Gameday Graphic for Game on 8/28/2009
The Redskins host the New England Patriots on Friday, Aug. 28 in a nationally televised preseason game at FedExField. Kickoff is 8 p.m. ET.
FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 91,704.
The Redskins are 111-113-2 all-time in preseason games, including the club's 17-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 22. Last year, the Redskins were 3-2 in preseason.
The preseason game vs. New England is the third of four exhibition contests against the AFC.
The Redskins close out preseason with a road game at Jacksonville on Sept. 3.
Week 3 of preseason is generally regarded by coaches as the regular season dress rehearsal. Jim Zorn has said he expects to play starters at least two quarters against the Patriots.
Last year, Washington finished at 8-8 in the regular season--including 1-3 against the AFC--while New England was 11-5. Despite their record, the Patriots were left out of the postseason.
The preseason game will be televised on CBS. Broadcasster Jim Nantz calls the play-by-play and Phil Simms serves as color commentator.
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 Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
|WR||89 Santana Moss||81 Randy Moss|
|LT||60 Chris Samuels||72 Matt Light|
|LG||66 Derrick Dockery||70 Logan Mankins|
|C||61 Casey Rabach||67 Dan Koppen|
|RG||77 Randy Thomas||61 Stephen Neal|
|RT||74 Stephon Heyer||77 Nick Kaczur|
|TE||47 Chris Cooley||84 Benjamin Watson|
|WR||82 Antwaan Randle El||83 Wes Welker|
|QB||17 Jason Campbell||12 Tom Brady|
|FB||45 Mike Sellers||33 Kevin Faulk|
|RB||26 Clinton Portis||34 Sammy Morris|
|DE||99 Andre Carter||93 Richard Seymour|
|DT||96 Cornelius Griffin||75 Vince Wilfork|
|DT||92 Albert Hayneworth||94 Ty Warren|
|DE/LB||93 Phillip Daniels||96 Adalius Thomas|
|LB||98 Brian Orakpo||54 Tedy Bruschi|
|LB||59 London Fletcher||51 Jerod Mayo|
|LB||52 Rocky McIntosh||58 Pierre Woods|
|LCB||27 Fred Smoot||23 Leigh Bodden|
|RCB||23 DeAngelo Hall||24 Shawn Springs|
|SS||48 Chris Horton||36 James Sanders|
|FS||30 LaRon Landry||31 B. Meriweather|
|P||3 Hunter Smith||6 Chris Hanson|
|K||6 Shaun Suisham||3 S. Gostkowski|
|H||3 Hunter Smith||6 Chris Hanson|
|LS||67 Ethan Albright||48 Nathan Hodel|
|KOR||11 Devin Thomas||18 Matthew Slater|
|PR||82 A. Randle El||83 Wes Welker|
Washington and New England have played 19 times in the preseason, with the Patriots holding a 12-7 edge.
In preseason games played in Washington, the Patriots have a 6-2 lead over the Redskins.
New England has won the last four matchups in preseason. The most recent game was Aug. 26, 2006, when New England won 41-0 at Gillette Stadium.
In the regular season, the Redskins and Patriots have played eight times, with the Redskins holding a 6-2 advantage.
New England won the most recent regular season contest in a lopsided affair. The Patriots defeated the Redskins 52-7 at Gillette Stadium in October 2007 en route to their 16-0 regular season record.
Until that loss, the Redskins had won the last six regular season games in the series, although four of the six wins had been decided by five points or less.
The last time the Patriots visited FedExField was Sept. 28, 2003. In a regular season contest, the Redskins defeated the Patriots 20-17, with safety Ifeanyi Ohalete intercepting a Tom Brady pass in the final minutes to secure the Redskins' victory.
Following that loss, New England would go on to set an NFL record by winning 21 consecutive games and back-t0-back Super Bowl titles in 2003 and 2004.
TALE OF THE TAPE
|REDSKINS 2008 RANKINGS|
|PATRIOTS 2008 RANKINGS|
FAMILIAR FACES ON THE PATRIOTS
Cornerback Shawn Springs played for the Redskins from 2004-08 and was a popular player on the team and in the community. He is a native of Silver Spring, Md.
REDSKINS-PATRIOTS NEWS & NOTES
-- Fletcher And the Patriots
Perhaps no other Redskins player knows the Patriots like London Fletcher--or has as much motivation to play them.
