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Week 2: Redskins (0-1) vs. Rams (0-1)

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The Redskins host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Sept. 20 in the regular season home opener at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

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

The Redskins lost their 2009 season opener to the New York Giants 23-17 at the Meadowlands. The Rams also lost their season opener, by a 28-0 score to the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field.

It's the only game the Redskins play this year against the NFC West. Last year, the Redskins were 2-2 against the NFC West.

The Redskins-Rams game will be televised to a regional audience on FOX. Sam Rosen calls the play-by-play and Tim Ryan provides color analysis.

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.

Jorge Andres and Mario Alfaro call the game in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 730.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Official Redskins-Rams FlipCard (PDF)
OFFENSE
Pos. Redskins Rams
WR 89 Santana Moss 17 Donnie Avery
LT 60 Chris Samuels 70 Alex Barron
LG 66 Derrick Dockery 63 Jacob Bell
C 61 Casey Rabach 60 Jason Brown
RG 77 Randy Thomas 68 Richie Incognito
RT 74 Stephon Heyer 77 Jason Smith
TE 47 Chris Cooley 84 Randy McMichael
WR 12 Malcolm Kelly 11 Laurent Robinson
QB 17 Jason Campbell 10 Marc Bulger
FB 45 Mike Sellers 44 Mike Karney
RB 26 Clinton Portis 39 Steven Jackson
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Rams
DE 99 Andre Carter 91 Leonard Little
DT 96 Cornelius Griffin 71 Gary Gibson
DT 92 Albert Haynesworth 95 Clifton Ryan
DE 93 Phillip Daniels 72 Chris Long
SLB 98 Brian Orakpo 58 David Vobora
MLB 59 London Fletcher 55 James Laurinaitis
WLB 52 Rocky McIntosh 51 Will Witherspoon
LCB 23 DeAngelo Hall 20 Jonathan Wade
RCB 22 Carlos Rogers 24 Ron Bartell
SS 48 Chris Horton 37 James Butler
FS 30 LaRon Landry 21 Oshiomogho Atogwe
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Rams
P 3 Hunter Smith 5 Donnie Jones
K 6 Shaun Suisham 3 Josh Brown
H 3 Hunter Smith 5 Donnie Jones
LS 67 Ethan Albright 45 Chris Massey
KOR 31 Rock Cartwright 17 Donnie Avery
PR 82 A. Randle El 19 Derek Stanley


SERIES HISTORY

Sunday's Redskins-Rams game at FedExField marks the 34th meeting between the two clubs. The Redskins have played the Rams throughout that organization's pro football tenure in Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

Washington holds a 20-8-1 advantage in the regular season series, dating back to a 16-7 victory for Washington over the Cleveland Rams on November 21, 1937.

The Redskins have won eight of the last 13 meetings, but have lost the last two meetings, including 19-17 on Oct. 12, 2008, at FedExField.

In that contest, the Redskins fell behind 16-7 after safety Oshiomogho Atogwe recovered a fumble and raced 75 yards for a touchdown. Clinton Portis scored two TDs to give the Redskins the lead late in the fourth quarter, but the Rams won on a last-second 49-yard field goal by Josh Brown.

In the postseason, the Redskins and Rams have met four times, once when the Rams played in Cleveland and three times when they were in Los Angeles. The clubs have split their four playoff encounters.

In 1945, Washington faced off against the Rams in the NFL Championship in Cleveland. Playing in sub-zero temperatures, the Rams fended off the Redskins and won 15-14.

Joe Gibbs' Redskins played the Rams twice in the playoffs during the 1980s. On Jan. 1, 1983, the Redskins manhandled the Rams 51-7 at RFK Stadium. On Dec. 28, 1986, the Redskins again defeated the Rams 19-7 at RFK Stadium.

The other playoff game between the Redskins and Rams was on Dec. 22, 1974, when Los Angeles defeated the Redskins 19-10 at the Rose Bowl.


TALE OF THE TAPE

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REDSKINS 2009 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 21 272.0
Rushing Offense 19 85.0
Passing Offense 20 187.0
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 21 351.0
Rushing Defense 22 103.0
Passing Defense 21 248.0

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RAMS 2009 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 25 247.0
Rushing Offense 20 77.0
Passing Offense 24 170.0
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 27 446.0
Rushing Defense 27 167.0
Passing Defense 26 279.0


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE RAMS

Head coach Steve Spagnuolo served as a Redskins player personnel intern in 1983.

General Manager Billy Devaney worked as a scout for the Redskins from 1983-1990. He worked alongside Joe Gibbs and Bobby Beathard during that time.

Scout Joel Pattenserved as a Redskins national scout from 2004-08.


REDSKINS-RAMS NEWS & NOTES

-- How the Redskins' Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 24 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2009 first-round pick Brian Orakpo and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon. Draft picks account for 45.2 percent of the Redskins roster.

Chris Samuels is the longest-tenured Redskins. He has played for the franchise since 2000.

