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Redskins-Cowboys GameDay Preview


WEEK 11:
Cowboys (5-4) vs. Redskins (3-6)

The Redskins renew their longstanding rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 20 at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

The Redskins-Cowboys game is presented by GEICO, proud partner of the Redskins Operation Salute Our Troops program.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 85,000.

The Cowboys' 5-4 record puts them in second place in the NFC East behind the New York Giants (6-3) while the Redskins' 3-6 mark ties them for last place with the Eagles.

The Redskins 1-2 in the NFC East, having beaten the New York Giants 28-14 at FedExField in Week 1 and lost to the Cowboys 18-16 in Week 3 and the Philadelphia Eagles 20-13 in Week 6.

The Cowboys are 1-1 in divisional play. Along with the victory over Washington, they lost to the Eagles 34-7 in Week 8.

The Redskins are 2-2 in home games this season but have not won at FedExField since Week 2. The Cowboys are 1-3 in road games.

The Redskins-Cowboys game will be televised locally on FOX. Kenny Albert calls the play by play with Darryl Johnston providing color commentary. Tony Siragusa reports from the sidelines.

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. Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.


WR13 Anthony Armstrong88 Dez Bryant
LT71 Trent Williams68 Doug Free
LG79 Maurice Hurt64 Montrae Holland
C63 Will Montgomery67 Phil Costa
RG66 Chris Chester63 Kyle Kosier
RT77 Jammal Brown77 Tyron Smith
TE83 Fred Davis82 Jason Witten
WR10 Jabar Gaffney19 Miles Austin
QB8 Rex Grossman9 Tony Romo
FB36 Darrel Young24 Tony Fiammetta
RB46 Ryan Torain28 Felix Jones

DE94 Adam Carriker99 Kenyon Coleman
NT96 Barry Cofield90 Jay Ratliff
DE72 Stephen Bowen97 Jason Hatcher
LB91 Ryan Kerrigan93 Anthony Spencer
LB59 London Fletcher56 Bradie James
LB56 Perry Riley50 Sean Lee
LB98 Brian Orakpo94 DeMarcus Ware
CB23 DeAngelo Hall41 Terence Newman
CB26 Josh Wilson21 Mike Jenkins
SS30 LaRon Landry43 Gerald Sensabaugh
FS20 O.J. Atogwe26 Abram Elam

P6 Sav Rocca1 Mat McBriar
K4 Graham Gano5 Dan Bailey
H6 Sav Rocca1 Mat McBriar
LS57 Nick Sundberg91 L.P. Ladouceur
KOR16 Brandon Banks11 Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
PR16 Brandon Banks11 Akwasi Owusu-Ansah


Sunday's Redskins-Cowboys matchup marks the 104th time the two clubs have played since their storied rivalry began in 1960.

The two teams have played at least twice a year each regular season since 1961, with the exception of the strike-shortened 1982 season.

Dallas leads the all-time series 61-40-2, with victories in 21 of the last 28 games.

In Week 3 earlier this year, the Cowboys prevailed 18-16 on Monday Night Football at Cowboys Stadium. In what turned out to be a defensive struggle, the two teams exchanged field goal in the first half and were tied 9-9 at halftime.

Rex Grossman completed 22-of-37 passes for 250 yards including a 1-yard TD pass to running back Tim Hightower with four minutes left in the third quarter.

Dallas responded, however. Kicker Dan Bailey converted three more field goals, accounting for all of the Cowboys' points. Linebacker Anthony Spencer dragged down Grossman and stripped the ball late in the fourth quarter, and the fumble was recovered by linebacker Sean Lee. The turnover secured Dallas's win.

The last time Washington and Dallas played at FedExField was in Week 1 of the 2010 season. The Redskins won 13-7. With seconds left before halftime, DeAngelo Hall stripped the ball from then-Cowboys running back Tashard Choice, scooped it up and raced 32 yards for a touchdown.

In the game's final seconds, the Cowboys appeared to score a game-winning touchdown, but Brian Orakpo was held by right tackle Alex Barron and the score was nullified.

The first time the two clubs met was in 1960. The Cowboys were just three weeks old as a franchise and had just lost their first NFL game. Dallas headed to Washington for its first-ever road contest and lost 26-14 in front of 21,142 fans.

The Redskins and Cowboys have clashed twice in the postseason, with Washington winning both meetings: 26-3 in the 1972 NFC Championship Game and 31-17 in the 1982 NFC Championship Game.


Total Offense27310.1
Rushing Offense3186.7
Passing Offense18223.4
Total Defense12337.1
Rushing Defense18120.4
Passing Defense9216.7

Total Offense5403.9
Rushing Offense9125.4
Passing Offense6278.4
Total Defense9327.8
Rushing Defense11106.0
Passing Defense13221.8


Guard Derrick Dockery played for the Redskins from 2003-06 and 2009-10. He was the Redskins' third-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

NFL scout Kevin Simon was a 2006 seventh-round draft pick by the Redskins but he was released by the club in preseason.

Midwest area scout Bill DeKraker was in the Redskins' scouting department from 1995-97.


