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WEEK 8:
Redskins (3-3) @ Bills (4-2)

The Redskins travel to Toronto, Ontario in Canada to take on the Buffalo Bills at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is 4:05 p.m. ET.

It's the first time in Redskins franchise history that they will play a regular season game outside of the United States.

The Rogers Centre, formerly known as Skydome, has AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D. The stadium seats 54,000.

Since 2008, Buffalo has played one regular season game in Toronto every season. Overall, the Bills are 0-3 in Toronto in that span.

Sunday's game is the Redskins' first of four against the AFC East this season.

The Redskins are 1-2 in road games so far this season. They lost to the Dallas Cowboys 18-16 at Cowboys Stadium in Week 3, defeated the St. Louis Rams 17-10 at the Edward Jones Dome in Week 4 and lost to the Carolina Panthers 33-20 at Bank of America Stadium in Week 7.

The Bills are 3-0 in home games. They have beaten the Oakland Raiders 38-35, the New England Patriots 34-31 and the Philadelphia Eagles 31-24 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.

Five of the Bills' six games this season have been decided by seven points or less.

The Redskins-Bills game will be televised to a regional audience on FOX. Thom Brennaman calls the play-by-play and Troy Aiman provides color commentary. Pam Oliver patrols the sidelines.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on the Redskins Radio Network. Larry Michael calls the play-by-play with former Redskins and Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff adding color commentary. Former Redskin Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

**OFFENSE**
**Pos.** **Redskins** **Bills**
WR 13 Anthony Armstrong 19 Donald Jones
LT 75 Sean Locklear 77 Demetrius Bell
LG 63 Will Montgomery 67 Andy Levitre
C 58 Erik Cook 70 Eric Wood
RG 66 Chris Chester 60 Kraig Urbik
RT 77 Jammal Brown 79 Erik Pears
TE 83 Fred Davis 84 Scott Chandler
WR 10 Jabar Gaffney 13 Steve Johnson
QB 12 John Beck 14 Ryan Fitzpatrick
FB 36 Darrel Young 38 Corey McIntyre
RB 46 Ryan Torain 22 Fred Jackson

**DEFENSE**
**Pos.** **Redskins** **Bills**
DE 94 Adam Carriker 99 Marcell Dareus
NT 96 Barry Cofield 95 Kyle Williams
DE 72 Stephen Bowen 98 Dwan Edwards
LB 91 Ryan Kerrigan 90 Chris Kelsay
LB 52 Rocky McIntosh 54 Andra Davis
LB 59 London Fletcher 50 Nick Barnett
LB 98 Brian Orakpo 52 Arthur Moats
LCB 23 DeAngelo Hall 24 Terrence McGee
RCB 26 Josh Wilson 29 Drayton Florence
SS 30 LaRon Landry 37 George Wilson
FS 20 Oshiomogho Atogwe 31 Jairus Byrd

**SPECIAL TEAMS**
**Pos.** **Redskins** **Bills**
P 6 Sav Rocca 8 Brian Moorman
K 4 Graham Gano 9 Rian Lindell
H 6 Sav Rocca 8 Brian Moorman
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 65 Garrison Sanborn
KOR 16 Brandon Banks 16 Brad Smith
PR 16 Brandon Banks 28 C.J. Spiller


SERIES HISTORY

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 regular season 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 in the regular season was Dec. 2, 2007 at FedExField.

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.

Washington and Buffalo have met 12 times in preseason play, with the Redskins holding an 8-5 edge.

The last time the Redskins and Bills met in preseason was in 2010 at FedExField, with the Redskins winning 42-17.


TALE OF THE TAPE
 

**REDSKINS 2011 RANKINGS**
**Offense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Offense 14 344.0
Rushing Offense 20 106.8
Passing Offense 16 237.2
**Defense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Defense 12 335.8
Rushing Defense 17 117.5
Passing Defense 11 218.3

**BILLS 2011 RANKINGS**
**Offense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Offense 10 378.5
Rushing Offense 4 141.0
Passing Offense 15 237.5
**Defense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Defense 31 420.5
Rushing Defense 30 135.7
Passing Defense 30 284.5


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE BILLS

Defensive coordinator George Edwards served in the same role with the Redskins in 2003 working under then-head coach Steve Spurrier. He was previously assistant defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Redskins in 2002.

