For the second time this season, the Redskins have set a new single-game attendance record at FedExField.
With 90,910 fans in attendance for Sunday's Redskins-Cowboys game, the figure beat out the previous mark of 90,803 fans for the Sept. 23 Redskins-Giants game earlier this season.
The following are the top six NFL crowds ever at FedExField.
|FEDEXFIELD ATTENDANCE: TOP 6|
|Dec. 30, 2007||Cowboys||90,910|
|Sept. 23, 2007||Giants||90,803|
|Sept. 11, 2006||Vikings||90,608|
|Dec. 18, 2005||Cowboys||90,367|
|Nov. 7, 2005||Eagles||90,298|
|Oct. 31, 2004||Ravens||90,287|
FedExField opened in 1997. It has a capacity of 91,704 seats and is the largest stadium in the NFL. Giants Stadium is the second-largest with 80,242 seats.
-- COWBOYS REST FOUR STARTERS
As expected, the Redskins faced a Dallas Cowboys team that rested four starters--three of them Pro Bowlers--for Sunday's game at FedExField.
The most notable name on the list was wide receiver Terrell Owens, who caught four touchdown passes in the Week 11 matchup between the two clubs. Dallas won that game 28-23.
Owens suffered a high ankle sprain in the Cowboys' 20-13 win over the Carolina Panthers last week. Sam Hurd, a second-year player, is expected to start in his place.
Cornerback Terence Newman will also sit out the game to rest a knee injury. Jacques Reeves is expected to start in his place. Center Andre Gurode and nose tackle Jay Ratliff also sit out the game with knee injuries.
Dallas head coach Wade Phillips hinted last week that he may give limited snaps to several other starters, including quarterback Tony Romo. With a 13-2 record heading into the game, the Cowboys have wrapped up home field advantage through the NFC playoffs.
The Redskins entered Sunday's game relatively healthy, as evidenced by their pre-game inactive list. With the exception of Jason Campbell, no player has been deactivated due to injury.
The Redskins' complete list of inactives is as follows: Campbell, safety Omar Stoutmire, tight end Brian Kozlowski, defensive linemen Ryan Boschetti and Alex Buzbee, offensive lineman Kevin Sampson and wide receiver Keenan McCardell.
-- KICK COVERAGE CREDIT
The Redskins' have been among the league's best in kickoff and punt coverage all season long.
Gregg Williams credited the success to improved team speed and toughness.
"I think [special teams coordinator] Danny Smith has done a great job," Williams said. "One of the things that helped in that aspect is having the right kind of people on the defensive side of the ball. When our team speed improved this year, then our coverage units improved.
"Then there is toughness. There is nobody here that makes this football team that is not tough."
Heading into the Dallas game, Rock Cartwright and Khary Campbell led the special teams in tackles with 34. Pierson Prioleau was next with 16 tackles and Reed Doughty had 14.
Even in defensive meetings, Williams stresses the importance of special teams coverage.
"One of the things that I talk about in our defensive classroom is how important [special teams coverage] is," he said. "It's a very important part of any ball game. Until someone can convince me that it is a commercial break and that we don't play those plays, those plays are very vital.
"When you are punt covering and kick off covering it is the first play of a defensive series and it is critical."
-- BUMPS AND BRUISES
The Redskins came out of Sunday's game with several injuries that will be monitored through the week ahead.
Stephon Heyer suffered a mild sprained knee, but he was able to return to the game.
James Thrash aggravated his sprained ankle. He missed four games earlier this season due to the injury.
Randall Godfrey suffered an abdominal strain and Chris Samuels suffered a finger injury.