-- Highlights of the Rivalry

The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is always a highlight of the NFL regular season. Heading into Monday night's game, here's a breakdown of the series:

-- 50 games have been decided by 10 points or more
-- 34 games have been decided by two or more touchdowns
-- 19 games have been decided by three or more touchdowns
-- 43 games have been decided by less than a touchdown
-- There have been two ties, a 28-28 game in 1961 and a 35-35 game in 1962
-- Dallas had a 10-game winning streak from 1997-2002
-- Biggest Redskins win was by 28 points in 2005
-- Biggest Redskins loss was by 35 points in 1993
-- The two clubs have played 15 Monday Night games, six Thanksgiving games, five Sunday night games and a Saturday game
-- The two clubs have played eight season openers and eight season finales

-- From Texas to the Redskins

The Redskins have five players who who hail from the state of Texas.

Anthony Armstrong (Carrollton), Jammal Brown (Waxahachie), Trent Williams (Longview) and Aldrick Robinson (Waxahachie) grew up in the suburbs of Dallas.

And Brian Orakpo hails from Houston.

Orakpo recently said the rivalry between Dallas and Houston has been intense over the years.

"Houston and Dallas, we don't like each other, man," Orakpo said. "We hate each other. We are always trying to see who's the better big city down there."

-- Eye On Cowboys

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is 5-4 all-time as a starter vs. Washington. He has completed 193-of-306 passes (63.1 percent) for 2,142 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Tight end Jason Witten has played 17 games vs. Washington and caught 75 passes for 845 yards and four touchdowns.

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff has had great success against the Redskins. In 11 games, he has logged 38 tackles, five sacks and 12 QB pressures. He had two-sack games vs. Washington in 2008 and 2009 meetings.

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware has played 13 games vs. Washington and logged 75 tackles, 10 sacks and 19 QB pressures. In the last three matchups, Ware has logged four sacks against the Redskins.

Cornerback Terence Newman has 67 tackles and nine interceptions in 16 games vs. Washington. He had a career-best three interceptions in a 2003 game and eight of his 23 career interceptions have come against Redskins quarterbacks.

-- How the Redskins' 53-Man Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 19 players on the roster that the team drafted, including each of the first-round draft picks (Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo) of the last three years.

Washington has used free agency to acquire 23 players, including Mike Sellers in 2004, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Rex Grossman in 2010 and Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen in 2011.

Four Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes cornerback Byron Westbrook, wide receiver Brandon Banks, tight end Logan Paulsen and offensive tackle Willie Smith

The team has acquired six players via trade: Santana Moss (Jets) in 2005, John Beck (Ravens), Jammal Brown (Saints) and Adam Carriker (Rams) in 2010 and Jabar Gaffney (Broncos) and Tim Hightower (Cardinals) in 2011.

The Redskins have one player they acquired off waivers: running back Tashard Choice, acquired on Oct. 31. (He was previously with Dallas.)

-- FedExField Goes Green

The Redskins and NRG Energy are bringing renewable energy to FedExField: new solar power installations have been integrated into the stadium and in the parking lots.

The solar power system will provide a portion of the stadium's electricity needs on game days and can generate enough power to serve all of its electrical needs on non-game days.

NRG is installing three different types of solar panels that together will generate two megawatts of electricity. NRG is covering 850 spaces in the Platinum A1 Parking Lot with 8,000 solar panels.

Not only will the solar panels generate power for the stadium, they provide covered parking to protect fans from inclement weather and enhance the tailgating experience on game days.

The installation will include translucent solar panels, sculptures featuring thin film solar technology and 10 electric vehicle charging stations.

-- Traffic Alerts Via Text Messaging

For the 2011 season, the Redskins are providing traffic alerts via text message, giving fans access to regular updates on the best routes to use to get to FedExField on gameday.

The service provides information on gameday bottlenecks to avoid up until kickoff, as well as announcements on any post-game traffic issues that arise to help fans get to and from the stadium for every home game.

Redskins staff monitor traffic on the Beltway, Landover Road, Arena Drive and Central Avenue to provide up-to-the-minute updates. Fans can opt-in to these alerts by completing the signup form at

The Redskins also have updated route guidance to the stadium to give fans alternatives to Beltway exits 15, 16 and 17, including turn-by-turn guidance so fans from Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia can enter the stadium grounds from the west on either Landover Road or Central Avenue. This information and more can be found online at

-- Gathering Moss

Santana Moss won't play on Sunday vs. Dallas as he recuperates from a fractured hand. How much will he be missed? Plenty.

In his 9-year career, he has produced some of his best career games against the Cowboys, though.

In the Week 3 game between the two clubs earlier this year, Moss caught five passes for a team-best 70 yards, including a 36-yarder. In 2010, in Week 15 at Cowboys Stadium, Moss caught eight passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

Overall, Moss has caught 78 passes for 1,125 yards -- a 14.4 yards-per-catch clip -- and six touchdowns in 13 career games against the Cowboys.

Of course, Moss's best game versus Dallas came on Sept. 19, 2005 when he caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, a 39-yarder and 70-yarder from Mark Brunell, to help the Redskins come back and beat the Cowboys 14-13 at Texas Stadium.