Secondary coach George Catavolos was defensive backs coach for the Redskins from 2002-03.

Wide receivers coach Stan Hixon served in the same role with the Redskins from 2004-09. He coached under Joe Gibbs from 2004-07 and Jim Zorn the last two years.

Backup guard Chad Rinehart played for the Redskins from 2008-10.


REDSKINS-BILLS NEWS & NOTES

-- London Calling

Middle linebacker London Fletcher played for Buffalo from 2002-06 and led the Bills defensein 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.

Asked this week about why the Bills let him go via free agency in 2007, Fletcher replied: "I don't know what the thought process was when I left there, maybe they thought I didn't have too many more years left in me. It worked out where I ended up coming to Washington and I was able to play five more seasons and play at a high level."

Fletcher has been one of the NFL's most consistent and productive defensive players throughout his 14-year career.

That continues this season, his fifth in the nation's capital, as the 5-foot-10, 245-pound Fletcher has earned Pro Bowl berths each of the last two years.

Last year also marked the 13th 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.

Fletcher enters this Sunday's game with a streak of 169 consecutive starts, second-best among active players behind Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber.

Fletcher has played in 214 consecutive games, which is tied with Barber for most in the league.

-- Air Traffic Control

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe patrol the Redskins' secondary as two of the top interceptors in the NFL.

Since 2006, Hall has posted 25 interceptions, fourth-most in that span, and Atogwe has 22 interceptions, fifth-most in that span.

Both Hall and Atogwe logged their first interceptions of the season in the Oct. 16 game vs. Philadelphia.

Atogwe's 44 forced turnovers, which includes 22 forced fumbles, is the most since 2006.

Hall earned his third Pro Bowl nod last year after finishing tied for fifth in the NFL with six interceptions and tied for first with eight total takeaways.

-- Haslett And the Bills

Before Jim Haslett was a high-profile head coach and defensive coordinator in the NFL, he was a 1979 second-round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills.

Haslett was an inside linebacker for eight seasons in the NFL, seven with Buffalo.

As a rookie, he would go on to win Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1979 and followed that up with an All-Pro selection in 1980.

Haslett is a Pittsburgh native.

He got his coaching start at the University of Buffalo in 1988 where he served as a linebackers coach. He was named defensive coordinator at the University of Buffalo in 1989 and served in that role for two years.

-- Gailey In Buffalo

When last the Redskins saw Chan Gailey in the regular season, he was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1998-99.

Gailey guided the Cowboys to four wins over the Redskins in that span.

Now Gailey is in his second year as head coach of the Bills. He had an offensive coordinator stint with the Miami Dolphins from 2000-01 and was head coach at Georgia Tech from 2002-07.

He was with the Kansas City Chiefs as offensive coordinator in 2008.

-- Beck At Work

Quarterback John Beck makes his second start of the regular season on Sunday vs. Buffalo.

Last week in Carolina, Beck started a regular season contest for the first time since Dec. 30, 2007 when he was a rookie with Miami.

Beck completed 22-of-37 passes for 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His QB rating was 80.8.

Beck is viewing the game as a learning experience, something he can build on in the following weeks.

"Having a real game can not be simulated," he said. "The real game is live bullets. Walking away from it, after the game, looking back saying, 'Okay, what can I pull from this?'

"I can pull so much from that experience just because it was a real game. You try to simulate the real game in practice as best as you can but it's difficult to get the full effect."

-- 'Rocc'-Star

Sav Rocca, the Redskins' 37-year-old Australian punter, is off to a strong start in his first year in Washington. Overall, he is averaging 43.7 yards per punt.

