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Week 14: Redskins (4-9) vs. Giants (7-6)

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Gameday Graphic for Game on 12/21/2009

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The Redskins begin a two-game stretch against the NFC East with a nationally televised matchup against the New York Giants on Monday, Dec. 21 at FedExField. Kickoff is 8:30 p.m.

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

The Redskins are 0-4 against the NFC East this season. In Week 1, they lost to the Giants 23-17 at the Meadowlands.

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At FedExField, the Redskins are 3-3 this season, with wins against St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Denver and losses to Kansas City, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

The Redskins are coming off a 34-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders last Sunday.

The Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 45-38 on Sunday Night Football.

The Redskins-Giants game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN. Mike Tirico handles the play-by-play with color commentary provided by Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden. Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya 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 Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.

Jorge Andres and Mario Alfaro call the game in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 730.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos.RedskinsGiants
WR89 Santana Moss82 Mario Manningham
LT76 Levi Jones66 David Diehl
LG66 Derrick Dockery69 Rich Seubert
C61 Casey Rabach60 Shaun O'Hara
RG71 Mike Williams76 Chris Snee
RT74 Stephon Heyer67 Kareem McKenzie
TE86 Fred Davis89 Kevin Boss
WR11 Devin Thomas12 Steve Smith
QB17 Jason Campbell10 Eli Manning
FB45 Mike Sellers39 Madison Hedgecock
RB35 Quinton Ganther27 Brandon Jacobs
DEFENSE
Pos.RedskinsGiants
DE99 Andre Carter91 Justin Tuck
DT92 A. Haynesworth96 Barry Cofield
DT96 Cornelius Griffin99 Chris Canty
DE93 Phillip Daniels94 Mathias Kiawanuka
LB/DE98 Brian Orakpo55 Danny Clark
MLB59 London Fletcher54 Jonathan Goff
WLB52 Rocky McIntosh52 Michael Boley
LCB23 DeAngelo Hall23 Corey Webster
RCB22 Carlos Rogers24 Terrell Thomas
SS37 Reed Doughty31 Aaron Ross
FS30 LaRon Landry26 Aaron Rouse
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.RedskinsGiants
P3 Hunter Smith18 Jeff Feagles
K4 Graham Gano9 Lawrence Tynes
H3 Hunter Smith18 Jeff Feagles
LS67 Ethan Albright51 Zak DeOssie
KOR11 Devin Thomas87 Domenik Hixon
PR82 Antwaan Randle El87 Domenik Hixon


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and New York Giants have played each other every year since 1932, with the Giants leading the series 89-62-4. The two teams have played each other more than any other team in each club's history.

In Washington, the Giants have a 40-37-2 edge in the series.

The Redskins and Giants have split the season series four times in the last six years.

In Week 1 earlier this season, the Giants defeated the Redskins 23-17 at the Meadowlands. The Redskins' offense struggled to get into a rhythm, posting just 272 total yards, while poor tackling by the defense allowed wide receiver Mario Manningham to score on a 30-yard touchdown catch-and-run.

In what turned out to be a pivotal play, defensive end Osi Umenyiora stripped Jason Campbell of the ball in the second quarter and scooped up the fumble. He raced 37 yards for a touchdown.

Redskins special teams produced the play of the day when Hunter Smith scored on an 8-yard touchdown run via a fake field goal attempt late in the first half. It was hoped that the play would provide a spark in the second half, but the Giants held on for the win.

Last year, the Giants swept the Redskins in both games, en route to winning the NFC East crown. They defeated the Redskins 16-7 at Giants Stadium in the NFL regular season opener on Sept. 4., and then won 23-7 on Nov. 30 at FedExField.

The Redskins' first-ever game in Washington, D.C., was against the Giants. On Sept. 16, 1937, the Redskins defeated the Giants 13-3 in front of 19,941 fans at D.C. Stadium.

The Redskins and Giants have played twice in the postseason, once in 1943 with the Redskins winning 28-0 to advance to the NFL Championship game.

In 1986, the Giants defeated Joe Gibbs's Redskins 17-0 in the NFC Championship game at Giants Stadium.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense22319.2
Rushing Offense23100.9
Passing Offense17218.2

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense7305.5Rushing Defense22117.5Passing Defense4188.0

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GIANTS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense9382.4
Rushing Offense10125.2
Passing Offense8257.2

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense5307.2Rushing Defense9100.6Passing Defense9206.5

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FAMILIAR FACES ON THE GIANTS

Offensive line coach Pat Flahertywas a Redskins tight ends coach in 2000.

Tight ends coach Michael Pope was a Redskins tight ends coach from 1997-99.

Linebacker Antonio Pierce played for the Redskins from 2001-04. He was a backup his first three years, and then emerged as a starter at middle linebacker in 2004. He left the Redskins in 2005 as a free agent. Pierce is currently on injured reserve.

Practice squad fullback Nehemiah Broughton played for the Redskins from 2005-07. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2005.

Player development consultant Jessie Armstead was a linebacker with the Redskins from 2003-04.


REDSKINS ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Since the inception of Monday Night Football in 1970, Washington is 26-31 all-time playing in the nationally televised Monday contests.

The Redskins made their MNF debut in 1970 in a 34-10 road loss to the Oakland Raiders.

The last time the Redskins played on Monday Night Football was against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 26, 2009. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 27-17 at FedExField.

Washington is 16-13 all-time playing at home on Monday Night Football.

The Redskins' last home win on MNF was a 21-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 13, 1997.


REDSKINS-GIANTS NEWS & NOTES

-- Third Quarter's The Charm

Through 13 games this season, Washington has been dominant in the third quarter.

The Redskins have outscored opponents in the third quarter this season by a 69-to-16 margin, a 53-point differential.

The Arizona Cardinals are second with a 72-to-31 scoring margin in the the third quarter, a 41-point differential.

The Redskins have allowed the fewest points in the third quarter with 16.

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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.

-- Family Ties

Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss is the older brother of Giants third-year wide receiver Sinorice Moss.

Santana had 79 catches for 1,044 yards and six touchdowns last season, while Sinorice had 12 catches for 153 yards and two TDs.

The Moss brothers grew up together in Miami.

They have hosted the annual Moss Brothers Celebrity Weekend in which the visit and spend time with youth in Miami.

The event includes a cookout, a football clinic, a charity basketball or softball game and an autograph session with current and former NFL and NBA players.

-- Manning's the Man

Playing against the Redskins, Eli Manning has been up and down in his career.

Overall, Manning has played in 10 games against the Redskins, completing 181-of-343 passes for 2,053 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Manning's best game against the Redskins was on Oct. 8, 2006, in a 19-3 win. He completed 23-of-33 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown.

-- Quiet Ex-Giant

Redskins defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin played for the Giants from 2000-03. He was a second-round draft pick by the Giants in 2000.

Even though he maintains a low profile on the team, Griffin remains a central figure in the Redskins' defense.

When healthy, he has proven to be a dominating force in the middle of the defensive line.

-- D-Line Sackmasters

The Redskins' starting defensive line of Phillip Daniels, Cornelius Griffin, Albert Haynesworth and Andre Carter has combined for 178.5 career sacks.

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

Carter leads the Redskins' defensive line with 11 sacks this season. He has 63.5 in his career and 31.5 in five seasons with the Redskins.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Dec. 27 at FedExField in another prime time matchup. Kickoff is 8:20 p.m.

The game will be televised nationally on NBC.

The Redskins close out the regular season on Sunday, Jan. 3 against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

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