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WEEK 10:
Redskins (3-5) @ Dolphins (1-7)

The Redskins travel to Miami to take on the Dolpins on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Sun Life Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

Sun Life Stadium has a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 75,192.

The Redskins are 1-3 in road games this season. Their only road victory came in Week 4 in a 17-10 win over the St. Louis Rams. They have lost at Dallas, at Carolina and vs. Buffalo in Toronto.

The Dolphins are 0-3 at Sun Life Stadium this season. They have not won a home game since Nov. 14, 2010, when they defeated the Tennessee Titans 29-17.

Sunday's game vs. Miami is the Redskins' second against the AFC East this season. They previously lost to the Buffalo Bills 23-0 on Oct. 30 in Toronto.

The Dolphins are 0-1 against the NFC East. They lost to the New York Giants 20-17 on Oct. 30.

The Redskins-Dolphins game will be televised to a regional audience on FOX. Chris Myers calls the play-by-play and Tim Ryan provides color analysis. Jaime Maggio 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** **Dolphins**
WR 85 Leonard Hankerson 19 Brandon Marshall
LT 71 Trent Williams 77 Jake Long
LG 79 Maurice Hurt 68 Richie Incognito
C 63 Will Montgomery 51 Mike Pouncey
RG 66 Chris Chester 72 Vernon Carey
RT 75 Sean Locklear 71 Marc Colombo
TE 83 Fred Davis 80 Anthony Fasano
WR 10 Jabar Gaffney 82 Brian Hartline
QB 12 John Beck 8 Matt Moore
FB 36 Darrel Young 31 Charles Clay
RB 29 Roy Helu 22 Reggie Bush

**DEFENSE**
**Pos.** **Redskins** **Dolphins**
DE 94 Adam Carriker 70 Kendall Langford
NT 96 Barry Cofield 98 Jared Odrick
DE 72 Stephen Bowen 94 Randy Starks
LB 91 Ryan Kerrigan 58 Karlos Dansby
LB 52 Rocky McIntosh 56 Kevin Burnett
LB 59 London Fletcher 55 Koa Misi
LB 98 Brian Orakpo 91 Cameron Wake
LCB 23 DeAngelo Hall 25 Will Allen
RCB 26 Josh Wilson 24 Sean Smith
SS 30 LaRon Landry 37 Yeremiah Bell
FS 37 Reed Doughty 29 Tyrone Culver

**SPECIAL TEAMS**
**Pos.** **Redskins** **Dolphins**
P 6 Sav Rocca 2 Brandon Fields
K 4 Graham Gano 5 Dan Carpenter
H 6 Sav Rocca 2 Bradnon Fields
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 92 John Denney
KOR 16 Brandon Banks 15 Davone Bess
PR 16 Brandon Banks 10 Clyde Gates


SERIES HISTORY

Washington and Miami have played 10 times in the regular season, with the Dolphins holding a 6-4 edge in the series. The Redksins have two of the last three in the series, however.

In the 2007 regular season opener, on Sept. 9, the Redskins defeated the Dolphins 16-13 in overtime at FedExField, thanks to a 39-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham.

The last time Washington visited Miami in the regular season was on Nov. 23, 2003. The Redskins lost to the Dolphins 24-23.

In postseason play, the two franchises are tied at 1-1, with both meetings coming in the Super Bowl.

On Jan. 14, 1973, in the first-ever meeting between Washington and Miami, the Dolphins capped a perfect 17-0 season with a 14-7 victory over head coach George Allen and the Redskins.

Ten years later, the two clubs met again in the Super Bowl. This time the Redskins prevailed. On Jan. 30, 1983, the Redskins defeated the Dolphins 27-17 behind John Riggins' 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to capture the franchise's first NFL championship in 40 years.

The Redskins and 49ers have met 24 times in the regular season, dating back to 1952. The 49ers hold a 14-9-1 lead in the all-time series, but the Redskins have won three of the last five games.


TALE OF THE TAPE
 

**REDSKINS 2011 RANKINGS**
**Offense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Offense 21 318.1
Rushing Offense 28 89.9
Passing Offense 16 228.2
**Defense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Defense 13 341.4
Rushing Defense 21 122.6
Passing Defense 11 218.8

**DOLPHINS 2011 RANKINGS**
**Offense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Offense 19 322.9
Rushing Offense 15 115.6
Passing Offense 24 207.3
**Defense** **Rank** **Yards/Game**
Total Defense 24 375.9
Rushing Defense 14 110.6
Passing Defense 27 265.3


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE DOLPHINS

Head coach Tony Sparano served as Redskins tight ends coach in 2001 under then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan served in the same capacity for the Redskins from 1997-99 under then-head coach Norv Turner.

