SERIES HISTORY: 13th regular-season meeting. Series tied, 6-6. Washington won the last game at FedEx Field on Oct. 19, 2014, a 19-17 victory. One memorable game came in 2006, when Vince Young earned his first NFL win as a starting quarterback. Special teams ace Casey Cramer blocked a punt to set up a Tennessee touchdown, and Lamont Thompson intercepted a pass to seal the Titans' 25-22 win.
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Titans will likely keep feeding Derrick Henry as long as he continues to battle and stiff-arm his way to 100-yard games. Henry's sudden burst of success should also improve the Titans' play-action passing game and allow them to have favorable matchups and more single coverage downfield.
Defensively, Tennessee will want to keep Washington running back Adrian Peterson bottled up. The Titans shut down Jacksonville's Leonard Fournette and Giants rookie Saquon Barkley the past two weeks. If they can do the same to Peterson, they can put the game in the hands of quarterback Josh Johnson, who was on the street three weeks ago and hadn't thrown a pass in a regular season game since 2011 until last week.
Washington was great against the run early in the season with defensive ends Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis dominating. That group faded some down the stretch, but rebounded with a great effort last week in a win over Jacksonville. It's not a bad matchup given Tennessee's struggling passing game. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has 11 touchdowns to eight interceptions and might not even reach 3,000 passing yards. He is mobile and that has given the Redskins fits this season, but he's also been sacked 40 times.
Washington has to hold up on the interior of the offensive line. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey has a team-high seven sacks for Tennessee and 15.5 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles.
FRIDAY INJURY REPORT
--OUT: TE Vernon Davis (concussion), WR Maurice Harris (concussion), QB Colt McCoy (fibula), T Ty Nsekhe (knee), TE Jordan Reed (ankle, foot)
--QUESTIONABLE: LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring), C/G Tony Bergstrom (knee, ankle), WR Josh Doctson (lower back), T Austin Howard (hip; reserve/injured), DE Matt Ioannidis (shin), NT Tim Settle (pectoral)
--OUT: LB Sharif Finch (shoulder), RB David Fluellen (knee), LB Brian Orakpo (elbow), TE Cole Wick (shoulder)
--QUESTIONABLE: WR Tajae Sharpe (ankle)
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
--Titans QB Marcus Mariota vs. Redskins LB Zach Brown. Brown is a former Titan, who blossomed after he departed Tennessee as a free agent. Mariota will need to make the right reads against the Redskins defense and try to take advantage of opportunities in the passing game as well as run occasionally on his own to complement Derrick Henry's production.
--Titans WR Corey Davis vs. Redskins CB Josh Norman. Norman is the best of the Redskins' cornerbacks, and likely will draw Davis for a good part of the game. The Titans, even though they have been reliant on Derrick Henry of late, can't forget about getting the ball into Davis' hands when possible to open things up down the field.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Titans RB Derrick Henry. He followed up his record-setting 238-yard effort against Jacksonville with a 170-yard performance against the Giants. Look for the Titans to continue to ride Henry as long as he is hot. The former Heisman Trophy winner has been dominant in his running the past two weeks after a sluggish start this season. He now has 882 yards rushing.
FAST FACTS: REDSKINS QB JOSH JOHNSON passed for 151 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.9 rating last week. Earned 1st career victory as starter & became 4th-oldest QB in SB era to record his 1st win (32 years, 215 days). ... RB ADRIAN PETERSON in 7 road games this season, has 646 scrimmage yards (92.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.). ... WR JAMISON CROWDER has 133 rec. yards (66.5 per game) & TD in his past 2. ... TE JEREMY SPRINKLE had career-high 3 receptions & 2nd-career TD catch in Week 15. ... LB RYAN KERRIGAN had 2 sacks & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles & sack. ... DL JONATHAN ALLEN had 2 sacks in Week 15, his 2nd career multi-sack game. Has 3 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 4. ... LB MASON FOSTER ranks 3rd in NFC with 115 tackles. ... TITANS QB MARCUS MARIOTA has completed 94 of 141 (66.7 pct.) with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 96.4 rating & had rush TD in 5 home games this season. Has 90+ rating in 5 of his past 6 at home. ... RB DERRICK HENRY had 170 rush yards & 2 TDs last week. Is 5th player since 2002 to record 170+ rush yards & 2+ TD runs in consecutive games. Has 408 rush yards & 6 TD runs in his past 2, both most by player in 2-game span in franchise history. ... RB DION LEWIS has rush TD in 2 of his past 4 vs. Was. Is 1 of 2 AFC RBs (JAMES CONNER) with 500+ rush yards (512) & 50+ receptions (53) in 2018. ... WR COREY DAVIS leads team with 57 receptions for 798 yards & 4 TDs. ... WR TAYWAN TAYLOR has 9 catches for 163 yards (81.5 per game) in his past 2 at home. ... DT JURRELL CASEY had FR in Week 15. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack & TFL. ... S KEVIN BYARD had sack, INT & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Since 2017, is 1 of 3 (XAVIEN HOWARD & DARIUS SLAY) with 10+ INTs (11) & 20+ PDs (22). CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 6 PD, sack & INT in 6 home games with Ten.
PREDICTION: In what looms as a duel between running backs Derrick Henry and Adrian Peterson, it's hard to see Josh Johnson winning a second straight road game against a defense that yields the fewest points in the league.
OUR PICK: Titans, 23-16