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Week 7: Redskins (3-3) vs. Bears (4-2)

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The Redskins resume their road schedule on Sunday, Oct. 24, with a trip to Chicago to take on the Bears at Soldier Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

Soldier Field is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 61,500.

The Redskins are 1-1 in road games this year. They lost to the St. Louis Rams 30-16 in Week 3 and defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17-12 in Week 4.

The Redskins' game against the Bears is the second of four against the NFC North this season. In Week 5, they defeated the Green Bay Packers 16-13 in overtime.

The Bears are 1-1 against the NFC East with a 27-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and a 17-3 loss to the Chicago Bears.

The Redskins are coming off a 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at FedExField.

The Bears lost to the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 at Soldier Field.

The game will be televised on FOX. Joe Buck handles the play-by-play with color commentary by Troy Aikman. Pam Oliver is the sideline reporter.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on ESPN 980 and 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 Bears
WR 89 Santana Moss 13 Johnny Knox
LT 71 Trent Williams 74 Chris Williams
LG 78 K. Lichtensteiger 63 Roberto Garza
C 61 Casey Rabach 57 Olin Kreutz
RG 75 Artis Hicks 60 Lance Louis
RT 69 Jammal Brown 68 Frank Omiyale
TE 47 Chris Cooley 82 Greg Olsen
WR 13 Anthony Armstrong 23 Devin Hester
QB 5 Donovan McNabb 6 Jay Cutler
FB 45 Mike Sellers 86 B, Manumaleuna
RB 46 Ryan Torain 22 Matt Forte
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Bears
DE 94 Adam Carriker 71 Israel Idonije
NT/DT 96 Ma'ake Kemoeatu 75 Matt Toeaina
DE/DT 64 Kedric Golston 95 Anthony Adams
LB/DE 97 Lorenzo Alexander 90 Julius Peppers
LB 59 London Fletcher 55 Lance Briggs
LB 52 Rocky McIntosh 54 Brian Urlacher
LB 98 Brian Orakpo 59 Pisa Tinoisamoa
LCB 23 DeAngelo Hall 35 Zack Bowman
RCB 22 Carlos Rogers 33 Charles Tillman
SS 30 LaRon Landry 38 Danieal Manning
FS 41 Kareem Moore 48 Chris Harris
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Bears
P 17 Hunter Smith 4 Brad Maynard
K 4 Graham Gano 9 Robbie Gould
H 17 Hunter Smith 4 Brad Maynard
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 65 Patrick Mannelly
KOR 16 Brandon Banks 13 Johnny Knox
PR 16 Brandon Banks 23 Devin Hester


SERIES HISTORY

The Bears-Redskins series is one of the oldest in NFL history. Chicago holds a slim edge in the all-time series at 23-22-1, including postseason.

The longest win streak for the Redskins in the series was six straight from 1989-99, duplicated by the Bears between 1946 through 1953.

The Redskins have controlled the series recently, winning 11 of 14 since 1986.

In the postseason, the Redskins hold a 4-3 edge.

The Redskins won their first NFL championship, in their first season in Washington, in 1937 at the expense of the Bears. The final score of that Dec. 12, 1937 matchup was 28-21.

Three years later, the Bears got revenge in a big way, routing the Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 title game.

In 1942, the Redskins stopped the Bears 14-6 at Soldier Field to win their second NFL championship.

For the Redskins, perhaps the most exhilarating play in the series came in the NFC playoffs following the 1987 season.

At Soldier Field, the temperate read minus-21 factoring in the wind chill. The Redskins were trailing, so Joe Gibbs summoned Darrell Green for a punt return.

Green caught the ball near the sideline, amazing hurdled over tackles to stay on his feet--injuring his ribs in the process--and then cut back across the field and out-ran pursuit for a 52-yard touchdown run.

The touchdown gave the Redskins the lead en route to a 21-17 victory.

Each of the last five meetings between the two clubs have been decided by eight or less points.

In 2001, the Bears used a fake field goal to win 20-15 at FedExField. Holder Brad Maynard tossed a short pass to Brian Urlacher, who ran 27 yards for a score.

Two years later, the Redskins were nipped by the Bears on a 45-yard, last-second field goal by Paul Edinger at Soldier Field.

The last time the Redskins and Bears played at Soldier Field was in 2004. Clinton Portis rushed for 171 yards on 36 carries in a 13-10 Redskins victory.

The last time the Redskins and Bears played was in 2007, when Todd Collins replaced an injured Jason Campbell and completed 15-of-20 passes for 224 yards and two TDs in a 24-16 Redskins win. Portis caught a team-high six passes for 86 yards, including a 54-yarder to set up a touchdown in the third quarter.


