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Week 11: Redskins (5-5) vs. Vikings (3-7)

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The Redskins host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 27 at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

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

The Vikings made news this week when they fired head coach Brad Childress and replaced him with Leslie Frazier, the team's assistant head coach-defensive coordinator. Childress's first game as head coach of Minnesota was against the Redskins on Sept. 11, 2006 -- the Vikings won 19-16 in the regular season opener on Monday Night Football at FedExField. Childress won't get a second opportunity to lead the Vikings at FedExField.

This season, e Redskins are 2-3 in home games, while the Vikings are 0-5 on the road.

The Redskins are 2-1 against the NFC North this season. They defeated the Green Bay Packers 16-13 in Week 5 and the Chicago Bears 17-14 in Week 7 and lost to the Detroit Lions 37-25 in Week 8.

The Redskins, in third place in the NFC East, are coming off a 19-16 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville last Sunday. The Vikings lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-3 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

The Redskins-Eagles game will be televised on FOX. Dick Stockton calls the play-by-play with color commentary by Charles Davis and Jim Mora. Charissa Thompson reports from 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 Vikings
WR 89 Santana Moss 12 Percy Harvin
LT 71 Trent Williams 74 Bryant McKinnie
LG 78 K. Lichtensteiger 76 Steve Hutchinson
C 63 Will Montgomery 65 John Sullivan
RG 75 Artis Hicks 64 Anthony Herrera
RT 77 Jammal Brown 71 Phil Loadholt
TE 47 Chris Cooley 81 Visanthe Shiancoe
WR 13 Anthony Armstrong 87 Bernard Berrian
QB 5 Donovan McNabb 4 Brett Favre
FB 45 Mike Sellers 38 Naufahu Tahi
RB 35 Keiland Williams 28 Adrian Peterson
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Vikings
DE 94 Adam Carriker 91 Ray Edwards
NT/DE 96 Ma'ake Kemoeatu 94 Pat Williams
DE/DT 64 Kedric Golston 93 Kevin Williams
LB/DE 99 Andre Carter 69 Jared Allen
LB 59 London Fletcher 52 Chad Greenway
LB 52 Rocky McIntosh 56 E.J. Henderson
LB 98 Brian Orakpo 51 Ben Leber
CB 23 DeAngelo Hall 26 Antoine Winfield
CB 22 Carlos Rogers 21 Asher Allen
SS 30 LaRon Landry 20 Madieu Williams
FS 41 Kareem Moore 39 Husain Abdullah
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Vikings
P 17 Hunter Smith 5 Chris Kluwe
K 4 Graham Gano 8 Ryan Longwell
H 17 Hunter Smith 5 Chris Kluwe
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 56 Cullen Loeffler
KOR 16 Brandon Banks 12 Percy Harvin
PR 16 Brandon Banks 85 Greg Camarillo


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and Vikings meet for the 20th time in the history of the two franchises. The Redskins hold the series lead with a regular-season record of 8-6 and a postseason record of 3-2.

Coming into Sunday's game, the Redskins have won eight of the last 11 meetings against the Vikings, including two playoff wins.

The last time the two teams met was on Dec. 23, 2007, with the Redskins winning 32-21 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Quarterback Todd Collins, replacing injured starter Jason Campbell, had a banner day, completing 22-of-29 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, a 33-yarder to tight end Chris Cooley and a 32-yarder to wide receiver Santana Moss.

Running back Clinton Portis churned out 76 rushing yards and tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antwaan Randle El on the halfback option.

The last time the two teams met at FedExField was the 2006 regular season opener, a nationally televised Monday night matchup.

The Vikings won 19-16 after John Hall's last-second 48-yard field goal sailed wide left.

Mark Brunell was 17-of-28 for 163 yards and Randle El led the offense in receptions with five catches for 34 yards. Clinton Portis, returning from a shoulder injury, had 39 rushing yards on 10 carries, plus a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

The Redskins and Vikings also met on Jan. 2, 2005, in the culmination of the 2004 regular season. The Redskins defeated the Vikings 21-18 at FedExField, as Ladell Betts ran for 118 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.

