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Redskins Open '07 Season vs. Miami


The Redskins have played a home opener in seven of the last eight years. That's a trend that will continue in 2007.

This year the Miami Dolphins will supply the Week 1 opposition at FedExField on Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m.

The Redskins are at Philly on Week 2 for a Monday Night contest. They host the Giants on Week 3 in another pivotal NFC East matchup.

Since 1999, the only time the Redskins opened on the road was in 2001. On that occasion Washington was routed at San Diego 30-3.

A year ago, of course, the Redskins opened on Monday Night against Minnesota and the decision went the Vikings' way: 19-16.

Overall, though, the Redskins are 5-3 in Week 1 outings since the 1999 campaign.

The Dolphins are in a state of flux and are coming off a 6-10 season in which they finished at the bottom of the AFC East.

Somewhat unceremoniously, last year's head coach Nick Saban departed to return to the college game at Alabama.

He has been succeeded by Cam Cameron, who last year was the offensive coordinator at San Diego for Marty Schottenheimer.

Cameron was the quarterbacks coach for the Redskins and Norv Turner between 1994-96. In Cameron's last year in Washington, Gus Frerotte made the Pro Bowl for the Redskins.

Cameron was the head coach at Indiana for five seasons (1997-2001). In 2001, Hoosier quarterback Antwaan Randle El earned All-America status.

Miami's key issue for 2007 has to do with the quarterback position. Daunte Culpepper struggled in 2006 and then the Dolphins turned to Joey Harrington.

The last time the Redskins played Miami was in 2003 in South Florida. Ricky Williams and the Dolphins prevailed 24-23 in South Florida on Week 12 of that season.

The Dolphins' last visit to FedExField came on Jan. 2, 2000. Washington won that one 21-10 in the last regular-season game for Miami Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.

That Sept. 9 Dolphins-Redskins game could be a memorable one for veteran offensive lineman Todd Wade, who played the first four seasons of his NFL career in South Florida.

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