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Week 6: Redskins (4-1) vs. Rams (0-4)

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After two NFC East road games, the Redskins return to FedExField this Sunday, Oct. 12, to host the St. Louis Rams. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

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

Washington enters Week 6 on a four-game winning streak. The Redskins are 2-0 at FedExField this season, having defeated the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals at home in Weeks 2 and 3.


The Redskins are coming off consecutive road wins over NFC East foes Dallas and Philadelphia. It's the first tme since 1987 that the Redskins have defeated divisional opponents on the road in consecutive weeks.

St. Louis arrives in Washington with a new head coach in Jim Haslett. The Rams fired Scott Linehan on Sept. 29 after they opened the season 0-4.

The game will be televised on FOX. Kenny Albert does the play-by-play, with Daryl Johnston adding color analysis and Tony Siragusa reporting from the sidelines.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on ESPN 980. Larry Michael handles the play-by-play with color commentary by Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. Rick "Doc" Walker serves as sideline reporter.

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PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos. Redskins Rams
WR 89 Santana Moss 81 Torry Holt
LT 60 Chris Samuels 76 Orlando Pace
LG 66 Pete Kendall 63 Jacob Bell
C 61 Casey Rabach 60 Nick Leckey
RG 77 Randy Thomas 68 Richie Incocgnito
RT 76 Jon Jansen 70 Alex Barron
TE 47 Chris Cooley 87 Anthony Becht
WR 82 Antwaan Randle El 17 Donnie Avery
QB 17 Jason Campbell 10 Marc Bulger
FB 45 Mike Sellers 36 Dan Kreider
RB 26 Clinton Portis 39 Steven Jackson
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Rams
DE 99 Andre Carter 91 Leonard Little
DT 96 Cornelius Griffin 90 Adam Carriker
DT 64 Kedric Golston 95 Clifton Ryan
DE 92 Demetric Evans 72 Chris Long
SLB 53 Marcus Washington 51 Chris Draft
MLB 59 London Fletcher 51 Will Witherspoon
WLB 52 Rocky McIntosh 50 Pisa Tinoisamoa
LCB 24 Shawn Springs 26 Tye Hill
RCB 22 Carlos Rogers 24 Ron Bartell
SS 48 Chris Horton 25 Corey Chavous
FS 30 LaRon Landry 21 Oshiomogho Atogwe
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Rams
P 14 Durant Brooks 5 Donnie Jones
K 6 Shaun Suisham 3 Josh Brown
H 14 Durant Brooks 5 Donnie Jones
LS 67 Ethan Albright 45 Chris Massey
KOR 31 Rock Cartwright 82 Dante Hall
PR 82 Antwaan Randle El 82 Dante Hall


SERIES HISTORY

Sunday's Redskins-Rams game marks the 33rd meeting between the two clubs. The Redskins have played the Rams through the organization's professional football tenure in Cleveland, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

Washington holds a 20-7-1 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 12 meetings, but lost the last meeting 37-31 on Dec. 24, 2006, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Rams running back Steven Jackson scored on a 21-yard touchdown run in overtime to provide the winning points. The Rams totaled 579 yards of total offense, including 252 by Jackson.

Ladell Betts led the Redskins' offense, finishing with 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries and two receptions for 35 yards.

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 2008 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 6 351.2
Rushing Offense 5 146.2
Passing Offense 17 204.6
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 13 303.0
Rushing Defense 9 85.4
Passing Defense 21 217.6

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RAMS 2008 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 30 246.8
Rushing Offense 28 84.0
Passing Offense 26 162.8
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 31 411.8
Rushing Defense 28 166.0
Passing Defense 27 245.8


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE RAMS

Offensive coordinator Al Saunders served as Redskins assistant head coach-offense under Joe Gibbs from 2006-07.

Offensive assistant Bob Saunders, Al Saunders' son, served as a Redskins assistant offensive coach from 2006-07.

Wide receivers coach Henry Ellard played for the Redskins from 1994-97. He led the Redskins in receptions his first three seasons with the club.

