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WEEK 2:
Cardinals (1-0) vs. Redskins (1-0)

Fresh off a season-opening win, the Redskins take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 18 at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 85,000.

The Redskins defeated the New York Giants 28-14 at FedExField in Week 1. Quarterback Rex Grossman completed 21-of-34 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns and rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan intercepted a pass and returned nine yards for a score.

The Cardinals opened the season with a 28-21 win over the Carolina Panthers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Quarterback Kevin Kolb passed for 309 yards and four touchdowns in his Cardinals debut and rookie Patrick Peterson had an 89-yard punt return for a score.

The Redskins-Giants game will be televised locally on FOX. Chris Myers calls the play by play and Tim Ryan provides color commentary.

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. Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

**OFFENSE**
**Pos.** **Redskins** **Giants**
WR 89 Santana Moss 11 Larry Fitzgerald
LT 71 Trent Williams 75 Levi Brown
LG 78 Kory Lichtensteiger 71 Daryn Colledge
C 63 Lyle Sendlein 63 Will Montgomery
RG 66 Chris Chester 70 Rex Hadnot
RT 77 Jammal Brown 72 Brandon Keith
TE 47 Chris Cooley 86 Todd Heap
WR 10 Jabar Gaffney 12 Andre Roberts
QB 8 Rex Grossman 4 Kevin Kolb
FB 36 Darrel Young 35 Anthony Sherman
RB 25 Tim Hightower 26 Beanie Wells

**DEFENSE**
**Pos.** **Redskins** **Giants**
DE 94 Adam Carriker 93 Calais Campbell
NT 96 Barry Cofield 92 Dan Williams
DE/DT 72 Stephen Bowen 90 Darnell Dockett
LB 91 Ryan Kerrigan 55 Joey Porter
LB 59 London Fletcher 58 Daryl Washington
LB 52 Rocky McIntosh 51 Paris Lenon
LB 98 Brian Orakpo 53 Clark Haggans
CB 23 DeAngelo Hall 27 Patrick Peterson
CB 26 Josh Wilson 20 A.J. Jefferson
SS 37 Reed Doughty 26 Adrian Wilson
FS 20 Oshiomogho Atogwe

**SPECIAL TEAMS**
**Pos.** **Redskins** **Giants**
P 6 Sav Rocca 9 Dave Zastudil
K 4 Graham Gano 3 Jay Feely
H 6 Sav Rocca 9 Dave Zastudil
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 82 Mike Leach
KOR 16 Brandon Banks 36 L. Stephens-Howling
PR 16 Brandon Banks 27 Patrick Peterson


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and Cardinals franchises have a long history in the NFL.

Arizona was a division rival in the NFC East prior to NFL realignment in 2002, and the two franchises have played 113 times in regular season play.

The Redskins hold the regular season series lead at 70-42-1. The record includes games against the Cardinals franchise when it was located in Chicago, St. Louis and Arizona.

The Redskins have a seven-game regular season winning streak against Arizona. Prior to that streak, the Cardinals had won three of five contests.

The Redskins are 8-1 all-time against the Cardinals at FedExField.

The last time the two clubs played was on Sept. 21, 2008, at FedExField. The Redskins won 24-17.

Santana Moss led the Redskins' offense with seven catches for 75 yards and one touchdown -- a 17-yard game-winner in the fourth quarter -- and Clinton Portis added a 2-yard touchdown run in the first half.

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had a big game, with seven catches for 109 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown catch in the second half. Otherwise, the Redskins' defense contained the high-powered Cardinals offense.

Rocky McIntosh turned in a strong game, leading the Redskins with seven tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble. Carlos Rogers' interception in the fourth quarter helped set up the Redskins' game-winning score.

The Redskins and Cardinals franchises have played four times in preseason, with the Redskins leading the series 3-1. They played in the preseason on Sept. 2, 2010 at University of Phoenix Stadium and the Cardinals won 20-10.


TALE OF THE TAPE
 

**REDSKINS 2011 RANKINGS**
**Offense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Offense 18 332.0
Rushing Offense 23 74.0
Passing Offense 15 258.0
**Defense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Defense 12 315.0
Rushing Defense 11 75.0
Passing Defense 15 240.0

**CARDINALS 2011 RANKINGS**
**Offense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Offense 9 394.0
Rushing Offense 15 99.0
Passing Offense 10 295.0
**Defense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Defense 29 477.0
Rushing Defense 9 74.0
Passing Defense 31 403.0

FAMILIAR FACES ON THE CARDINALS

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt played for the Redskins as a tight end and H-back from 1989-90. Whisenhunt played nine NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Redskins and New York Jets. In 74 career games, he caught 62 passes for 601 yards and six touchdowns.

Assistant head coach-run game coordinator-offensive line Russ Grimm played guard and center for the Redskins from 1981-91. He also served as tight ends coach for the Redskins from 1992-96 and offensive line coach from 1997-2000.

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton began his NFL coaching career with the Redskins, serving as a defensive assistant and assistant defensive backs coach from 1994-96.

Offensive tackle D'Anthony Batiste played with the Redskins from 2008-09, seeing action in eight games during the 2009 season.

Defensive end Vonnie Holliday played for the Redskins in 2010. Holliday recorded 42 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Redskins.