-- Putting the 'D' In D.C.

The Redskins experienced growing pains in 2010, finishing 31st overall in the league in total defense. Two games into Year 2 of the Redskins' 3-4 scheme, defense is back in D.C.

In 2010, the Redskins entered Week 3 ranked 32nd in the NFL in total defense and 31st in pass defense with a 372.5-yard average. In 2011, the Redskins have knocked 137 yards off that average, surrendering 235.5 passing yards per game.

The Redskins have held opponents to 17.5 points per game and lead the NFL in third-down defense (21.05 percent) through two games.

In Week 1, the defensive line accounted for 3.5 of the team's four sacks against the New York Giants. In Week 2, the linebackers totaled three sacks, a forced fumble and five quarterback hits.

Through two games, the Redskins are tied for fourth in the NFL with seven sacks.

Overall, the Redskins have allowed just 16 touchdowns this season, which is third-least in the NFL this season behind San Francisco (13) and Baltimore (14).

-- Redskins' Strength of Schedule

The Redskins have the NFL's 29th toughest schedule in 2011, according to the NFL. (Or, in other words, the Redskins have the NFL's fourth easiest schedule.)

The Redskins' opponents for the 2011 season produced a 121-135 record last year, a .473 winning percentage.

Only the Arizona Cardinals (.441), Baltimore Ravens (.457) and San Francisco 49ers (.465) have easier schedules than the Redskins.

The Redskins play six games against teams who finished .500 or better in 2010. They play five games against 2010 playoff opponents.

In the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys have the 15th toughest schedule (.504), the Philadelphia Eagles have the 17th toughest schedule (.504) and the New York Giants have the 23rd toughest schedule.

-- Redskins Sack-masters

The Redskins enter Week 11 ranked tied for third in the NFL with 27 sacks.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo leads the defense with 5.5 sacks so far this season. He is on pace for 10 sacks, the second time in three seasons he would have reached double digits in sacks.

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is second on the defense with five sacks, including two in last week's game vs. Miami. Kerrigan is targeting Orakpo's rookie record of 11 sacks in 2009.Kerrigan also has four forced fumbles, tied for first in the NFL.

The Redskins are on pace for 48 sacks in the regular season, which would be the seventh-highest single-season total in franchise history.

-- London Calling

London Fletcher has been one of the NFL's most consistent and productive defensive players throughout his 14-year career.

That continues this season, his fifth in the nation's capital. The 5-foot-10, 245-pound Fletcher has earned Pro Bowl berths each of the last two years.

Fletcher enters this Sunday's game with a streak of 172 consecutive starts, second-best among active players behind Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber (192).

Fletcher has played in 217 consecutive games, which is tied with Barber for most in the league.

Last year also marked the 13th straight in which Fletcher recorded at least 100 tackles, dating back to 1999 when he was in his second season with the St. Louis Rams.

-- 'Rocc'-Star

Sav Rocca, the Redskins' 37-year-old Australian punter, is off to a strong start in his first year in Washington. Overall, he is averaging 44.9 yards per punt.

He is tied for first in the NFL with 18 punts downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

Rocca enters Week 11 with a 40.8-yard net punting average, which if maintained would be the highest average in Redskins franchise history. Matt Turk currently hold the single-season record for net punting, having averaged 39.2 net yards in both 1996 and 1997.

"Net is really the team stat that we look at after my punt," Rocca explained. "If I give it as much hang time as possible for these guys to get down there, then they're not going to have any return yards."

Rocca is also one of four punters in the NFL to have zero touchbacks (in a minimum of 25 punts).

-- Shanahan File

With the Redskins' Week 4 win over the St. Louis Rams, Mike Shanahan recorded his 163rd career win (regular season and postseason) as a head coach.

Shanahan's career record is 163-119, a .578 winning percentage. That win total is 15th best among all-time NFL head coaches. He surpassed Bill Cowher with the Redskins' Week 2 win over Arizona.

Among active head coaches, Shanahan's record is second only to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who has a 183-103 record.

Shanahan has won games against every NFL opponent. He is 4-3 all-time against the Cowboys, including 1-2 as Redskins head coach.

-- Grossman And 300

Rex Grossman's 305-yard passing performance in the Redskins' season-opening win over the New York Giants on Sept. 11 was his fourth career 300-yard passing game.

Three of his four 300-yard games have come in his nine starts with the Redskins.

Grossman passed for 322 yards on Dec. 19, 2010 against the Dallas Cowboys and 336 yards on Jan. 2 against the Giants to go along with his performance on Sept. 11.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins will travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Nov. 27 at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field). Kickoff is 4:05 p.m. ET.

Washington is 10-4 all-time against Seattle in the regular season and 0-2 in the postseason. The Redskins have won the last five regular-season matchups but the Seahawks won playoff games in 2005 and 2007, both at CenturyLink Field.

Head coach Mike Shanahan's overall record vs. Seattle is 11-8, all while he was with Denver. The game also marks the return of offensive tackle Sean Locklear to Seattle, where he played the first eight years of his NFL career.

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