Backup quarterback Trent Green played for the Redskins from 1995-98. In 1998, Green started 14 games and threw for 3,441 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Pro scout Cary Conklin played for the Redskins from 1990-94. He was drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round (86th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. Conklin also spent the 2003 season as a Redskins scout.

Pro scout Dick Daniels served as director of player personnel for the Redskins from 1978-84 and 1985-89.


REDSKINS-RAMS NEWS & NOTES

-- Zorn's First Season As Head Coach

Jim Zorn is 4-1 in his first five games as head coach. He is aiming to lead the Redskins to their third winning season in the last four years.

Zorn is looking to become the seventh Redskins head coach to record a winning record in his first year at the helm.

The list of first-year head coaches with winning records includes Ray Flaherty (7-5 in 1936), Dutch Bergman (6-3-1 in 1943), Dudley DeGroot (6-3-1 in 1944), Dick Todd (5-4 in 1951), Vince Lombardi (7-5-2 in 1969) and George Allen (9-4-1 in 1971).

Seven first-year head coaches finished their rookie campaign with a .500 mark, while 12 finished with a losing record.

-- Haslett vs. the Redskins

After the St. Lous Rams fired Scott Linehan on Sept. 29, they turned to veteran coach Jim Haslett to take over the team on an interim basis.

Haslett served as head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000-05, so he has experience leading teams. He has 45 career wins as a head coach.

Haslett was 2-1 against the Redskins as coach of the Saints. He lost his first game against the Redskins in 2001 by a 40-10 score, but then won matchups each of the next two seasons: 43-27 in 2002 and 24-20 in 2003.

Haslett is a defensive-minded coach. Al Saunders, former Redskins offensive coach, is the Rams' offensive leader.

-- Fast Starts

The Redskins have started the regular season 4-1 or better a total of 13 times since the 1970 merger.

Washington went on to qualify for the playoffs nine of the previous 12 times. They won at least one playoff game content in seven of those nine appearances.

In all five of the Redskins' Super Bowl appearances, they started 4-1 or better.

-- Winning the Turnover Battle

The Redskins have a 6 turnover ratio through five games, tied for tops in the NFL. They have intercepted five passes and recovered two opponent fumbles, while the Redskins' lone turnover was a fumble on a punt return.

Washington is the only NFL team without an offensive turnover and Jason Campbell is the only starting quarterback to have not thrown an interception.

As a team, the Redskins have gone 282 pass attempts with an interception in the regular season, dating back to last season.

Campbell is currently on a streak of 175 consecutive attempts without an interception, which is tops in franchise history.

The Redskins are only the third team since 1933 to have one or fewer turnovers in their first five games of a season. The others were the 1998 Bengals (one turnover) and the 1960 Browns (one turnover).

-- Defending the Best

In playing the Giants, Saints, Cardinals, Cowboys and Eagles in the first five weeks, the Redskins have faced off against the the NFL's first-, third-, fifth-, fourth- and ninth-ranked offenses, respectively.

This week, the Rams' offense is ranked 30th overall.

The Redskins' offense is ranked sixth overall through five weeks.

-- Time of Possession

The Redskins hold a 32:54-to-27:06 time of possession advantage over their opponents this season.

In their last four games, all victories, the Redskins have recorded 11 drives of 10 plays or more.

Against Philadelphia last week, the Redskins ran 75 offensive plays, 28 more than the Eagles.

-- 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.

-- Redskins Captains

The Redskins have elected six players as captains for the 2008 season. They wear a black "C" on their jersey during games.

On offense, Jason Campbell amd Chris Samuels are the captains.

On defense, Cornelius Griffin and London Fletcher are the captains.

On special teams, Rock Cartwright and Khary Campbell are the captains.

-- 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, Giants Stadium.

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

-- What's Next?

The Redskins stay at FedExField for another week as they host the Cleveland Browns. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

It's the first AFC contest for the Redskins this season. Last year, the Redskins were 2-2 against the AFC.

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