Backup quarterback Richard Bartel served as the Redskins' third QB in 2009 and was on the roster during 2010 training camp and preseason. Playing for the Redskins in a Sept. 2, 2010 preseason game vs. Arizona, Bartel completed 12-of-14 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown.

Offensive tackle Jeremy Bridges was with the Redskins during 2009 training camp and preseason.


REDSKINS-CARDINALS NEWS & NOTES

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

The Redskins have 23 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 23 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.

-- All About Grimm

Redskins great Russ Grimm was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. Grimm is currently the Cardinals' assistant head coach-run game coordinator-offensive line coach.

An All-American out of Pitt, Grimm was selected by the Redskins in the third round (69th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft and he went on to spend the next 19 years with the organization as player and coach.

Grimm had a remarkable career with the Redskins as a member of the famed "Hogs" offensive line. He started 11 seasons at guard and center and earned four consecutive Pro Bowl berths (1983-86) and was a first-team selection to the 1980s All-Decade Team.

He also helped lead the Redskins to four Super Bowl appearances and three victories.

After his playing days, Grimm began his coaching career as the tight ends coach for Washington, holding that position from 1992-96 before moving to coach the Redskins offensive line from 1997-2000. He coached Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen, the Redskins' bookend tackles most of the last decade.

-- Cooley's Coming On

With two receptions in Sunday's win over the New York Giants, Chris Cooley is now the Redskins' all-time leader in receptions by a tight end.

Cooley has 422 career catches, surpassing the 421 by tight end Jerry Smith, who played for the Redskins from 1965-77.

Cooley's 422 career receptions are also the fifth-most in franchise history. Only wide receivers Art Monk (888), Charley Taylor (649), Gary Clark (549) and Santana Moss (448) have more career catches than Cooley.

To go along with his 422 receptions, Cooley also has 4,659 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns in his career.

Cooley needs 838 more receiving yards to surpass Smith as the Redskins' all-time leader in that category. Smith has 5,496 career receiving yards.

-- Traffic Alerts Via Text Messaging

For the 2011 season, the Redskins are providing traffic alerts via text message, giving fans access to regular updates on the best routes to use to get to FedExField on gameday.

The service provides information on gameday bottlenecks to avoid up until kickoff, as well as announcements on any post-game traffic issues that arise to help fans get to and from the stadium for every home game.

Redskins staff monitor traffic on the Beltway, Landover Road, Arena Drive and Central Avenue to provide up-to-the-minute updates. Fans can opt-in to these alerts by completing the signup form at www.redskins.com/trafficalerts.

The Redskins also have updated route guidance to the stadium to give fans alternatives to Beltway exits 15, 16 and 17, including turn-by-turn guidance so fans from Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia can enter the stadium grounds from the west on either Landover Road or Central Avenue. This information and more can be found online at www.redskins.com/parking.

-- FedExField Goes Green

The Redskins and NRG Energy are bringing renewable energy to FedExField: new solar power installations have been integrated into the stadium and in the parking lots.

The solar power system will provide a portion of the stadium's electricity needs on game days and can generate enough power to serve all of its electrical needs on non-game days.

NRG is installing three different types of solar panels that together will generate two megawatts of electricity. NRG is covering 850 spaces in the Platinum A1 Parking Lot with 8,000 solar panels.

Not only will the solar panels generate power for the stadium, they provide covered parking to protect fans from inclement weather and enhance the tailgating experience on game days.

The installation will include translucent solar panels, sculptures featuring thin film solar technology and 10 electric vehicle charging stations.

-- Shanahan File

With the Redskins' Week 1 win over the New York Giants, Mike Shanahan recorded his 161sr career win (regular season and postseason) as a head coach.

Shanahan's career record is 161-113, a .588 winning percentage. That win total is 16th best among all-time NFL head coaches.

Shanahan is tied with former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher for 15th most NFL victories.

Among active head coaches, Shanahan's record is second only to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who has a 177-100 record.

-- 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.

-- Grossman And 300

Rex Grossman's 305-yard passing performance in the Redskins' season-opening win over the New York Giants on Sept. 11 was his fourth career 300-yard passing game.

Three of his four 300-yard games have come in his hfour starts with the Redskins.

Grossman passed for 322 yards on Dec. 19, 2010 against the Dallas Cowboys and 336 yards on Jan. 2 against the Giants to go along with his performance on Sept. 11.

-- Fletcher's Iron Streak

London Fletcher has proven to be one of the NFL's most durable players through the years.

He has played in 209 consecutive games, which is tied with Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber for most in the NFL.

Fletcher has also made 169 consecutive starts, which is second behind Barber's 183.

-- Slowik Family Reunion

The Slowik family comes together for Thursday night's preseason game in Arizona.

Bob Slowik is the Redskins' secondary coach and his son Bobby is a Redskins video assistant.

One of his other sons, Ryan, is a Cardinals defensive quality control coach.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins' first road trip of the 2011 regular season is a big one: an NFC East tilt against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. The game is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The Redskins are 38-59-2 all-time in the regular season vs. Dallas and 2-0 in the postseason. Head coach Mike Shanahan is 4-2 all-time against the Cowboys, including 1-1 last year with the Redskins.

Former Cowboy and current Redskins defensive lineman Stephen Bowen faces off against his former team for the first time.

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