TALE OF THE TAPE

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REDSKINS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 15 336.8
Rushing Offense 25 92.7
Passing Offense 9 244.2
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 32 420.0
Rushing Defense 24 121.8
Passing Defense 31 298.2

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BEARS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 29 285.2
Rushing Offense 26 92.3
Passing Offense 22 192.8
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 8


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE BEARS

Offensive coordinator Mike Martz served as Redskins quarterbacks coach from 1997-98. He was key in the development of quarterback Trent Green during that span.

Offensive line coach Mike Tice played tight end for the Redskins in 1989.

Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake played wide receiver for the Redskins in 1979.

Pro scout Dennard Wilson played defensive back for the Redskins in 2004-06, although he did not appear in a regular season game.

Backup quarterback Todd Collins was the Redskins' backup quarterback from 2006-09. In 2007, he stepped in for an injured Jason Campbell late in the season and guided the Redskins to four consecutive wins and a Wild Card playoff berth.

Guard Edwin Williams played for the Redskins in 2009 and was on the roster through training camp. He started two games for the Redskins last year.

Wide receiver Devin Aromashodu was on the Redskins' practice squad in 2008.

Fullback Eddie Williams was a 2009 7th-round draft pick by the Redskins. He was on the Redskins' practice squad and 53-man roster that year but finished the season on injured reserve.


REDSKINS-BEARS NEWS & NOTES

-- 'High Five' All Around

Donovan McNabb is a Chicago native, starring at Mount Carmel High School in the city.

It has not taken long for McNabb to make an impact in Washington. In just his second game in the burgundy and gold, McNabb threw for 426 yards, the fourth-highest single-game passing total in franchise history and the third-highest total in McNabb's career.

Already this season, McNabb has moved past Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Steve Young on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list with 33,831 career passing yards. With 2,871 completions, he also surpassed Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas on the all-time completions list.

In his NFL career, McNabb has a winning percentage of .645 (95-52-1), a figure that ranks third among active quarterbacks with at least 100 starts. He trails only Tom Brady (.763) and Peyton Manning (.680).

A major factor in the success of McNabb's teams has been his ability to take care of the football. McNabb is the NFL's all-time leader in terms of interception percentage (2.10 percent) and ranks third in NFL history in TD/INT ratio (2.15).

-- Grossman Returns to Chicago

Quarterback Rex Grossman played six years for the Chicago Bears and to be sure experienced plenty of ups and downs.

The ups? He led the team to a 13-3 record in 2006 and an appearance in Super Bowl XLI. The downs? Costly turnovers and a series of injuries.

How does Grossman expect to be received by Bears fans?

"I'm not sure," he said. "I would expect them to probably boo...I'm not going to anticipate people's reactions if I play, but if I don't play I'm sure I'll hear some heckling on the sidelines."

No matter the reaction from fans, Grossman said he loved his time in Chicago. He called the 2006 season the "most special year of my life."

"That was my only full season there," he said. "I had a couple injuries before that season and I didn't play much after that season. That was an unbelievable year. We had a lot of good things happening and to be able to experience that with my teammates, the coaches, even the city really, it was a special thing."

-- 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.

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 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. Green Bay, Mike Shanahan is 3-3 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 Marty Schottenheimer in 2001 and 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 last year. They play seven games against 2009 playoff opponents.

-- London Calling

Heading into Sunday's game vs. Chicago, London Fletcher has posted 157 consecutive starts, a figure which ranks fourth among active players. (Brett Favre is at 290, Peyton Manning is at 198 and Ronde Barber is at 172.)

Fletcher has not missed a game since entering the league as an undrafted rookie free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 1998.

His 198 consecutive games streak is tied for second with Manning among active players behind Minnesota's Brett Favre (292).

Since joining the Redskins in 2007, Fletcher has led the team in tackles each of his three seasons with the club. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection following the 2009 season.

-- Shanahan's Moving Up

With the Redskins' Week 5 win over the Green Bay Packers, Mike Shanahan recorded his 157th career win (regular season and postseason) as a head coach.

Shanahan's career record is 157-105. That win total is 16th best among all-time NFL head coaches.

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

-- Super Signal-Callers

The Redskins are the only team in the NFL to feature two quarterbacks on their roster that have started in the Super Bowl.

Donovan McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004.

His backup Rex Grossman took the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI in 2006.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins stay in the NFC North with a matchup against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

It's the third time in as many seasons that the Redskins are playing the Lions at Ford Field.

Last year, the Lions dealt the Redskins a 19-14 loss. Two years ago, the Redskins won 25-17.

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