Washington has used free agency to acquire 23 players, including Mike Sellers in 2004, Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter and Antwaan Randle El in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008 and Albert Haynesworth and Hunter Smith in 2009. Free agents account for 43.3 percent of the roster.

Three Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes starting right tackle Stephon Heyer.

The team has acquired two players via trade. Clinton Portis was acquired in a 2004 trade with the Denver Broncos and Santana Moss joined the Redskins as part of a 2005 trade with the New York Jets.

The Redskins have claimed just one player off waivers: Marcus Mason.

-- Fletcher And the Rams

Fletcher played for the Rams from 1998-2001 and emerged as a standout at middle linebacker for the so-called "Greatest Show on Turf" in St. Louis.

He was the Rams' Rookie of the Year in 1998. A year later, he started for the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV, a game they won 23-16 over the Tennessee Titans.

Fletcher played four seasons with the Rams before moving on to Buffalo in 2002. He played for the Bills for five seasons and then signed with the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent in 2007.

Asked to reflect on his tenure with the Rams, Fletcher said the Super Bowl season remains a "special memory."

"We had a great group of guys," he said. "What we were able to accomplish, in a three-year run, was phenomenal. We played an exciting brand of football. We loved playing with each other and we loved coming to work. I still have the memories and I still think about it from time to time."

-- Gray Days

Redskins secondary-cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray was a defensive back for the then-Los Angeles Rams from 1985-91.

Gray was a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback (1986-89) with the Rams, finishing with 28 career interceptions during his nine seasons in the NFL. (He also had stints with the Houston Oilers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)

He posted a season-high eight interceptions in 1986, just his second year in the NFL. He was also named the NFL's Defensive Back of the Year in 1989 and earned MVP honors in the 1990 Pro Bowl (following the 1989 season).

Gray has served as a Redskins assistant coach since 2006.

-- Team Captains

The Redskins have elected captains for the offense, defense and special teams.

For the offense, it's Jason Campbell and Chris Samuels.

For the defense, it's Cornelius Griffin and London Fletcher.

For special teams, it's Rock Cartwright and Mike Sellers.

Sellers is the newcomer of the captains this year. The other five were voted team captains in 2008.

-- Strength of Schedule

Washington's strength of schedule for the 2009 season is in the middle of the pack.

The Redskins' strength of schedule is ranked 16th in the NFL at .492. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 125-129-2. They play a total of seven games against 2008 playoff teams.

The Miami Dolphins have the NFL's toughest schedule at .594. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 152-104.

The Chicago Bears have the NFL's easiest schedule at .414. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 105-149-2.

-- For the Defense

Since 2000, the Redskins' defense has finished in the top 10 in yardage allowed seven times.

Last year, in Greg Blache's first season leading the defense, the Redskins were ranked fourth overall in the NFL. They were ranked eighth against the run and seventh against the pass.

The Redskins also finished fourth in 2000, 10th in 2001, fifth in 2002, third in 2004, ninth in 2005 and eighth in 2007.

Since 2004, when Blache joined the Redskins as defensive line coach, the Redskins have the NFL's fourth-ranked defense.

-- September Wins

The Redskins are among 16 NFL clubs that have posted winning records in the month of September the last 10 years.

From 1999-2008, the Redskins are 17-15 in the month of September, a .531 winning percentage. Last year, the Redskins were 3-1 in September.

The New York Giants have posted a 20-13 mark in September--a .606 winning percentage--since 1999.

Best in the NFL in September wins since 1999? The Indianapolis Colts, with a 25-7 record. That's a .781 winning percentage.

-- Coming a 'Long' Way

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long played college football at the University of Virginia. He was the Rams' first-round draft pick (second overall) in 2008.

As a rookie last year, Long posted four sacks for the Rams. In the Redskins-Rams game last year at FedExField, Long posted four tackles and no sacks.

Long has had some great tutors in his career, including his father Howie, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman. (Howie Long had five sacks in a game against the Redskins on Oct. 2, 1083.)

Chris Long has practiced against some top offensive tackles while at the University of Virginia, including D'Brickashaw Ferguson (New York Jets), Branden Albert (Kansas City Chiefs) and Eugene Monroe (Jacksonville Jaguars). All of them were first-round picks.

-- Bartell a Local Product

St. Louis Rams starting cornerback Ron Bartell played his college ball at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Bartell visited Redskins Park in a pre-draft Rookie Camp in April 2005.

He was eventually selected by the Rams in the second round (50th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

-- FedExField Attendance

FedExField is the largest stadium in the NFL with 91,704 seats.

It is more than 11,000 seats ahead of the second biggest stadium, the new Cowboys Stadium. (Cowboys Stadium is expandabe with standing room only to about 110,000.)

The Redskins set a single-game attendance record--90,910--in a Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Cowboys.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins head to the Motor City for a Sept. 27 game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

Washington and Detroit last squared off on Oct. 26, 2008 at Ford Field, with the Redskins prevailing 25-17.

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