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

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The Redskins host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 19 at FedExField. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. ET.

The game is presented by the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association.

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

It's the first of four AFC North games that the Redskins will play this season. Last year, the Redskins were 2-2 against the AFC East.


The Redskins are 2-1 at FedExField this season, having defeated the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals at home in Weeks 2 and 3 and lost to the St. Louis Rams in Week 6.

Washington enters Week 7 following a 19-17 loss to the previously winless Rams.

Cleveland defeated the New York Giants 35-14 on Monday Night Football.

The game will be televised on CBS. Ian Eagle handles the play-by-play, with Solomon Wilcots adding color analysis.

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 Browns
WR 89 Santana Moss 18 Donte Stallworth
LT 60 Chris Samuels 73 Joe Thomas
LG 66 Pete Kendall 65 Eric Steinbach
C 61 Casey Rabach 66 Hank Fraley
RG 77 Randy Thomas 70 Rex Hadnot
RT 76 Jon Jansen 77 Kevin Shaffer
TE 47 Chris Cooley 80 Kellen Winslow, Jr.
WR 82 Antwaan Randle El 17 Braylon Edwards
QB 17 Jason Campbell 3 Derek Anderson
FB 45 Mike Sellers 47 Lawrence Vickers
RB 26 Clinton Portis 31 Jamal Lewis
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Browns
DE 99 Andre Carter 99 Corey Williams
DT 96 Cornelius Griffin 92 Shaun Rogers
DT 64 Kedric Golston 91 Shaun Smith
DE/LB 92 Demetric Evans 55 Willie McGinest
LB 53 Marcus Washington 54 Andre Davis
LB 59 London Fletcher 52 D'Qwell Jackson
LB 52 Rocky McIntosh 95 Kamerion Wimbley
LCB 24 Shawn Springs 24 Eric Wright
RCB 22 Carlos Rogers 22 Brandon McDonald
SS 48 Chris Horton 20 Mike Adams
FS 30 LaRon Landry 21 Brodney Pool
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Browns
P 1 Ryan Plackemeier 15 Dave Zastudil
K 6 Shaun Suisham 4 Phil Dawson
H 1 Ryan Plackemeier 5 Donnie Jones
LS 67 Ethan Albright 15 Dave Zastudil
KOR 31 Rock Cartwright 16 Josh Cribbs
PR 82 A. Randle El 16 Josh Cribbs


SERIES HISTORY

Sunday's game marks the 44th regular-season meeting between the Redskins and Browns. Cleveland holds the series lead of 33-9-1, including a 16-3-1 mark at Washington.

This will be the first regular season meeting between the clubs at FedExField. The Browns and Steelers are the only teams to have not visited the venue in the regular season.

Sunday's game is only the second overall matchup between the Redskins and Browns since 1991.

The only other matchup in that 16-year span was a 17-13 victory by Cleveland on Oct. 3, 2004.

Turnovers cost the Redskins in that game. Clinton Portis's third-quarter fumble led to the Browns' first touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, with the offense trying to mount a comeback, Laveranues Coles fumbled after a catch, ending the Redskins' final drive--and last chance at victory.

The Redskins and Browns have only met seven times since 1970, making them each other's least common opponent (excluding Houston, Jacksonville and Carolina) since the merger.


TALE OF THE TAPE

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REDSKINS 2008 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 7 354.0
Rushing Offense 3 152.3
Passing Offense 17 201.7
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 8 285.8
Rushing Defense 7 83.8
Passing Defense 13 202.0

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BROWNS 2008 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 28 259.4
Rushing Offense 23 98.4
Passing Offense 26 161.0
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 17 325.0
Rushing Defense 25 137.0
Passing Defense 11 188.0


FAMILIAR FACES ON THE BROWNS

Linebackers coach Mike Haluchak served in the same capacity with the Redskins from 1994-96.

Offensive lineman Lennie Friedman played for the Redskins from 2003-05. Friedman is currently on the Browns' injured reserve list.


REDSKINS-BROWNS NEWS & NOTES

-- Zorn's First Season As Head Coach

Jim Zorn is 4-2 in his first six 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.

-- Portis the Leader

Clinton Portis leads the NFL with 136 carries and 643 rushingyards, while his six rushing touchdowns are second in the league.

Portis has accounted for 35 first downs on the ground this season, which also leads the NFL, as do his 14 in the fourth quarter of games this season.

With 145-yard and 129-yard performances against the Eagles and Rams the last two weks, Portis has two of the top 11 single-game rushing totals in the NFL this year.

-- Browns' Local Ties

Center Hank Fraley grew up in Gaithersburg, Md., and attended Gaithersburg High School. He helped Gaithersburg High School reached the Maryland state championship game in 1995.

Wide receiver Josh Cribbs grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Dunbar High School. Playing quarterback, Cribbs led Dunbar to the DCIAA West Division title and the city championship with a 9-3 record.

-- 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 travel to Detroit to take on the Lions at Ford Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

It's the Redskins first visit to Detroit since the 2004 season, when they defeated the Lions 17-10.

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