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Week 12: Redskins (3-8) vs. Saints (11-0)

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The Redskins take on the undefeated New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Dec. 6 at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

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FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 91,704.

The Redskins, in last place in the NFC East through Week 12, are 3-2 at FedExField this season.

They are coming off a 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Redskins are 1-2 playing against the NFC South this season. They defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-13 in Week 4, lost to the Carolina Panthers 20-17 in Week 5 and lost to the Atlanta Falcons 31-17 in Week 9.

The Saints are coming off a 38-17 victory over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. The win improved the Saints to a franchise-best 11-0.

The Redskins-Saints game will be broadcast regionally on FOX. Sam Rosen calls the play-by-play and Tim Ryan adds color commentary. Nischelle Turner 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. Former Redskin Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.

Jorge Andres and Mario Alfaro call the game in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 730, with Cristina Cruz reporting from the sidelines.

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PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Official Redskins-Saints FlipCard (PDF)
OFFENSE
Pos.RedskinsSaints
WR89 Santana Moss12 Marques Colston
LT76 Levi Jones74 Jermon Bushrod
LG66 Derrick Dockery77 Carl Nicks
C61 Casey Rabach76 Jonathan Goodwin
RG71 Mike Williams73 Jahri Evans
RT74 Stephon Heyer78 Jon Stinchcomb
TE86 Fred Davis88 Jeremy Shockey
WR11 Devin Thomas19 Devery Henderson
QB17 Jason Campbell9 Drew Brees
FB45 Mike Sellers36 Kyle Eckel
RB31 Rock Cartwright23 Pierre Thomas
DEFENSE
Pos.RedskinsSaints
DE99 Andre Carter94 Charles Grant
DT96 Cornelius Griffin98 Sedrick Ellis
DT92 A. Haynesworth92 Remi Ayodele
DE93 Phillip Daniels91 Will Smith
LB98 Brian Orakpo55 Scott Fujita
LB59 London Fletcher51 Jonathan Vilma
LB52 Rocky McIntosh58 Scott Shanle
LCB23 DeAngelo Hall32 Jabari Greer
RCB27 Fred Smoot27 Malcolm Jenkins
SS37 Reed Doughty41 Roman Harper
FS30 LaRon Landry42 Darren Sharper
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.RedskinsSaints
P3 Hunter Smith6 Thomas Morstead
K6 Shaun Suisham3 John Carney
H3 Hunter Smith11 Mark Brunell
LS67 Ethan Albright57 Jason Kyle
KOR31 Rock Cartwright15 Courtney Roby
PR82 A. Randle El25 Reggie Bush


SERIES HISTORY

The Saints and Redskins have played 22 times, with the Redskins leading the series by a 15-7 count. Overall, the Redskins are 7-4 when hosting the Saints at either D.C. Stadium, RFK Stadium or FedExField.

The last three games in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less.

The Redskins won the last meeting 29-24 at FedExField. Santana Moss caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to seal a fourth-quarter comeback for the Redskins.

Campbell finished the game with 24-of-36 completions for 321 yards. Moss was his top beneficiary with seven catches for 164 yards and the touchdown. Chris Cooley added five catches for 72 yards.

Clinton Portis led a hard-nosed ground game that compiled 149 rushing yards. He rushed for 96 yards on 21 carries and had two second-half touchdowns.

The defense turned in several big plays critical to the win. Rookie Chris Horton, starting for an ill Reed Doughty, had a big day. He intercepted two passes, including one in the fourth quarter, and recovered a fumble.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense25309.0
Rushing Offense21102.2
Passing Offense20206.8

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense8298.3Rushing Defense25127.9Passing Defense1170.4

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SAINTS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense1425.9
Rushing Offense5150.5
Passing Offense4275.4

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense16333.8Rushing Defense20116.3Passing Defense18217.5

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FAMILIAR FACES ON THE SAINTS

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams served as assistant head coach-defense with the Redskins from 2004-07.

Quarterbacks-passing game coach Pete Carmichael, Jr., served as a quality control coach for the Redskins in 2001.

Backup quarterback Mark Brunell played with the Redskins from 2004-07. He joined the Redskins in March 2004 as part of a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played in 35 games with the Redskins, completing 59 percent of his passes for 6,033 yards, 38 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Backup safety Pierson Prioleau played for the Redskins from 2005-07.

Cornerback Leigh Torrence played for the Redskins from 2006-08. He is currently on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.


REDSKINS-SAINTS NEWS & NOTES

-- Williams Returns With Saints

Gregg Williams returns to FedExField this Sunday as defensive coordinator of the New Orleaons Saints.

Williams spent four years with the Redskins as assistant head coach-defense under Joe Gibbs. From 2004-07, the Redskins ranked sixth in the NFL in defense (306.6 yards per game allowed), second in the NFC and seventh in rushing defense (103.8).

The Redskins allowed only 19.4 points per game during that span, the ninth-fewest in the NFL.

In January 2008, Williams was a candidate for the Redskins' head coaching job, but the team eventually hired Jim Zorn instead.

Williams was replaced in Washington by Greg Blache, his former defensive line coach.

Williams maintains friendships with several Redskins coaches and players, including Jerry Gray, Steve Jackson, Kirk Olivadotti, London Fletcher and Cornelius Griffin.

-- Campbell Moves Up

With Jason Campbell's two touchdown passes last Sunday against Philadelphia, he moved past Norm Snead for eighth all-time in Redskins franchise history.

Campbell has 47 career touchdown passes in 47 career starts with the Redskins.

