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Week 4: Redskins (1-2) @ Eagles (2-1)


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The Redskins travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Oct. 3. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. ET.

Lincoln Financial Field has a grass surface. The stadium seats 68,532.

The Redskins are 0-1 on the road this season. They lost to the St. Louis Rams 30-16 at the Edward Jones Dome last Sunday.

Last year, the Redskins were 1-7 in road games.

After going 0-6 in the NFC East last year, the Redskins are 1-0 in divisional play this season. In Week 1, they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 13-7 in a Sunday Night matchup at FedExField.

Both of the Eagles' victories this season have been on the road, including last Sunday's 28-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Eagles are 0-1 at home this season. They lost to the Green Bay Packers 27-20 in Week 1 at the Linc.

Sunday's game vs. Washington is the Eagles' first NFC East game of 2010. Last year, they were 4-2 in NFC East play.

The game is sure to have plenty of hype. It is Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia, where he played the first 11 years of his career and guided the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl berth.

The Redskins-Eagles game will be televised to a national audience on FOX. Joe Buck does the play-by-play with color commentary by Troy Aikman. Pam Oliver 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.

Compass Media Network will carry the game on national radio with Chris Carrino and Brian Baldinger in the booth.


WR89 Santana Moss10 DeSean Jackson
LT71 Trent Williams71 Jason Peters
LG78 K. Lichtensteiger79 Todd Herremans
C61 Casey Rabach77 Mike McGlynn
RG75 Artis Hicks59 Nick Cole
RT77 Jammal Brown74 Winston Justice
TE47 Chris Cooley87 Brent Celek
WR84 Joey Galloway18 Jeremy Maclin
QB5 Donovan McNabb7 Michael Vick
FB45 Mike Sellers32 Owen Schmitt
RB26 Clinton Portis29 LeSean McCoy
DE94 Adam Carriker54 Brandon Graham
NT/DE96 Ma'ake Kemoeatu98 Mike Patterson
DE/DT64 Kedric Golston97 Brodrick Bunkley
LB/DE99 Andre Carter58 Trent Cole
LB59 London Fletcher50 Ernie Sims
LB52 Rocky McIntosh55 Stewart Bradley
LB98 Brian Orakpo56 Akeem Jordan
CB23 DeAngelo Hall22 Asante Samuel
CB22 Carlos Rogers31 Ellis Hobbs
SS30 LaRon Landry27 Quinton Mikell
FS41 Kareem Moore29 Nate Allen
P6 Josh Bidwell6 Sav Rocca
K4 Graham Gano2 David Akers
H6 Josh Bidwell6 Sav Rocca
LS57 Nick Sundberg46 Jon Dorenbos
KOR11 Devin Thomas31 Ellis Hobbs
PR31 Phillip Buchanon10 DeSean Jackson


Washington and Philadelphia have met a total of 151 times over their long rivalry, which dates back to 1934. They have played a home-and-home series every year since 1936.

The Redskins hold the series edge at 78-68-6. Since 2000, the Eagles have won 13 of 20 games.

The Eagles defeated the Redskins twice in 2009: 27-17 in Week 7 at FedExField and 27-24 in Week 12 at Lincoln Financial Field.

In the first matchup, on Oct. 26 at FedExField, wide receiver DeSean Jackson had a 67-yard touchdown run on a reverse and later caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb.

Jason Campbell was sacked six times by the Eagles defense, but managed to throw TD passes to Devin Thomas and Fred Davis.

On Nov. 29, at Lincoln Financial Field, the Redskins led 24-16 in the fourth quarter but the Eagles rallied late.

Campbell completed 22-of-37 passes for 231 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions (both by Asante Samuel). He also opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter. Santana Moss had a 4-yard TD grab and Fred Davis caught a 10-yarder for another score.

In 2008, the Redskins swept the season series with the Eagles. The season series has been won by one team three times in the last four years.

The Redskins and Eagles have clashed once in the postseason, with Washington winning 20-6 on Jan. 4, 1991 at Veterans Stadium in the Wild Card playoff round.


Total Offense12340.0
Rushing Offense2874.3
Passing Offense7265.7

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense32423.7Rushing Defense1198.0Passing Defense31325.7


Total Offense10367.7
Rushing Offense7139.0
Passing Offense13228.7

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense12309.0Rushing Defense21125.7Passing Defense7183.3



Kicker David Akers played for the Redskins in 1998. His first NFL game was with the Redskins, on Sept. 20, 1998 vs. Seattle.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson played for the Redskins from 2005-06. He played in three games in the 2005 season and posted one interception.

Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was on the Redskins' roster during 2009 training camp and preseason, but was released by the team in final roster cuts. He originally joined the Redskins as an undrafted rookie in May 2009.

Pro scout Louis Riddick served as director of pro personnel and pro scout with the Redskins from 2001-07.


-- Return of McNabb

Let the hype begin: Donovan McNabb makes his return to Philadelphia on Sunday, wearing a Redskins jersey.

McNabb played 11 seasons in Philadelphia and established himself as one of the great quarterbacks in Eagles history. He garnered six Pro Bowl selections, as well as 2004 Offensive Player of the Year when he guided the franchise to Super Bowl XXXIX.

With a winning percentage of .645 (93-51-1) in his career, McNabb ranks third among active quarterbacks with at least 100 starts. He trails only Tom Brady (.762) and Peyton Manning (.682).