Washington and Minnesota last met in the postseason in 1992, when the Redskins won 24-7 in the Wild Card round.

In 1987, the two teams met in the NFC Championship, with the Redskins prevailing 17-10. Darrell Green made a key stop on the game's last play, knocking away a pass to Vikings wide receiver Anthony Carter, to secure the Redskins a berth in Super Bowl XXII.


TALE OF THE TAPE

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REDSKINS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 15 344.4
Rushing Offense 22 96.9
Passing Offense 10 247.5
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 32 411.1
Rushing Defense 27 131.0
Passing Defense 29 280.1

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VIKINGS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 18 336.8
Rushing Offense 10 118.5
Passing Offense 18 218.3
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 10 317.1
Rushing Defense 7 99.1
Passing Defense 15 218.0


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE VIKINGS

Tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Redskins from 1989-91 and was a contributing member of the 1991 Super Bowl championship team coached by Joe Gibbs.


REDSKINS-VIKINGS NEWS & NOTES

-- Favre vs. Redskins

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is playing in just his sixth regular season game against the Redskins and only his third in Washington.

As a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons, Favre threw his first NFL pass on Nov. 10, 1991 in a game against the Redskins. He came into the game in mop-up duty and finished that game 0-for-4 with two interceptions in a 56-17 loss to the Redskins.

Favre has won all four of his career starts against the Redskins, all as a member of the Green Bay Packers.

The three-time NFL Most Valuable Player is 70-of-118 for 802 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions against the Redskins. His QB rating is 62.9.

Favre also played against the Redskins in a 2008 preseason game as a member of the New York Jets. He played just one season with the Jets before moving on to the Vikings in 2009.

The last time Favre played the Redskins in the regular season was on Oct. 10, 2007 at Lambeau Field. He was 19-of-37 for 188 yards, with two of his passes picked off by the late Sean Taylor.

The last time Favre played at FedExField was on Oct. 31, 2004. He was 20-of-32 for 236 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Shawn Springs had two picks and Fred Smoot had the other.

McNabb vs. Favre

Heading into Sunday's Redskins-Vikings game, quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre have faced off six times in their respective careers – all when McNabb was a Philadelphia Eagle and Favre was a Green Bay Packer.

McNabb posted a 4-2 record against the Packers when Favre was the quarterback.

Overall, McNabb has completed 114-of-207 passes for 1,500 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions against Favre's Packers.

McNabb led the Eagles to a 20-17 win over Favre and the Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs on Jan. 11, 2004. That was the famous 4th-and-26 game, in which McNabb converted a 4th-and-26 pass to wide receiver Freddie Mitchell with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter.

On Dec. 5, 2004, McNabb had a career game against Favre's Packers, completing 32-of-43 passes for 464 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-17 Eagles win.

Favre has had less success competing against McNabb's Eagles. In six games, Favre completed 106-of-198 passes for 1,020 yards, three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

-- Hicks On Favre

Redskins guard Artis Hicks knows a thing or two about franchise quarterbacks. He has played with two in his 9-year NFL career.

Hicks played in Minnesota the last four years before joining the Redskins as a unrestricted free agent in March 2010.

Asked to compare Vikings quarterback Brett Favre and Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, Hicks said: "They both are commanding figures in the huddle, they both demand a lot out of you and they both demand perfection."

Hicks began his career with the Vikings as a starter, but he was a backup in 2009.

It's one of the reasons why he opted to leave Minnesota.

"Any time you've been on the field and you get a taste of it, that's where you want to be," he said. "After you've tasted that life, you don't want to go back to anything else."

-- All About Frazier

On Monday, Nov. 22, the Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress and replaced him with Leslie Frazier, who was serving as the club's defensive coordinator.