In January 2002, Fletcher and the St. Louis Rams lost to the Patriots 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI. That game basically launched the Patriots' dynasty this decade.
The following season, Fletcher signed with the Buffalo Bills and competed against New England twice a year from 2002-06. The Bills' record against the Patriots in that span: 1-9.
In 2007, Fletcher and the Redskins lost to the Patriots 52-7 at Gillette Stadium in one of the worst defeats in franchise history.
Friday's matchup may only be preseason, but Fletcher expects the Redskins' intensity level to pick up this week.
"We know we are facing a really good football team," Fletcher said. "We are going to be playing for the majority of the football game. Obviously we have to be focused. We are watching a little more film. We are paying a lot more attention to everything so that we can play well."
Fletcher is among the NFL's iron men. He has started 135 consecutive regular season games, third-most among active players. (He trails Peyton Manning at 176 and Ronde Barber at 151.)
No player has amassed more tackles this decade than Fletcher. He has 1,244 tackles, ahead of Zack Thomas (1,181), Brian Urlacher (1,059) and Ray Lewis (1,054).
-- How the 80-Man Roster Was Built
The Redskins have 28 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2009 first-round pick Brian Orakpo and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon. Draft picks account for 35 percent of the Redskins roster.
Chris Samuels is the longest-tenured Redskins. He has played for the franchise since 2000.
Washington has used free agency to acquire 34 players, including Mike Sellers in 2004, Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter and Antwaan Randle El in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008 and Albert Haynesworth and Hunter Smith in 2009. Free agents account for 42.5 percent of the roster.
Fourteen Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes offensive lineman Stephon Heyer.
The team has acquired two players via trade. Clinton Portis was acquired in a 2004 trade with the Denver Broncos and Santana Moss joined the Redskins as part of a 2005 trade with the New York Jets.
The Redskins have claimed just two players off waivers: Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason.
-- Collins' Hometown Team
Todd Collins grew up in Walpole, Mass., and was a New England Patriots fan. He lived two miles away from Foxboro, Mass., where the Patriots have played their home games since 1971.
Some of his earliest memories revolved around the Patriots.
"I can remember coming home from Sunday school and the first thing I wanted to do was put on the Patriots game," Collins said.
To this day, many of Collins's closest friends are Patriots fans.
"I ask them, 'What if the Patriots are playing the Redskins? Who would you root for?'"
Their response: "'Well, it depends on if you're playing or not,'" Collins laughs. "And even then I'm not sure what their answer would be."
Collins has served as a Redskins backup quarterback since 2006.
-- Smith's Specials
Danny Smith has guided the Redskins' special teams unit since 2004. Kickoff returns and kick coverage have been a strong suit for the Redskins in that span.
The Redskins have given up only 20.5 yards per kickoff return, the second-best mark in the league during that span. The unit has been nearly as successful on kickoff returns, ranking seventh in the league in that span with a 23.2-yard average.
Last year, Washington's kickoff unit was among the league's top groups.
The Redskins allowed opponents an average starting field position of the 25.7-yard line, the sixth-best mark in the league. The Redskins' kickoff return unit also ranked sixth in the league with an average starting field position of the 29.0-yard line.
-- 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.
-- Spreading the Wealth
In 2008, Chris Cooley's 83 catches ranked 11th in the NFL and Santana Moss's 75 catches ranked 18th.
The Redskins were one of four teams last year, along with Arizona, Denver and Kansas City, to have two of the top 18 pass catches in the league.
Cooley has led the Redskins in receptions each of the last three years, while Moss led the team in catches in 2005.
-- Patriot Games
Both of the starting cornerbacks for the New England Patriots are new to the team this year. And they both hail from the Washington, D.C., region.
Shawn Springs grew up in Silver Spring, Md., and has played for the Seattle Seahawks (1997-2003) and Redskins (2004-08).
Leigh Bodden grew up in Hyattsville, Md. He has played for the Cleveland Browns (2003-07) and Detroit Lions (2008).
-- 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, the new Cowboys Stadium. (Cowboys Stadium is expandabe to seat up to 100,000.)
The Redskins set a single-game attendance record--90,910--in a Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Cowboys.
-- What's Next?
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Redskins must reduce their roster from 80 players to 75. It's the first set of roster cuts on the way down to the regular season limit of 53.
The Redskins close out preseason on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Sept. 3 in the preseason finale for both clubs.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The game is televised nationally on WRC-NBC 4 and Comcast SportsNet.