He is second in the NFL with 14 punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

Rocca enters Week 8 with a league-best 41.1-yard net punting average, which if maintained would be the highest average in Redskins franchise history. Matt Turk currently hold hthe single-season record for net punting, having averaged 39.2 net yards in both 1996 and 1997.

"Net is really the team stat that we look at after my punt," Rocca explained. "If I give it as much hang time as possible for these guys to get down there, then they're not going to have any return yards."

Rocca is also one of four punters in the NFL to have zero touchbacks (in a minimum of 20 punts).

-- How the Redskins' 53-Man Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 24 players on the roster that the team drafted, including each of the first-round draft picks (Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo) of the last three years.

Washington has used free agency to acquire 22 players, including Mike Sellers in 2004, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Rex Grossman in 2010 and Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen in 2011.

Four Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes cornerback Byron Westbrook, wide receiver Brandon Banks, tight end Logan Paulsen and offensive tackle Willie Smith

The team has acquired six players via trade: Santana Moss (Jets) in 2005, John Beck (Ravens), Jammal Brown (Saints) and Adam Carriker (Rams) in 2010 and Jabar Gaffney (Broncos) and Tim Hightower (Cardinals) in 2011.

-- Redskins' Strength of Schedule

The Redskins have the NFL's 29th toughest schedule in 2011, according to the NFL. (Or, in other words, the Redskins have the NFL's fourth easiest schedule.)

The Redskins' opponents for the 2011 season produced a 121-135 record last year, a .473 winning percentage.

Only the Arizona Cardinals (.441), Baltimore Ravens (.457) and San Francisco 49ers (.465) have easier schedules than the Redskins.

The Redskins play six games against teams who finished .500 or better in 2010. They play five games against 2010 playoff opponents.

In the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys have the 15th toughest schedule (.504), the Philadelphia Eagles have the 17th toughest schedule (.504) and the New York Giants have the 23rd toughest schedule.

-- On the Road Again

The Redskins will travel 12,342 miles during the 2011 regular season, which is the 22nd most in the NFL. The team's longest road trip of the year is to Seattle on Nov. 27.

The San Francisco 49ers travel the most miles of all NFL teams, at 29,196. Seattle is second at 26,918 and San Diego is third with 26,740. (A trip around the globe is approximately 25,000 miles.)

Among divisions, NFC East teams travel the third-most miles at 61,278, trailing the NFC West (95,346) and AFC West (82,826). Dallas travels the most miles in the NFC East at 20,232.

-- Shanahan File

With the Redskins' Week 4 win over the St. Louis Rams, Mike Shanahan recorded his 163rd career win (regular season and postseason) as a head coach.

Shanahan's career record is 163-114, a .588 winning percentage. That win total is 15th best among all-time NFL head coaches. He surpassed Bill Cowher with the Redskins' Week 2 win over Arizona.

Among active head coaches, Shanahan's record is second only to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who has a 182-101 record.

Shanahan has won games against every NFL opponent. He is 5-2 all-time against the Bills and 3-1 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.

-- Redskins Sack-masters

The Redskins enter Week 8 tied for first in the NFL with 21 sacks. The Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants also have 21 sacks.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker lead the defense with 4.5 sacks so far this season.

The Redskins are on pace for 56 sacks in the regular season, which would be the second-highest single-season total in franchise history. It would be the eighth time the defense has reached 50 sacks in a season.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins return to FedExField to host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

The game is part of the Redskins' annual "Homecoming" celebration with a special tribute planned for 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hanburger.

The Redskins are 9-14-1 all-time against San Francisco in the regular season and 1-3 in the postseason. Head coach Mike Shanahan has a 3-2 record against the 49ers in his head coaching career.

In the last meeting between the two clubs, on Dec. 28, 2008 in San Francisco, the Redskins lost to the 49ers 27-24.

The Redskins go international for the first time in franchise history when they travel to Toronto to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is 4:05 p.m. ET.

The Redskins last played the Bills in the regular season on Dec. 2, 2007. The Bills won 17-16 at FedExField.

The Redskins are 4-7 all-time against the Bills and have lost the last five meetings.

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