Frazier, a 12-year NFL coaching veteran, takes over a talented Vikings club that has posted a 3-7 record after making it to the NFC Championship game a year ago.

Frazier has long been regarded as a head coaching candidate, but he did not receive an opportunity until now.

In Minnesota, Frazier's defenses have consistently been among the best in the NFL. In 2008 and 2009, the unit finished sixth in the league both years. Last year the Vikings led the NFL with 48 sacks.

As a player, Frazier was a defensive back with the Chicago Bears from 1981-86 and was part of the famed '46' defense that helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl XX win over the New England Patriots following the 1985 season.

His career was cut short by a severe knee injury suffered in the Super Bowl.

-- A New And Improved FedExField

The Redskins have announced new improvements to FedExField for the 2010 season.

Among the improvements to the facility include the installation of new HD video boards, a complete replacement of the stadium's video control room, a new text message traffic alert system, installation of the locker of the late Sean Taylor for viewing on the club level, and club level party decks.

"Everything we are doing is focused on continuing to improve the gameday experience for fans at FedExField," Redskins chief 0perating officer David P. Donovan said. "We believe fans will really feel the impact of these improvements."

The HD video boards are accompanied by eight new digital ribbon boards to provide fans with out-of-town scores, statistics and more, all monitored and operated from a state-of-the-art control room located on the Owner's Club Level.

The improvements allow for simultaneous multi-angle game highlights and replays, game graphics and other high definition content.

"When the stadium was first built, high definition didn't exist at the time in this capacity," Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said. "So we said, 'Hey, this is a real opportunity,' so we upgraded it...It's important that we keep up with the quality of entertainment. This is really state of the art."

-- Traffic Alerts Via Text Messaging

For the 2010 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.

-- 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.

-- Redskins vs. Peterson

The Redskins have faced off against dynamic Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson just once before.

In a 32-21 win over the Vikings on Dec. 23, 2007, the defense limited Peterson to just 27 yards on nine carries.

At halftime of the game, Peterson had just five yards on four carries and was basically a non-factor. The Redskins were ahead 22-0 and the defense had effectively taken him out of the game.

Peterson wasn't able to break off a significant run until early in the third quarter when he picked up 18 yards on a carry.

Later in the same drive, the Redskins shut down Peterson again, this time stopping him on a 4th-and-1 run up the middle. London Fletcher and LaRon Landry combined on the key tackle.

-- First-Year Redskins Head Coaches

Entering Sunday's game vs. Philadelphia, Mike Shanahan is 5-5 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.

-- Shanahan's Moving Up

With the Redskins' Week 11 win over the Tennessee Titans, Mike Shanahan recorded his 159th career win (regular season and postseason) as a head coach.

Shanahan's career record is 159-106. That win total is 16th best among all-time NFL head coaches.

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

-- Take It Away

The Redskins' defense has forced 21 turnovers this season, tied for sixth-best in the NFL.

Their 21 turnovers are more than the defense forced each of the last two seasons (17 in 2009, 18 in 2008).

The defense is on pace for 33 takeaways this season.

-- Rabach's Mentor

Minnesota offensive line coach Jim Hueber worked closely with Redskins center Casey Rabach from 1997-2000 as the offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Hueber helped guide Rabach to an All-American selection in 2000 and All-Big 10 conference selections after the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress was also on the Wisconsin staff at the time Rabach attended the university.

-- Maryland Connections

Minnesota has two former Maryland Terrapins on its roster: Linebacker E.J. Henderson and tight end Jeff Dugan

Henderson and Dugan are the only former Terrapins to be drafted by the Vikings in the history of the franchise.

Henderson's brother Erin, who also played at Maryland, is a backup linebacker on the Vikings.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins return to NFC East play when they travel to North Jersey to take on the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

It's the Redskins' first regular season visit to New Meadowlands Stadium, which opened this year. They played the New York Jets in preseason at the facility.

The Redskins are 2-1 in the NFC East. They have lost four consecutive games to the Giants.

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