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Week 15: Redskins (4-10) vs. Cowboys (9-5)

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Gameday Graphic for Game on 12/27/2009

The Redskins play their final home game of the 2009 season when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 27 at FedExField. Kickoff is 8:20 p.m. ET.

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

Sunday's game marks the 100th meeting between the Redskins and Cowboys in their storied rivalry.

The Redskins are 0-5 in NFC East play this season. Their last win against an NFC East team was on Dec. 21, 2008 in a 10-3 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Week 11 earlier this year, the Redskins lost to the Cowboys 7-6 at Cowboys Stadium.

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

On Monday night, the Redskins lost to the Giants 45-12 at FedExField.

Dallas is coming off a 24-17 upset win over the previously undefeated New Orleans Saints.

The Redskins-Cowboys game will be televised to a national audience on NBC. Al Michaels handles the play-by-play with color commentary provided by Cris Collinsworth.

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. Cristina Cruz reports from the sidelines.

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PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Official Redskins-Cowboys FlipCard (PDF)
OFFENSE
Pos.RedskinsCowboys
WR89 Santana Moss11 Roy Williams
LT76 Levi Jones76 Flozell Adams
LG66 Derrick Dockery63 Kyle Kosier
C61 Casey Rabach65 Andre Gurode
RG71 Mike Williams70 Leonard Davis
RT74 Stephon Heyer68 Doug Free
TE86 Fred Davis82 Jason Witten
WR11 Devin Thomas19 Miles Austin
QB17 Jason Campbell9 Tony Romo
FB45 Mike Sellers34 Deon Anderson
RB46 Ladell Betts24 Marion Barber
DEFENSE
Pos.RedskinsCowboys
DE99 Andre Carter96 Marcus Spears
DT96 Cornelius Griffin90 Jay Ratliff
DT92 Albert Haynesworth99 Igor Olshansky
DE/LB93 Phillip Daniels93 Anthony Spencer
LB/DE98 Brian Orakpo56 Bradie James
LB59 London Fletcher51 Keith Brooking
LB52 Rocky McIntosh94 DeMarcus Ware
LCB23 DeAngelo Hall41 Terence Newman
RCB22 Carlos Rogers21 Mike Jenkins
SS37 Reed Doughty43 Gerald Sensabaugh
FS30 LaRon Landry26 Ken Hamlin
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.RedskinsCowboys
P3 Hunter Smith1 Mat McBriar
K4 Graham Gano4 Shaun Suisham
H3 Hunter Smith1 Mat McBriar
LS67 Ethan Albright91 L.P. Ladouceur
KOR11 Devin Thomas28 Felix Jones
PR89 Santana Moss84 Patrick Crayton


SERIES HISTORY

Sunday's Redskins-Cowboys matchup marks the 100th 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 59-39-2, with victories in 18 of the last 24 games. The Redskins have won five of the last nine contests.

In the last matchup, on Nov. 22, 2009, Dallas defeated Washington 7-6 in Week 11 at Cowboys Stadium.

The Redskins led most of the game, courtesy of two field goals. In the fourth quarter, with 2:50 left in the game, quarterback Tony Romo threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Patrick Crayton to give the Cowboys a 7-6 lead.

Plenty of time left for Jason Campbell and the Redskins' offense to get in position for a game-winning field goal. Campbell dropped back to pass at the 33-yard line and rolled left. He threw--but Cowboys defensive end Stephen Bowen had broken off a block by Derrick Dockery and batted the pass up into the air.

Linebacker Anthony Spencer grabbed the ball for what amounted to a game-ending interception.

The Redskins and Cowboys have split their season series each of the last three seasons. The Redskins swept the Cowboys in 2005.

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 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.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense23317.9
Rushing Offense25100.1
Passing Offense16217.9

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense9311.3Rushing Defense23117.2Passing Defense5194.1

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COWBOYS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense3394.5
Rushing Offense7129.7
Passing Offense7264.8

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense14329.9Rushing Defense697.7Passing Defense21232.2

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FAMILIAR FACES ON THE COWBOYS

Kicker Shaun Suisham was with the Redskins from 2006-09. He was released by the club on Dec. 8 after he missed a 23-yard field goal that would have helped secure a win over the New Orleans Saints. He signed on with the Cowboys on Dec. 21.

Linebacker Steve Octavien spent a week on the Redskins' practice squad in 2008.

Combine scout Kevin Simon was a 2006 seventh-round draft pick by the Redskins but he was cut in preseason.

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


REDSKINS-COWBOYS NEWS & NOTES

-- Highlights of the Rivalry

The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is always a highlight of the NFL regular season. Here's a breakdown of the series:

-- 49 games have been decided by 10 points or more
-- 33 games have been decided by two or more touchdowns
-- 19 games have been decided by three or more touchdowns
-- 40 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 14 Monday Night games, six Thanksgiving games, five Sunday night games, one Friday game and a Saturday game
-- The two clubs have played eight season openers and seven season finales

-- Zorn As a Cowboy

As an undrafted rookie quarterback, Jim Zorn got his NFL start with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975.

He spent time in the Cowboys' training camp, playing behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach.

"I played in Texas Stadium a long, long time ago," Zorn said. "I played in my first NFL [preseason] game there, against the Oakland Raiders."

Zorn was released by the Cowboys and eventually signed on with the Seattle Seahawks in 1976.

He started all 14 games with the Seahawks in 1976 and went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL.

-- Orakpo's Fast Start

Brian Orakpo has 11 sacks this season, tied for the Redskins team lead with Andre Carter. He leads all NFL rookies in sacks.

Orakpo has broken the Redskins rookie sack record of six held by Dean Hamel (1985) and Andre Collins (1990).

Orakpo has become just the 13th NFL rookie over the last 15 years to record a double-digit sack season.

Seven of those players won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, while nine of the 12 went on to earn at least three Pro Bowl selections in their careers.

Orakpo was the Redskins' first-round draft pick (13th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.

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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.

-- From Texas to the Redskins

The Redskins have eight players on the 53-man roster who who hail from the state of Texas.

Mike Williams and Lendy Holmes both grew up in Dallas, while Derrick Dockery, Robert Henson, Malcolm Kelly and Hunter Smith grew up in the suburbs of Dallas.

Brian Orakpo and Rock Cartwright hail from Houston.

Orakpo recently said the rivalry between the cities of 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."

In addition, Redskins secondary-cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray is from Lubbock, Tex.

-- 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.

-- Gathering Moss

Against Dallas, Moss has had some of the best games of his 8-year NFL career. In two games in 2008, Moss caught 13 passes for 174 yards.

Overall, Moss has caught 46 passes for 785 yards--a 17.1 yards-per-catch clip--and four touchdowns in eight career games against the Cowboys.

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

-- 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 with standing room only to about 110,000.)

The Redskins set a single-game attendance record--90,910--in a Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Cowboys.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins wrap up the 2009 regular season with a road game to San Diego to take on the AFC West champion Chargers on Sunday.

Kickoff at Qualcomm Stadium is 4:15 p.m. ET.

The Redskins have not played in San Diego since 2001, when they lost to the Charger 30-3 in the season opener.

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