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Week 10: Redskins (4-5) vs. Titans (5-4)

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The Redskins travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take on the Titans on Sunday, Nov. 21 at LP Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

LP Field is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 69,143.

It's the Redskins' first regular season visit to LP Field since 2002. They played a 2007 preseason game at LP Field in 2007.

The Redskins are 0-2 vs. the AFC South this season. They lost to the Houston Texans 30-27 in overtime in Week 2 and the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 in Week 6.

The Titans are 3-0 against the NFC East this season. They defeated the New York Giants 29-10 in Week 3, the Dallas Cowboys 34-27 in Week 5 and the Philadelphia Eagles 37-19 in Week 7.

The Redskins are 2-2 in road games this season, while the Titans are 2-2 at LP Field.

The Redskins are coming off a 59-28 loss to the Eagles on Monday Night Football at FedExField. They are in third place in the NFC East.

The Titans are tied for second place in the AFC South, but have lost two consecutive games, both on the road. Last week they lost to the Miami Dolphins 29-17.

The Redskins-Titans game will be televised to a regional audience on FOX.

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 Titans
WR 89 Santana Moss 85 Nate Washington
LT 71 Trent Williams 71 Michael Roos
LG 78 K. Lichtensteiger 64 Leroy Harris
C 61 Casey Rabach 54 Eugene Amano
RG 75 Artis Hicks 73 Jake Scott
RT 77 Jammal Brown 76 David Stewart
TE 47 Chris Cooley 80 Bo Scaife
WR 13 Anthony Armstrong 84 Randy Moss
QB 5 Donovan McNabb 10 Vince Young
FB 45 Mike Sellers 45 Ahmard Hall
RB 46 Ryan Torain 29 Chris Johnson
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Titans
DE 94 Adam Carriker 93 Jason Babin
NT/DE 96 Ma'ake Kemoeatu 91 Jason Jones
DE/DT 64 Kedric Golston 97 Tony Brown
LB/DE 99 Andre Carter 98 David Ball
LB 59 London Fletcher 51 Gerald McRath
LB 52 Rocky McIntosh 55 Stephen Tulloch
LB 98 Brian Orakpo 92 Will Witherspoon
CB 23 DeAngelo Hall 20 Alterraun Verner
CB 22 Carlos Rogers 31 Cortland Finnegan
SS 30 LaRon Landry 24 Chris Hope
FS 41 Kareem Moore 33 Michael Griffin
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Titans
P 17 Hunter Smith 6 Brett Kern
K 4 Graham Gano 2 Rob Bironas
H 17 Hunter Smith 6 Brett Kern
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 58 Ken Amato
KOR 29 Chad Simpson 83 Marc Mariani
PR 31 Phillip Buchanon 83 Marc Mariana


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and Tennessee Titans franchise have played 10 games in the regular season, with Tennessee holding a 6-4 advantage in the series.

The Titans franchise originated in Houston as the Oilers, then relocated to Tennessee in 1997. The first meeting betweem the two clubs was Oct. 10, 1971, with the Redskins defeating the Oilers by a 22-13 score at RFK Stadium.

The two clubs last faced off on Oct. 16, 2006, at FedExField. Tennessee won that game 25-22 as quarterback Vince Young made his first NFL start. Kicker Rob Bironas nailed a 30-yard field goal to seal the win for the Titans.

The last time the Redskins played at LP Field in the regular season was on Oct. 6, 2002, with the Redskins claiming a 31-14 victory.

In that game, Washington's defense held Eddie George to just 26 rushing yards. Rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey made his NFL debut, replacing an injured Danny Wuerffel, and he engineered three scoring drives to lead the Redskins the victory.

The Redskins and Titans are 4-3 all-time preseason games. In their last preseason encounter, on Aug. 11, 2007, at LP Field the Redskins won 14-6.


TALE OF THE TAPE

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REDSKINS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 21 331.0
Rushing Offense 22 95.8
Passing Offense 14 235.2
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 32 415.3
Rushing Defense 25 128.8
Passing Defense 31 286.6

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TITANS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 27 304.9
Rushing Offense 9 124.3
Passing Offense 31 180.6
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 20 350.8
Rushing Defense 11 103.1
Passing Defense 25 245.3


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE TITANS

Practice squad defensive end Hall Davis spent one week with the Redskins in 2010 preseason.


REDSKINS-TITANS NEWS & NOTES

-- Big Al Goes Home

Albert Haynesworth returns to Nashville, Tenn., to play the Titans for the first time.