It has not taken long for McNabb to make an impact in Washington. In just his second game in the burgundy and gold, McNabb threw for 426 yards, the fourth-highest single-game passing total in franchise history. It was the third-highest total in McNabb's career.

Already this season, McNabb has moved past Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Steve Young on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list. He also surpassed Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas on the all-time completions list.

A major factor in the success of McNabb's teams has been his ability to take care of the football. McNabb is the NFL's all-time leader in terms of interception percentage (2.08 percent) and ranks third in NFL history in TD/INT ratio (2.16).

McNabb also holds the NFL record with 24 consecutive completions (first 14 vs. Green Bay on Dec. 5, 2004 combined with 10 to end a game vs. New York Giants on Nov. 28, 2004).

Of course, McNabb has consistently downplayed his return to Philadelphia.

"My focus really has been over here," McNabb said. "Really, everything that has been going on over there is really none of my concern. Anything I may say at this point, it really doesn't matter. They made a decision and that is what they are going with, so we just have to focus on what we need to do here."

-- Welcome Back, Quarterback

The return of Donovan McNabb to Philadelphia is not the first time a long-time franchise quarterback has led a new team against the franchise with which he spent the majority of his career.

In Redskins-Eagles history, it happened once before.

On Oct. 11, 1964, Sonny Jurgensen faced the Eagles six months after he was traded from Philadelphia to Washington.

The future Hall of Famer had a banner day, completing 22-of-33 passes for 385 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions as the Redskins defeated the Eagles 35-20.

In 18 games against the Eagles, Jurgensen amassed a 13-3-2 record and completed 292-of-505 passes for 3,691 yards, 32 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Last year, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre faced off against the Green Bay Packers for the first time.

Favre, who starred for the Packers for 17 seasons, completed 24-of-31 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings won 30-23.

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

The Redskins have 16 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2010 first-round pick Trent Williams and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon.

Mike Sellers is the longest-tenured Redskins. He had a stint with the Redskins in 1998-2000 and rejoined the team in 2004.

Washington has used unrestricted free agency to acquire 27 players, including Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Albert Haynesworth in 2009 and Ma'ake Kemoeatu in 2010.

Eight Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and cornerback Byron Westbrook, all local products.

The team has acquired six players via trade: Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Donovan McNabb, Adam Carriker, Jammal Brown and John Beck.

-- First-Year Redskins Head Coaches

Entering Sunday's game vs. Philadelphia, Mike Shanahan is 1-2 in his first season as Redskins head coach.

Looking back at Redskins head coaches in their first season, five have gone on to have winning seasons (excluding Dick Todd, who was 5-4 in taking over three games into the 1951 season.)

Twelve first-year head coaches suffered losing campaigns, including Joe Gibbs's return in 2004. Additionally Herman Ball coached the final seven games in 1949 and finished 1-4, while Terry Robiskie finished 1-2 while coaching the last three games of 2000.

Eight first-year head coaches ended their seasons with a .500 record, including Jim Zorn in 2008.

Heading into the Texans game, Shanahan could join Dutch Bergman, George Allen and Jack Pardee as the only Redskins head coaches to begin their careers with wins in their first two games.

-- Redskins' Strength of Schedule

The Redskins have the NFL's eighth toughest schedule in 2010, according to the NFL.

The Redskins' opponents this season produced a 134-122 record last year, a .523 winning percentage.

The Houston Texans (.547), Tennessee Titans (.547), Dallas Cowboys (.543), Cincinnati Bengals (.539), Jacksonville Jaguars (.535), New England Patriots (.531) and New York Giants (.527) have tougher schedules.

The Redskins play 11 games against teams who finished .500 or better in 2009. They play seven games against 2009 playoff opponents.

-- Gathering Moss

Santana Moss leads the Redskins with 22 catches for 290 yards and one touchdown.

Last week vs. St. Louis, he logged six catches for 124 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb. It was his 14th 100-yard receiving game as a Redskin, the sixth-most in franchise history.

With his six receptions, Moss has 522 career catches. He passed Al Toon (517) and Hall of Famer and Redskins legend Bobby Mitchell (521) to move into 97th on the NFL's all-time receptions list.

Moss has 7,733 career receiving yards, which ties him for 87th on the NFL's all-time list. In Redskins history, he ranks seventh with 5,317 career receiving yards.

-- Shanahan's Moving Up

With the Redskins' Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Mike Shanahan recorded his 155th career win (regular season and postseason) as a head coach.

Shanahan's career record is 155-105. That win total is 16th best among all-time NFL head coaches.

He needs six wins to surpass Bill Cowher, who has a 166-99-1 record.

-- Super Signal-Callers

The Redskins are the only team in the NFL to feature two quarterbacks on their roster that have started in the Super Bowl.

Donovan McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004.

His backup Rex Grossman took the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI in 2006.

-- On the Road Again

The Redskins will travel 11,124 miles in 2010, the 25th most in the NFL. For the second year in a row, they have the shortest travel schedule in the NFC East.

The San Francisco 49ers travel 35,219 miles, most in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals travel 6,688 miles, least in the NFL.

The total distance traveled by all NFL teams is 507,050 miles. This is 71,862 fewer miles than 2009, when teams traveled a total of 578,912 miles.

-- What's Next?

After a two-game road trip, the Redskins return to FedExField to host the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is 4:05 p.m. ET.

It's the first time the Redskins and Packers have played in the nation's capital since 2004.

The last matchup between the two teams was in 2007 at Lambeau Field. The Packers, led by Brett Favre at the time, defeated the Redskins 17-14.

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