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Week 5: Redskins (2-2) vs. Panthers (0-3)

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Gameday Graphic for Game on 10/11/2009

The Redskins travel to Charlotte, N.C., to take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 11 at Bank of America Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

Bank of America Stadium is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 73,504.

It is the second of four games the Redskins will play against the NFC South this season. The Redskins are 1-0 against the NFC South following last Sunday's 16-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField.

The Redskins are 2-2 in NFC play so far this season, but 0-2 in road games. They lost to the New York Giants 23-17 at the Meadowlands in Week 1 and to the Detroit Lions 19-14 at Ford Field in Week 3.

The Panthers are coming off a bye week. They last played on Monday Night Football on Sept. 28, when they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 21-7.

The Redskins-Panthers game will be televised to a regional audience on FOX. Thom Brennaman calls the play-by-play and Brian Billick provides color commentary.

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.

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PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Official Redskins-Panthers FlipCard (PDF)
OFFENSE
Pos.RedskinsPanthers
WR89 Santana Moss89 Steve Smith
LT60 Chris Samuels69 Jordan Gross
LG66 Derrick Dockery70 Travelle Wharton
C61 Casey Rabach67 Ryan Kalil
RG75 Chad Rinehart68 Keydrick Vincent
RT74 Stephon Heyer79 Jeff Otah
TE47 Chris Cooley47 Jeff King
WR12 Malcolm Kelly87 Muhsin Muhammad
QB17 Jason Campbell17 Jake Delhomme
FB45 Mike Sellers45 Brad Hoover
RB26 Clinton Portis34 DeAngelo Williams
DEFENSE
Pos.RedskinsPanthers
DE99 Andre Carter96 Tyler Brayton
DT96 Cornelius Griffin78 Nick Hayden
DT92 A. Haynesworth92 Damione Lewis
DE93 Phillip Daniels90 Julius Peppers
SLB98 Brian Orakpo53 Na'il Diggs
MLB59 London Fletcher52 Jon Beason
WLB52 Rocky McIntosh58 Thomas Davis
LCB23 DeAngelo Hall20 Chris Gamble
RCB22 Carlos Rogers31 Richard Marshall
SS37 Reed Doughty43 Chris Harris
FS30 LaRon Landry30 Charles Godfrey
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.RedskinsPanthers
P3 Hunter Smith4 John Kasay
K6 Shaun Suisham7 Jason Baker
H3 Hunter Smith7 Jason Baker
LS67 Ethan Albright44 J.J. Jansen
KOR31 Rock Cartwright33 Mike Goodson
PR82 A. Randle El41 Captain Munnerlyn


SERIES HISTORY

Washington and Carolina have played nine times in the regular season, with the Redskins owning a 7-1 series lead.

Seven of the eight Redskins-Panthers games have been decided by four points or less.

The Redskins won the most recent meeting, on Nov. 26, 2006, by a 17-13 score at FedExField.

It was a taut, defensive struggle most of the game, but the Redskins finally broke through in the fourth quarter when Jason Campbell--making his second NFL start--and Chris Cooley connected on a 66-yard touchdown pass.

In the game's final minutes, the Panthers had two opportunities to score. Sean Taylor tackled wide receiver Drew Carter on fourth down to end one drive, then intercepted a deep pass from quarterback Jake Delhomme to end the game.

Carolina's lone victory against Washington in the regular season came in 2003 at Bank of America Stadium where they won 20-17 on a last-minute touchdown by former Redskin Stephen Davis.

Washington and Carolina have played five times in the preseason, with the Panthers holding a 4-1 series lead.

The last preseason encounter between the two teams was on Aug. 23, 2008, when the Panthers won 47-3 at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers compiled 228 rushing yards en route to beating the Redskins.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense16325.3
Rushing Offense22100.0
Passing Offense14225.3

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense12301.5Rushing Defense22128.0Passing Defense4173.5

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PANTHERS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense25293.3
Rushing Offense20101.1
Passing Offense23192.2

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense23362.3Rushing Defense32182.7Passing Defense6179.6

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FAMILIAR FACES ON THE PANTHERS

General Manager Marty Hurney was in the Redskins' public relations department in 1988-89. He hails from Wheaton, Md., and attended college at Catholic University. He was a beat writer covering the Redskins for The Washington Times for five years, before joining the team he covered.

