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Week 12: Redskins (5-6) vs. Giants (7-4)

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The Redskins travel to East Rutherford, N.J., to take on NFC East rival New York Giants on Sunday, Dec. 5 at New Meadowlands Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

New Meadowlands Stadium has FieldTurf as its playing surface. The stadium seats 82,500.

It's the Redskins' first regular season visit to New Meadowlands Stadium, the Giants' new facility that they share with the New York Jets.

The Redskins played a preseason game against the Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on Aug. 27 and won 16-11.

The Redskins are 2-1 in NFC East play this season. They beat the Dallas Cowboys 13-7 in Week 1 and the Philadelphia Eagles 17-12 in Week 4 and they lost to the Eagles 59-28 in Week 10.

The Giants are 1-2 in the NFC East, splitting two games with the Cowboys (a 41-35 win in Week 7 and 33-20 loss in Week 10) and a 27-17 loss to the Eagles in Week 11.

In road games, the Redskins are 3-2 this season, while the Giants are 4-2 at their new stadium.

The Redskins-Giants game will be televised to a regional audience on FOX. Kenny Albert calls the play-by-play with color commentary by Daryl Johnston. The sideline reporter is Tony Siragusa.

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 Giants
WR 89 Santana Moss 82 Mario Manningham
LT 71 Trent Williams 65 Will Beatty
LG 78 K. Lichtensteiger 77 Kevin Boothe
C 61 Casey Rabach 69 Rich Seubert
RG 75 Artis Hicks 76 Chris Snee
RT 77 Jammal Brown 67 Kareem McKenzie
TE 47 Chris Cooley 89 Kevin Boss
WR 13 Anthony Armstrong 85 Derek Hagan
QB 5 Donovan McNabb 10 Eli Manning
FB 45 Mike Sellers 86 Bear Pascoe
RB 35 Keiland Williams 27 Brandon Jacobs
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Giants
DE 94 Adam Carriker 72 Osi Umenyiora
NT/DE 96 Ma'ake Kemoeatu 99 Chris Canty
DE/DT 64 Kedric Golston 96 Barry Cofield
LB/DE 99 Andre Carter 91 Justin Tuck
LB 59 London Fletcher 53 Keith Bulluck
LB 52 Rocky McIntosh 54 Jonathan Goff
LB 98 Brian Orakpo 59 Michael Boley
CB 23 DeAngelo Hall 23 Corey Webster
CB 22 Carlos Rogers 24 Terrell Thomas
SS 37 Reed Doughty 21 Kenny Phillips
FS 41 Kareem Moore 26 Antrel Rolle
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Giants
P 17 Hunter Smith 6 Matt Dodge
K 4 Graham Gano 9 Lawrence Tynes
H 17 Hunter Smith 17 Sage Rosenfels
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 51 Zak DeOssie
KOR 16 Brandon Banks 15 Darius Reynaud
PR 16 Brandon Banks 15 Darius Reynaud


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and New York Giants have played each other every year since 1932, with the Giants leading the series 90-62-4 (including postseason).

The two teams have played each other more than any other team in each club's history.

The Giants have won four consecutive games against the Redskins, including twice last year. Since 2006, the Giants own a 7-1 record against the Redskins.

The Redskins are 24-48-2 in road games in the series.

In Week 1 of the 2009 season, the Giants defeated the Redskins 23-17 at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands.

In what turned out to be a pivotal play, defensive end Osi Umenyiora stripped quarterback Jason Campbell of the ball in the second quarter and scooped up the fumble. He raced 37 yards for a touchdown.

Fourteen weeks later, in a nationally televised Monday night contest, the Giants dominated the Redskins in a 45-12 victory at FedExField.

The Redskins' first-ever game in Washington, D.C., was against the Giants. On Sept. 16, 1937, the Redskins defeated the Giants 13-3 in front of 19,941 fans at D.C. Stadium.

The Redskins and Giants have played twice in the postseason, once in 1943 with the Redskins winning 28-0 to advance to the NFL Championship game.

In 1986, the Giants defeated Joe Gibbs's Redskins 17-0 in the NFC Championship game at Giants Stadium.


TALE OF THE TAPE

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REDSKINS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 21 332.7
Rushing Offense 26 90.7
Passing Offense 10 242.0
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 32 400.9
Rushing Defense 26 131.5
Passing Defense 29 269.4

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GIANTS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 3 387.0
Rushing Offense 6 138.0
Passing Offense 9 249.0
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 2 286.5
Rushing Defense 8 100.2
Passing Defense 1 186.4


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE GIANTS

Offensive line coach Pat Flahertywas a Redskins tight ends coach in 2000.

Tight ends coach Michael Pope was a Redskins tight ends coach from 1997-99.

Defensive line coach Robert Nunn coached the Redskins' defensive line in 2003.

Wide receiver Devin Thomas was the Redskins' second-round draft pick in 2008 and played with the club through Week 6 this season. He logged 40 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns in 2 seasons with the Redskins.

Backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels was the Redskins' fourth-round draft pick in 2001. He was with the Redskins for one season but did not see any game action.

Player development consultant Jessie Armstead was a linebacker with the Redskins from 2003-04.


REDSKINS-GIANTS NEWS & NOTES

-- McNabb vs. NFC East

Donovan McNabb has had sustained success against the NFC East in his 12-year career.

Overall, McNabb is 36-24 against the NFC East for a winning percentage of .600.

The three other starting QBs in the division -- Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Michael Vick -- are a combined 41-35 against the NFC East, a winning percentage of .539.

McNabb is 11-7 vs. the New York Giants in his NFL career.

He is 12-9 vs. Dallas, 12-7 vs. Washington and 1-1 vs. Philadelphia, the team he played for from 1999-2009 before joining the Redskins this year.

In the regular season, McNabb has swept an NFC East opponent 10 times.

-- McNabb And Big Plays

The Redskins' offense has shown a propensity for big plays this season.

Donovan McNabb has an NFL-best eight pass completions of 50 yards or longer. He also has 11 pass completions of 40 yards or longer, the second-highest total in the league.

Despite being sacked 31 times, the second-highest total in the league, the six-time Pro Bowler is sixth in the NFL with 2,853 passing yards.

He is on pace for 4,148 passing yards this season, which would be the first 4,000-yard passing season of his career. He could set the Redskins' single-season record of 4,109 passing yards by Jay Schroeder in 1986.

-- First-Year Redskins Head Coaches

Entering Sunday's game vs. Tennessee, Mike Shanahan is 5-6 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.

-- 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 28 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.

Five 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 five players on the roster acquired via trade: Santana Moss, Donovan McNabb, Adam Carriker, Jammal Brown and John Beck.

-- 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 10 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 159-109, a .593 winning percentage. 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.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins return to FedExField to host the Tampa Bay Buccanners at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

Last year, the Redskins also hosted the Buccaneers and came from behind to win 16-13.

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