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Preseason Week 1: Redskins (0-0) @ Ravens (0-0)

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Gameday Graphic for Game on 08/13/2009

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The Redskins open their 2009 preseason schedule with a 35-mile trip north to Baltimore to take on the Ravens on Thursday, Aug. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET.

M&T Bank Stadium has an artificial surface called SportExe Momentum Turf. The facility seats 71,008.

The Redskins are 108-127-2 all-time in preseason games. Last year, the Redskins were 3-2 in the preseason.

For the Redskins, the preseason game at Baltimore is the first of four exhibition contests against the AFC.

The Redskins also host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 22 and the New England Patriots on Aug. 28. They close out preseason with a road game at Jacksonville on Sept. 3.

Last year, Washington finished at 8-8--including 1-3 against the AFC North--while Baltimore was 11-5.

The Redskins-Ravens game will be televised on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet. Mike Patrick calls the play-by-play with Joe Theismann providing the color commentary. Lindsay Czarniak and Kelli Johnson serve as sideline reporters.

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 Rock 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos.RedskinsRavens
WR11 Devin Thomas89 Mark Clayton
LT60 Chris Samuels71 Jared Gaither
LG66 Derrick Dockery66 Ben Grubbs
C61 Casey Rabach77 Matt Birk
RG75 Chad Rinehart65 Chris Chester
RT74 Stephon Heyer79 Willie Anderson
TE47 Chris Cooley86 Todd Heap
WR82 Antwaan Randle El85 Derrick Mason
QB17 Jason Campbell5 Joe Flacco
FB45 Mike Sellers33 Le'Ron McClain
RB46 Ladell Betts23 Willis McGahee
DEFENSE
Pos.RedskinsRavens
DE99 Andre Carter90 Trevor Pryce
DT96 Cornelius Griffin92 Haloti Ngata
DT64 Kedric Golston94 Justin Bannan
DE93 Phillip Daniels95 Jarret Johnson
SLB98 Brian Orakpo52 Ray Lewis
MLB59 London Fletcher51 B. Ayanbadejo
WLB52 Rocky McIntosh55 Terrell Suggs
LCB23 DeAngelo Hall31 F. Washington
RCB22 Carlos Rogers24 D. Foxworth
SS48 Chris Horton26 Dawan Landry
FS30 LaRon Landry20 Ed Reed
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.RedskinsRavens
P3 Hunter Smith4 Sam Koch
K6 Shaun Suisham6 Steve Hauschka
H3 Hunter Smith4 Sam Koch
LS67 Ethan Albright79 Matt Katula
KOR31 Rock Cartwright16 Yamon Figurs
PR82 Antwaan Randle El16 Yamon Figurs


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and Baltimore Ravens have played four times in the preseason, with the series tied at 2-2.

The only preseason matchup in Baltimore was on Sept. 1, 2005, when the Ravens prevailed 26-20 in overtime.

The Redskins and Ravens have played three times at FedExField, the most recent being on Aug. 25, 2007, when the Redskins won 13-7. The game was called early in the third quarter due to an incoming thunderstorm.

In the regular season, the two franchises have played four times, with the Ravens holding a 3-1 series lead.

On Dec. 7, 2008, the Ravens defeated the Redskins 24-10 at M&T Bank Stadium.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2008 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense19320.0
Rushing Offense8130.9
Passing Offense23189.1

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense4288.8Rushing Defense895.4Passing Defense7193.4

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RAVENS 2008 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense18324.0
Rushing Offense4148.5
Passing Offense28175.5

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense2261.1Rushing Defense381.4Passing Defense2179.7

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FAMILIAR FACES ON THE RAVENS

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was the quarterbacks coach for the Redskins from 1994-96. He helped develop the skills of quarterbacks Trent Green and Gus Frerotte during his tenure in Washington.

Quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson was with the Redskins from 2001-03, serving as running backs coach from 2001-02 and offensive coordinator-running backs coach in 2003.

Secondary coach Mark Carrier played defensive back for the Redskins in 2000.

Assistant strength and conditioning coach John "Mother" Dunn served as head strength and conditioning coach for the Redskins from 2004-05.

Director of college scouting Eric DeCosta had his first NFL experience with a 1995 internship with the Redskins' player personnel department.


REDSKINS-RAVENS NEWS & NOTES

-- Rabach Returns to Baltimore

Casey Rabach got his start in Baltimore, the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft.

In 2004, the year before he signed with the Redskins, Rabach started 15 games at center and one at left guard for the Ravens.

The 6-1, 305-pounder had paved the way for Jamal Lewis's third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season in 2004 and helped the Ravens' offense compile more than 2,000 rushing yards on the season.

At the time, the Ravens were committed to Mike Flynn as their long-term answer at center, though.

"I knew the day was coming when I would leave [Baltimore]," Rabach said after signing with the Redskins. "[The Ravens] had their starting center up there and they made that clear when they signed Mike back. There are no ill feelings toward them. It was just time to move on.

"What a great feeling it was to come down here to Washington. Everything kind of fell into place."

Since joining the Redskins, Rabach has missed just one game. He has helped solidify a veteran offensive line.

Flynn has since moved on from the Ravens. He was with New England in preseason earlier this year.

-- Randle El and Cam Cameron

From 1997-2001, Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was head coach at Indiana University. He recruited and developed then-quarterback Antwaan Randle El, now a Redskins wide receiver.

"Antwaan was a great high school football quarterback," Cameron said in a 2007 interview when he was head coach of the Miami Dolphins. "Some people just didn't want to take a chance on him [at quarterback], but we knew he was a quarterback."

Added Randle El: "Cam gave me an opportunity. He was a coach, and then after that he was more of a friend.

"Not many college teams were willing to let me play quarterback. He was the only one who I felt I could truly trust would allow me to play quarterback."

-- Landry Brothers

The Landry brothers--Redskins' LaRon and Ravens' Dawan--had hoped to play against each other in an NFL regular season game for the first time last year.

But Dawan suffered a neck injury earlier in the season. He was eventually placed on injured reserve.

LaRon was the Redskins' first-round draft pick in 2007. Dawan Landry was the Ravens' fifth-round draft pick in 2006.

Last year, LaRon's second as a starter in the Redskins' secondary, he recorded 65 tackles, a half-sack, two interceptions and eight passes defended.

One of his interceptions was off Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco in the Dec. 7 game at M&T Bank Stadium.

-- 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.

-- Maryland Connections

Redskins' offensive linemen Stephon Heyer, Edwin Williams and Scott Burley and Ravens' offensive tackle Jared Gaither were all teammates at the University of Maryland from 2005-06.

Heyer joined Washington as an undrafted rookie in 2007 and has emerged as a starting-caliber right tackle.

Williams and Burley are undrafted rookies on the Redskins.

Gaither joined the Ravens as a fifth-round selection in the NFL's Supplemental Draft in 2007. He has started 11-of-12 games at left tackle for the Ravens this season.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins host their 2009 preseason home opener on Saturday, Aug. 22 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET at FedExField.

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