Jim Haslett's defense forced two more turnovers against the Titans, raising its takeaway total to 21. The Redskins are on pace for 34 which would equal their most since they recorded 37 during their last NFC East championship season back in 1999.

The Redskins have a plus-6 turnover ratio. Through 10 games last year, they were minus-8.

Beating visiting Minnesota this Sunday would give Washington a winning November (2-1) just the second such November since 2001.

NOTES

  • Coach Mike Shanahan reiterated on Monday that he retains full confidence in Graham Gano although the kicker missed a 51-yard field-goal try at the end of the first half and a 47-yarder at the end of regulation before beating Tennessee with a 48-yarder in overtime.

    Shanahan blamed the missed field goals on poor snaps by first-year man Nick Sundberg.

  • Running back James Davis was excited about being promoted from the practice squad on Monday to replace Chad Simpson, who broke a foot during warmups on Sunday.

    "The cuffs has been taken off the beast," tweeted the 5-11, 218-pound Davis, who carried nine times for 15 yards and caught four passes for five yards in an unimpressive two-game stint for Cleveland in 2009 after being drafted in the sixth round out of Clemson.

  • QB Donovan McNabb passed for 376 yards at Tennessee, moving past Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and into 15th place all-time with 35,495.

  • RB Clinton Portis' 32 rushing yards at Tennessee left him 77 shy of becoming the 25th player in NFL history with 10,000.

  • FB Mike Sellers has 14 catches and 143 yards this season, leaving him just four catches and 33 yards shy of equaling his career highs.

  • WR Santana Moss's six catches at Tennessee tied him with Troy Brown for 80th on the all-time list with 557.

  • WR Anthony Armstrong's 492 receiving yards put him on pace for 787, which would be the most by a Redskins No. 2 WR since Albert Connell had 1,132 in 1999.

  • TE Chris Cooley needs two catches to pass Dallas Clark, Russ Francis, Jackie Harris for 26th place alltime among tight ends with 394.

  • ILB London Fletcher extended his string of consecutive starts to 161 at Tennessee, the fourth-longest streak among active players and 71 more than the nearest LB, Dallas' Bradie James.


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