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Preseason Week 2: Redskins (1-0) vs. Bills (0-0)

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Gameday Graphic for Game on 8/9/2008

The Redskins continue their preseason schedule on Saturday, Aug. 9 when they host the Buffalo Bills at FedExField. Kickoff is 7 p.m. ET.

It is the Redskins' first home game of the 2008 season.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 91,704.

The game will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet and WUSA-TV Channel 9. Mike Patrick will call the play-by-play, with color commentary by Joe Theismann. Kelli Johnson serves as sideline reporter.

On radio, the game will be broadcast on ESPN 980. Larry Michael handles the play-by-play with color commentary by Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. Rick "Doc" Walker will serve as sideline reporter.

Washington is coming off a 30-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3.

The Redskins benefited from near-flawless quarterback play, with Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Colt Brennan and Derek Devine combining for 19-of-22 passing for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

The win put an exclamation point on a weekend highlighted by the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinements of Darrell Green and Art Monk.

The Bills are playing their first preseason game of the 2008 season.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos. Redskins Bills
WR 89 Santana Moss 83 Lee Evans
LT 60 Chris Samuels 68 Langston Walker
LG 66 Pete Kendall 66 Derrick Dockery
C 61 Casey Rabach 67 Melvin Fowler
RG 77 Randy Thomas 60 Brad Butler
RT 76 Jon Jansen 73 Kirk Chambers
TE 47 Chris Cooley 84 Robert Royal
WR 82 A. Randle El 82 Josh Reed
QB 17 Jason Campbell 5 Trent Edwards
FB 45 Mike Sellers 47 Gijon Robinson
RB 31 Rock Cartwright 41 Darian Barnes
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Bills
DE 99 Andre Carter 90 Chris Kelsay
DT 96 Cornelius Griffin 99 Marcus Stroud
DT 64 Kedric Golston 95 Kyle Williams
DE 92 Demetric Evans 94 Aaron Schobel
SLB 53 M. Washington 55 Angelo Crowell
MLB 59 London Fletcher 51 Paul Posluszny
WLB 50 Khary Campbell 59 Kawika Mitchell
LCB 24 Shawn Springs 33 Jabari Greer
RCB 27 Fred Smoot 24 Terrence McGee
SS 23 Reed Doughty 20 Donte Whitner
FS 30 LaRon Landry 30 Ko Simpson
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Bills
P 4 Derrick Frost 8 Brian Moorman
K 6 Shaun Suisham 9 Rian Lindell
H 4 Derrick Frost 8 Brian Moorman
LS 71 Ethan Albright 72 Ryan Neill
KOR 31 Rock Cartwright 24 Terrence McGee
PR 82 A. Randle El 11 Roscoe Parrish

REDSKINS-BILLS SERIES HISTORY

Washington and Buffalo have met 11 times in preseason play, with the Redskins holding a 6-5 edge. The last time the Redskins and Bills met in preseason was in 1999 at FedExField. (The Redskins won 20-19.)

In the regular season and postseason, the Redskins and Bills have met 11 times, with Buffalo holding the overall advantage 7-4.

The Bills have won the last five meetings since falling to Washington 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI.

In that game, Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien threw touchdown passes to Earnest Byner and Gary Clark and Gerald Riggs rushed for two touchdowns. The Redskins' defense dominated, limiting Thurman Thomas to just 13 yards on 10 carries and sacking Jim Kelly five times.

The last time the two teams played was at FedExField on Dec. 2, 2007. The Bills won 17-16 in an emotional game that occurred five days after the death of safety Sean Taylor.

Rian Lindell connected on a last-second 36-yard field goal to give the Bills the win.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2007 STATISTICAL RANKINGS

     </tr>
     <tr>
         <td class="header2">**Offense**</td>
         <td class="header2">**Rank**</td>
         <td class="header2">**Yards/Game**</td>
     </tr>
     <tr>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">Total Offense</td>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">15</td>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">333.4</td>
     </tr>
     <tr>
         <td class="altRow2" height="15">Rushing Offense</td>
         <td class="altRow2" height="15">12</td>
         <td class="altRow2" height="15">116.9</td>
     </tr>
     <tr>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">Passing Offense</td>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">14</td>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">216.4</td>
     </tr>

 </tbody>

Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 8 305.2
Rushing Defense 4 91.2
Passing Defense 16 214.0
BILLS 2007 STATISTICAL RANKINGS

     </tr>
     <tr>
         <td class="header2">**Offense**</td>
         <td class="header2">**Rank**</td>
         <td class="header2">**Yards/Game**</td>
     </tr>
     <tr>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">Total Offense</td>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">30</td>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">277.1</td>
     </tr>
     <tr>
         <td class="altRow2" height="15">Rushing Offense</td>
         <td class="altRow2" height="15">15</td>
         <td class="altRow2" height="15">112.5</td>
     </tr>
     <tr>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">Passing Offense</td>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">30</td>
         <td class="altRow1" height="15">164.5</td>
     </tr>

 </tbody>

Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 31 362.9
Rushing Defense 25 124.6
Passing Defense 29 238.4

NEWS & NOTES: REDSKINS-BILLS

-- Jason Taylor With the Redskins

Defensive end Jason Taylor will make his FedExField debut against a familiar foe. Taylor, who did not play in last Sunday's preseason game against Indianapolis, competed against the Bills twice a year with the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East.