Campbell's 1-yard touchdown run on the Redskins' first possession last week marked the first time Washington scored a rushing touchdown on its opening drive since Week 3 of 2008 against Arizona. In that contest, Clinton Portis had a 3-yard touchdown run.

This season, Campbell ranks 10th in the NFL and fourth in the NFC with a 65.2 completion percentage.

He ranks 14th in the NFL and seventh in the NFC with a fourth quarter passer rating of 92.3.

-- Moss vs. New Orleans

Santana Moss produced 2008's signature play when the Redskins hosted the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 that year,

With 3:38 left in the game, Moss caught a 67-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to spark the Redskins to a 29-24 win. Moss ran a post pattern against then-rookie cornerback Tracy Porter. Campbell stepped up in the pocket to avoid the rush and lofted the deep pass to Moss.

Moss also caught an 8-yard pass with 1:58 left in the game to seal the Redskins' win.

In two career games against New Orleans, Moss has caught 10 passes for 201 yards, including 67- and 31-yard touchdown catches.

-- Blache And New Orleans

Greg Blache hails from New Orleans and maintains close ties to the city.

He has previously served on the coaching staff at Tulane from 1976-80 and later at Southern University in 1986.

Asked about the state of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Blache said in an interview in September 2008: "Without the Saints, New Orleans would be a difficult place to live and it's a great gift for the city to have a team like that."

He added: "I am proud to be from New Orleans and I love the culture down there, but this week the Saints are the opponents and I have to divorce myself from that attachment. I may have a little gumbo and French bread for dinner, but after that it's back to the Redskins."

-- More Redskins' Ties to New Orleans Region

Chris Horton is a New Orleans native. His grandfather was among the casualties from the Hurricane Katrina tragedy in 2005.

LaRon Landry is from Ama, La., a suburb of New Orleans. He played college football at LSU.

Jason Campbell grew up in Taylorsville, Miss., which is roughly 1.5 hours from New Orleans.

Chris Samuels grew up in Mobile, Ala., which is about an hour from New Orleans.

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-- Redskins Team Captains

The Redskins have elected captains for the offense, defense and special teams.

For the offense, it's quarterback Jason Campbell and left tackle Chris Samuels.

For the defense, it's defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin and linebacker London Fletcher.

For special teams, it's running back Rock Cartwright and fullback Mike Sellers.

Sellers is the newcomer of the captains this year. The other five were also voted team captains in 2008.

-- Strength of Schedule

Washington's strength of schedule for 2009 was ranked 16th in the NFL at .492. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 125-129-2.

The Redskins play a total of seven games against 2008 playoff teams, with four of those games against NFC East foes Philadelphia and New York.

The Miami Dolphins have the NFL's toughest schedule at .594. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 152-104.

The Chicago Bears have the NFL's easiest schedule at .414. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 105-149-2.

-- QB Rating vs. Redskins

The Redskins' defense has continued its NFL-best streak of not allowing an opposing quarterback to reach a QB rating of 100 or more.

The defense improved its streak to 33 games in last Sunday's game vs. Philadelphia. The stat is based on a minimum of 20 pass attempts.

Eagles quaterback Donovan McNabb completed 21-of-35 passes for 260 yards, one touchdown and one interception and a QB rating of 80.7.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was the last QB to post a 100 passer rating with 20 or more pass attempts against the Redskins. He accomplished it on Nov. 18, 2007, in a 28-23 win over the Redskins at Texas Stadium.

-- Thomas Time?

Devin Thomas has started seven of the Redskins' 11 games this season and has shown signs of coming on in recent weeks.

Last Sunday in Philadelphia, Thomas caught four catches for 46 yards, career highs for the second-year receiver.

His 35-yard reception in the third quarter was also a career high.

For the season, Thomas has posted 16 catches for 187 yards and one touchdown.

-- D-Line Sackmasters

The Redskins' starting defensive line of Phillip Daniels, Cornelius Griffin, Albert Haynesworth and Andre Carter has combined for 176.5 career sacks.

That's the most of any starting defensive line in the NFL.

Cornelius Griffin registered his 29th career sack last Sunday in Dallas. That ties him for seventh place among active defensive tackles.

Albert Haynesworth's 27 career sacks is tied for 10th among active defensive tackles.

-- Red Zone Defense

The Redskins lead the NFL in red zone efficiency, allowing opponents only eight touchdowns in 25 trips, a 32.0 percent clip.

Last week in Philadelphia, the Redskins stopped the Eagles three times in the red zone, forcing three field goals.

Overall, the defense is ranked eighth in the NFL, 25th against the rush and first against the pass. The unit is 10th in the NFL in points allowed.

The defense also leads the NFL in fourth-down efficiency.

-- Payton's Place

Saints head coach Sean Payton has served as an assistant coach for three NFC East teams, but not the Redskins.

He was coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1997-98, New York Giants from 1999-2002 and Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05.

In two-plus seasons as head coach of the Saints, Payton has compiled a 37-24 record.

-- Legend of Lombardi

New Orleans Saints offensive assistant coach Joe Lombardi is the grandson of Hall of Fame legend Vince Lombardi.

Vince Lombardi, of course, was head coach and executive vice president of the Redskins in 1969. (Vince Lombardi passed away following the 1969 season.)

Joe Lombardi has also coached tight ends and tackles at Virginia Military Institite in 1999.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins resume the AFC West portion of their schedule with a road trip to Oakland to take on the Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

Washington is 1-1 against the AFC West this season, having lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 14-6 and defeated the Denver Broncos 27-17.

The Redskins are 0-6 in road games this season and have lost nine consecutive road games dating back to last year.

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