Haynesworth spent seven years with the Titans organization, earning two Pro Bowl berths in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

He signed a lucrative contract with the Redskins in 2009.

Haynesworth also spent four years at the University of Tennessee. His year-round home is in Knoxville, Tenn., but he still maintains a condo in Nashville where the Titans play.

Haynesworth said he was looking forward to competing against the Titans.

"I just want to go out there and get a victory," he said. "Go there, play hard and show them that they're missing me."

Sunday's game will be the first time that Haynesworth returns to Nashville since his brother's death on Oct. 8.

Haynesworth left the Redskins to be with his family and he attended a memorial service for his brother three days after the tragedy.

"I think of my brother every day," he said. "It doesn't matter where I'm at. [The accident] only happened probably seven or eight miles away from the stadium. He's still close to me and he's still with me."

-- Shanahan vs. Fisher

Mike Shanahan and Titans head coach Jeff Fisher were part of the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff from 1992-94.

They both moved on to their first head coaching jobs a year later – Shanahan with Denver and Fisher with Tennessee.

They both are among the most accomplished coaches of the generation.

Shanahan has a record of 158-106 as a head coach, while Fisher has a 146-120 record.

With Shanahan departing Denver after the 2008 season and moving on to Washington in 2010, Fisher is the longest-tenured NFL head coach.

"Anytime you have a job for 17 years, you've done a lot of good things," Shanahan said of Fisher. "Jeff is a guy who has a good feel for things – offense, defense, special teams. He is a hands-on guy and he relates well with people.

"He has done a great job with all of the moves they've had and the transition to a new group of players. Not many guys can do that and hold it all together."

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

The Redskins have 15 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2010 first-round pick Trent Williams and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon.

Mike Sellers is the longest-tenured Redskins. He had a stint with the Redskins in 1998-2000 and rejoined the team in 2004.

Washington has used unrestricted free agency to acquire 27 players, including Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Albert Haynesworth in 2009 and Ma'ake Kemoeatu in 2010.

Six Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and cornerback Byron Westbrook, both local products.

The team has acquired six players via trade: Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Donovan McNabb, Adam Carriker, Jammal Brown and John Beck.

-- First-Year Redskins Head Coaches

Entering Sunday's game vs. Tennessee, Mike Shanahan is 4-5 in his first season as Redskins head coach.

Looking back at Redskins head coaches in their first season, five have gone on to have winning seasons (excluding Dick Todd, who was 5-4 in taking over three games into the 1951 season.)

Twelve first-year head coaches suffered losing campaigns, including Joe Gibbs's return in 2004. Additionally Herman Ball coached the final seven games in 1949 and finished 1-4, while Terry Robiskie finished 1-2 while coaching the last three games of 2000.

Eight first-year head coaches ended their seasons with a .500 record, including Jim Zorn in 2008.

-- Redskins' Strength of Schedule

The Redskins have the NFL's eighth toughest schedule in 2010, according to the NFL.

The Redskins' opponents this season produced a 134-122 record last year, a .523 winning percentage.

The Houston Texans (.547), Tennessee Titans (.547), Dallas Cowboys (.543), Cincinnati Bengals (.539), Jacksonville Jaguars (.535), New England Patriots (.531) and New York Giants (.527) have tougher schedules.

The Redskins play 11 games against teams who finished .500 or better in 2009. They play seven games against 2009 playoff opponents.

-- On the Road Again

The Redskins will travel 11,124 miles in 2010, the 25th most in the NFL. For the second year in a row, they have the shortest travel schedule in the NFC East.

The San Francisco 49ers travel 35,219 miles, most in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals travel 6,688 miles, least in the NFL.

The total distance traveled by all NFL teams is 507,050 miles. This is 71,862 fewer miles than 2009, when teams traveled a total of 578,912 miles.

-- Shanahan's Moving Up

With the Redskins' Week 7 win over the Chicago Bears, Mike Shanahan recorded his 158th career win (regular season and postseason) as a head coach.

Shanahan's career record is 158-106. That win total is 16th best among all-time NFL head coaches.

He needs four wins to surpass Bill Cowher, who has a 161-99-1 career record.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins return to FedExField to host the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

It's Minnesota's first visit to FedExField since the 2006 season opener, a Monday Night Football contest won by the Vikings 19-16.

The Redskins are 2-1 against the NFC North this season, with wins over Green Bay and Chicago and a loss to Detroit.

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