Defensive coordinator Ron Meeks was the Redskins' defensive backs coach in 2000.

Special teams coach Danny Crossman spent a portion of the 1990 season as a defensive back with the Redskins.

College scout Mike Szabowas a college/pro scout with the Redskins in 2000-01.

Pro scout Trent Kirchner was a college scouting coordinator for the Redskins in 2001.


REDSKINS-PANTHERS NEWS & NOTES

-- How the Redskins' Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 24 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2009 first-round pick Brian Orakpo and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon. Draft picks account for 45.2 percent of the Redskins roster.

Chris Samuels is the longest-tenured Redskins. He has played for the franchise since 2000.

Washington has used free agency to acquire 22 players, including Mike Sellers in 2004, Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter and Antwaan Randle El in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008 and Albert Haynesworth and Hunter Smith in 2009. Free agents account for 43.3 percent of the roster.

Three Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes starting right tackle Stephon Heyer.

The team has acquired two players via trade. Clinton Portis was acquired in a 2004 trade with the Denver Broncos and Santana Moss joined the Redskins as part of a 2005 trade with the New York Jets.

The Redskins have claimed two players off waivers: Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason.

-- Fletcher's Streak

Last Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, London Fletcher started in his 139th consecutive contest since entering the league in 1998. It is the fourth-longest streak among active players.

The 139 consecutive starts is the best in the league among active NFL linebackers. (Dallas's Keith Brooking is second with 132.)

Overall, Fletcher has played in 180 straight games, tied for the second-most in the NFL (excluding specialists) with Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber and Indianapolis's Peyton Manning.

Fletcher, Barber and Manning trail only Minnesota's Brett Favre, who has played in 275 consecutive games.

Fletcher, a team captain, has emerged as one of the Redskins' leaders in just three seasons with the club.

-- College Connections

The Redskins have a host of players, coaches and personnel executives who attended college in North Carolina.

Assistant strength and conditioning coach Bobby Crumpler, director of pro personnel Morocco Brown and pro scout Alex Santos went to North Carolina State.

Also, defensive line coach John Palermo began his coaching career at North Carolina State from 1977-78.

Long snapper Ethan Albright went to North Carolina.

Offensive quality control coach Bill Khayat attended Duke.

Wide receivers coach Stan Hixon was an assistant coach at Appalachian State from 1983-88 and Wake Forest froom 1993-94.

-- Local Connections

Panthers head coach John Fox is a native of Virginia Beach, Va.

Panthers college scout Jeff Beathard is the son of former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard.

Starting tight end Jeff King grew up in Pulaski, Va., and attended Virginia Tech.

Backup linebacker James Anderson hails from Chesapeake, Va., and played his college ball at Virginia Tech.

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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.

-- Travel Time

The Redskins will travel 16, 356 miles in 2009, the 21st most in the NFL. They have the shortest travel schedule in the NFC East.

The Seattle Seahawks travel 29,054 miles, most in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns travel 7,554 miles, least in the NFL.

The total distance traveled by all NFL teams is 578,912 miles. This is 18,128 fewer miles than 2008, when teams traveled a total of 597,040.

-- Defense Making a Point

Washington has the NFL's longest streak of allowing 27 points or less in a game--it stands at 26 straight.

Atlanta is next on the list at 19.

Washington has not allowed more than 30 points in 27 consecutive contests, more than twice as many as second-place Minnesota at 12.

-- Sack Firsts

Brian Orakpo and Justin Tryon were among defenders to record sacks in last Sunday's 16-13 win over Tampa Bay.

For Orakpo, it was the second consecutive week he recorded a sack. that's the first time a Redskins rookie had accomplished that feat since Andre Collins in 1990.

Justin Tryon's sack vs. Tampa Bay, coming on a cornerback blitz, was the first of his NFL career.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins return to FedExField on Sunday, Oct. 18 to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

It's the Redskins' first game against the AFC this year. (NFC East teams are playing the AFC West this year.)

Last year, the Redskins were 1-3 against the AFC East.

The last time Kansas City played at FedExField was on Sept. 30, 2001. The Chiefs won 45-13.

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