With Baker Mayfield on deck, a look at Washington’s history against QBs drafted No. 1 overall

Washington has already observed one former No. 1 this 12 months, shedding to the 2019 most sensible select, Kyler Murray, and the Arizona Cardinals ultimate week. On Sunday, the staff will glance to get again not off course towards the Cleveland Browns, who’re led by way of the 2018 No. 1 select and Murray’s predecessor at Oklahoma, Baker Mayfield.

With the Los Angeles Rams, who get started 2016 No. 1 select Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (Matthew Stafford, 2009) and Cincinnati Bengals (Joe Burrow, 2020) nonetheless at the time table, Washington may just face 5 quarterbacks this season who had been decided on No. 1 total, which will be the maximum such video games outdoor the department in franchise historical past. There are 8 lively quarterbacks who had been concerned with the highest select; New England’s Cam Newton is the one some of the six with a beginning task no longer scheduled to stand Washington this season.

From 2002 via 2018, Washington performed a minimum of two video games and a mean of four.Four video games each and every season towards groups that began quarterbacks taken No. 1 total, in step with Professional Soccer Reference. In 2010 and 2011, Washington performed seven such video games, and in 4 different seasons right through that span, it performed six. Manning and, at quite a lot of issues, Michael Vick, Sam Bradford, Drew Bledsoe and Vinny Testaverde, beginning at quarterback for groups inside the department contributed to these totals.

Former No. 1 choices have had a large number of good fortune towards the burgundy and gold through the years. Washington is 44-72 in 117 common season video games began by way of the 25 quarterbacks drafted No. 1 total because the 1970 merger. (Washington is 1-1 towards participants of that workforce within the playoffs, shedding to Jim Plunkett in Tremendous Bowl XVIII and beating John Elway in Tremendous Bowl XXII.)

The one quarterbacks picked No. 1 who didn’t get started a minimum of one sport towards Washington earlier than they retired had been Cleveland’s Tim Sofa, who began 59 video games over 5 seasons after the Browns decided on the previous Kentucky megastar with the highest select of the 1999 draft, and JaMarcus Russell, the Oakland Raiders’ most sensible select in 2007. Russell got here on in reduction of Bruce Gradkowski in a loss to Washington in 2009. Sunday’s sport will likely be Washington’s first towards Mayfield.

Eli Manning, who completed his 16-year profession with a 117-117 document, began 29 video games towards Washington from 2004 to 2018, going 19-10 with 33 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman has the second-most begins towards Washington by way of a former No. 1 select with 20, going 12-Eight with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions from 1989 to 2000. The ones longtime opponents are adopted by way of Bradford (7), Vick (6) and Newton, Peyton Manning, Bledsoe, Testaverde and Steve Bartkowski, all of whom have 5 begins towards Washington.

Stafford and Bradford each earned their first profession wins towards Washington of their 3rd profession begins. Stafford threw for 241 yards and a landing in Detroit’s 19-14 win over Washington in Week three of the 2009 season, which snapped the Lions’ 19-game shedding streak. In 2013, Washington went Zero-6 towards QBs drafted No. 1 total, the beginning of a streak of 11 consecutive losses to seven other quarterbacks concerned with the highest select. Jameis Winston’s handiest get started towards Washington got here as a rookie in 2015, and it used to be a memorable one, as Kirk Cousins led the biggest comeback in franchise historical past in a 31-30 win over the Buccaneers at FedEx Box.

More than one video games a 12 months towards quarterbacks drafted No. 1 total didn’t grow to be a normal incidence for Washington till the Cowboys drafted Aikman in 1989. Sooner than then, the quintet of quarterbacks decided on No. 1 from 1970 to 1987 — Terry Bradshaw, Plunkett, Steve Bartkowski, Elway and Testaverde — began a mixed 10 video games towards Washington right through the common season. Washington would play 3 video games in the similar season towards QBs drafted No. 1 for the primary time in 1990, together with two towards Aikman.

Washington hasn’t had the No. 1 select within the Tremendous Bowl generation, however two former No. 1 choices have began at quarterback for the burgundy and gold right through that point. Jeff George, the highest select of the Indianapolis Colts in 1990, went 1-6 with Washington in 2000 and 2001. Smith, the primary select by way of the San Francisco 49ers within the 2005 draft and a present backup in D.C., used to be 6-Four for Washington in 2018 earlier than a knee damage and next an infection just about value him his existence.

QBs Drafted No. 1 Overall vs. Washington -- Since the merger, quarterbacks who were selected with the top pick are 72-44 in 116 regular season starts against Washington. (Stats through Week 2 of the 2020 season.)

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