Taylor has 17 career sacks against Buffalo. He has sacked current Bills quarterback J.P. Losman twice.

The Redskins traded with the Dolphins to acquire the six-time Pro Bowler on July 20.

Taylor and Andre Carter are one of three sets of current NFL teammates who both registered double-digit sack totals in 2007. Coincidentally, all three duos reside in the NFC East in Dallas's DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis and the New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck.

Taylor had 11 sacks last season while Carter had 10.5.

Taylor's 117 sacks are the most among all NFL active players and rank 14th all-time in NFL history.

(The NFL sack leader is former Bills and Redskins defensive end Bruce Smith, who leads with an even 200 sacks. Smith played in Buffalo from 1985-99 and Washington from 2000-03.)

Additionally, Taylor's 100.5 sacks this decade are a league-high, 11.5 more than Michael Strahan's 85 and 26 more than any other active player (Leonard Little, 74.5).

Taylor has also demonstrated a propensity for getting his hands on the football as his 41 forced fumbles are 10 more than any other current NFL player (Dwight Freeney and Little, 31).

-- London Calling

Middle linebacker London Fletcher played for the Bills from 2002-06 and led the team in tackles every season.

He had his best season with the Bills in 2006, recording 157 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Fletcher has been one of the NFL's most consistent and productive defensive players throughout his 10-year career.

That continued last season, his first in the nation's capital, as the 5-foot-10, 245-pound Fletcher was named a first-alternate to the Pro Bowl after starting all 17 of the team's games and leading the Redskins with 164 tackles.

Fletcher has now opened 119 straight league contests, a figure which ranks eighth among active players.

Last year also marked the ninth straight in which he recorded at least 100 tackles, dating back to 1999 when he was in his second season with the St. Louis Rams.

That streak is topped only by Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks and Kansas City's Donnie Edwards, who have reached the plateau in 12 consecutive campaigns.

-- Redskins' Coaching Connections to Buffalo

The Redskins have a host of coaches who have spent time with the Buffalo Bills.

Redskins' secondary coach Jerry Gray spent five seasons with the Bills, including a stint as defensive coordinator, from 2001-05.

Redskins' safeties Steve Jackson coached in Buffalo from 2001-03.

And Redskins' special teams coordinator Danny Smith held the same position with the Bills from 2001-03.

-- Collins And the Bills

Quarterback Todd Collins played for the Bills from 1995-97. He started 13-of-14 games for the Bills in 1997 and 17-of-28 games during his three-year stint.

Collins was selected in the second round (45th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Bills.

-- 'Gibby'

Bills backup quarterback Gibran Hamdan was a seventh-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2003. He threw his only NFL pass in the Redskins' 2003 season finale.

Hamdan, who was called "Gibby" by then-Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier in 2003, previously had a two-year stint with the Seattle Seahawks, where his position coach was Jim Zorn.

-- Jauron and Blache

Bills head coach Dick Jauran have spent a lot of time on the same sidelines through their NFL coaching careers.

Jauron and Blache were on the Chicago Bears coaching staff from 1999-2003. Their careers also overlapped in Green Bay, where Jauron was an assistant from 1986-94 and Blache was an assistant from 1988-93.

-- Book of Moorman

Bills punter Brian Moorman is one of the NFL's best. He has a career punting average of 43.07, best in Bills franchise history.

Moorman is familiar to Redskins fans in another way. During the 2007 Pro Bowl (following the 2006 season), Moorman tried a fake punt. He rolled left and at the line of scrimmage he was leveled by the late Sean Taylor for no gain.

-- FedExField Attendance

FedExField is the largest stadium in the NFL with 91,704 seats. It is more than 11,000 seats ahead of the second biggest stadium, Giants Stadium.

The Redskins set a single-game attendance record--90,910--in the Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

-- Bills Special Teams

Buffalo has played 92 consecutive games without having a kick blocked. The last time the Bills had a kick blocked was in 2002.

The Bills are the only NFL team to play the last five years without a blocked kick. They have had 798 punts and field goals in that span.

-- Preseason Record

The Redskins are 106-125-2 all-time in preseason play, including the Aug. 3 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the Hall of Fame game.

Last year, Washington was 2-2 in the preseason.

-- What's Next?

After the Bills preseason game, the Redskins travel to the Meadowlands on Saturday, Aug. 16 to play the New York Jets. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet and WUSA-TV Channel 9.


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE BILLS

  • Bills assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown played for the Redskins from 1989-95 and 2004-05. He also served as a special assistant coach in 2006.
  • Bills defensive backs coach George Catavolos held the same position with the Redskins from 2002-03.
  • Left guard Derrick Dockery played for the Redskins from 2003-06. Dockery was a third-round draft choice (81st overall) by the Redskins in 2003.
  • Tight end Robert Royal played for the Redskins from 2002-05. Royal was a fifth-round draft choice (160th overall) by the Redskins in 2002.
  • Quarterback Gibran Hamdan played for the Redskins in 2003. He also spent the 2004 offseason with the club. He was the Redskins' seventh-round draft pick in 2003.
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