Assistant head coach-secondary Todd Bowles played safety for the Redskins from 1986-90 and from 1992-93. He started for the Redskins in Super Bowl XXII vs. Denver.

Linebacker Jason Taylor played the 2008 season with the Redskins after he was acquired from Miami via trade during training camp.

Safety Anderson Russell, on the Dolphins' practice squad, alternated between the Redskins' practice squad and roster during the 2010 season. An undrafted rookie, he finished the 2010 campaign on injured reserve.


REDSKINS-DOLPHINS NEWS & NOTES

-- Beck to Work

Quarterback John Beck makes his return to Miami, where he began his NFL career as the Dolphins' second-round draft pick in 2007.

Beck earned his first NFL start with Miami that season. Overall, he played in five games during the Dolphins' disastrous 1-15 campaign. After that season, the coaching staff was let go and Beck soon found himself out of favor with the new coaching staff.

Before the season, Beck had this to say about his time in Miami: "Did I get my opportunity on a sinking ship? Yes, obviously. Did I make mistakes when I went out there? Yes. Did I play like a rookie? Yes. But I learned a lot from it."

He moved on to Baltimore and then, last year, to the Redskins.

Beck has clearly moved on from his time in Miami. He has a new opportunity in Washington and his hope is to make the most of it, even though the offense is clearly struggling.

The learning continues.

"I've seen things here and there where I've definitely felt more comfortable, getting more reps in practice, getting game reps," he said. "There are things in games where I can tell that I'm feeling more comfortable with and a lot of that comes with experience. I am learning from those experiences.

"I'm just trying to get better everyday. That's my main focus right now because right now is today, and I'm trying to do the best that I can right now to help our team win."

-- Call It Florida U.

The Redskins have six players on the roster who attended college in the state of Florida.

Three Redskins hail from the "U," otherwise known as the University of Miami. Wide receivers Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson and linebacker Rocky McIntosh played college football for the Hurricanes.

Quarterback Rex Grossman and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney attended the University of Florida, where they played for former Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier.

Kicker Graham Gano attended Florida State.

-- Davis a Big-Play Threat

Tight end Fred Davis has emerged as the breakout player on the Redskins' offense. Davis has posted 40 catches for 559 yards and two touchdowns to lead the team.

Davis has led the Redskins' offense in receptions in four of their eight games.

Davis is on pace for 80 catches for 1,108 yards and five touchdowns this season.

The receiving yardage total would shatter the current franchise high for a tight end, held by Chris Cooley (849 in 2008 and 2010) and Jerry Smith (849 in 1967).

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

The Redskins have 21 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 21 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.

The Redskins have one player they acquired off waivers: running back Tashard Choice, acquired on Oct. 31. (He was previously with Dallas.)

-- London Calling

London 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. The 5-foot-10, 245-pound Fletcher has earned Pro Bowl berths each of the last two years.

Fletcher enters this Sunday's game with a streak of 171 consecutive starts, second-best among active players behind Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber.

Fletcher has played in 216 consecutive games, which is tied with Barber for most in the league.

Last year also marked the 13th straight in which Fletcher recorded at least 100 tackles, dating back to 1999 when he was in his second season with the St. Louis Rams.

-- 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.

-- 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 163-118, a .580 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 182-103 record.

Shanahan has won games against every NFL opponent. He is just 1-7 all-time against the Dolphins and has never won a road game in Miami.

-- Redskins Sack-masters

The Redskins enter Week 10 ranked third in the NFL with 25 sacks.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo leads the defense with 5.5 sacks so far this season. He is on pace for 11 sacks, the second time in three seasons he would have reached double digits in sacks.

The Redskins are on pace for 50 sacks in the regular season, which would be the sixth-highest single-season total in franchise history.

It would be the eighth time the defense has reached 50 sacks in a season.

-- 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.

-- Cook Family Reunion

Redskins offensive lineman Erik Cook is the younger brother of Dolphins offensive lineman Ryan Cook.

It's the first time the two Cooks have played against each other.

Ryan Cook is a 6-year veteran. He has been inactive for six of the Dolphins' first eight games.

Erik Cook started at center in Weeks 7 and 8 before resuming a backup role on the Redskins last Sunday.

-- What's Next?

It's Dallas Week, part two. The Redskins return to FedExField to face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 20 at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

In Week 3 of this season, the Redskins lost to the Cowboys 18-16 at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins yielded six field goals to the Cowboys, inclduing one late in the fourth quarter, for their first loss of the season.

The Redskins are 38-60-2 all-time in the regular season against the Cowboys in the regular season vs. Dallas and 2-0 in the playoffs.

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