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Week 7: Redskins (4-2) vs. Browns (2-3)

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The Redskins host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 19 at FedExField. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. ET.

The game is presented by the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association.

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

It's the first of four AFC North games that the Redskins will play this season. Last year, the Redskins were 2-2 against the AFC East.


The Redskins are 2-1 at FedExField this season, having defeated the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals at home in Weeks 2 and 3 and lost to the St. Louis Rams in Week 6.

Washington enters Week 7 following a 19-17 loss to the previously winless Rams.

Cleveland defeated the New York Giants 35-14 on Monday Night Football.

The game will be televised on CBS. Ian Eagle handles the play-by-play, with Solomon Wilcots adding color analysis.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on ESPN 980. Larry Michael handles the play-by-play with color commentary by Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. Rick "Doc" Walker serves as sideline reporter.

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PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos.RedskinsBrowns
WR89 Santana Moss18 Donte Stallworth
LT60 Chris Samuels73 Joe Thomas
LG66 Pete Kendall65 Eric Steinbach
C61 Casey Rabach66 Hank Fraley
RG77 Randy Thomas70 Rex Hadnot
RT76 Jon Jansen77 Kevin Shaffer
TE47 Chris Cooley80 Kellen Winslow, Jr.
WR82 Antwaan Randle El17 Braylon Edwards
QB17 Jason Campbell3 Derek Anderson
FB45 Mike Sellers47 Lawrence Vickers
RB26 Clinton Portis31 Jamal Lewis
DEFENSE
Pos.RedskinsBrowns
DE99 Andre Carter99 Corey Williams
DT96 Cornelius Griffin92 Shaun Rogers
DT64 Kedric Golston91 Shaun Smith
DE/LB92 Demetric Evans55 Willie McGinest
LB53 Marcus Washington54 Andre Davis
LB59 London Fletcher52 D'Qwell Jackson
LB52 Rocky McIntosh95 Kamerion Wimbley
LCB24 Shawn Springs24 Eric Wright
RCB22 Carlos Rogers22 Brandon McDonald
SS48 Chris Horton20 Mike Adams
FS30 LaRon Landry21 Brodney Pool
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.RedskinsBrowns
P1 Ryan Plackemeier15 Dave Zastudil
K6 Shaun Suisham4 Phil Dawson
H1 Ryan Plackemeier5 Donnie Jones
LS67 Ethan Albright15 Dave Zastudil
KOR31 Rock Cartwright16 Josh Cribbs
PR82 A. Randle El16 Josh Cribbs


SERIES HISTORY

Sunday's game marks the 44th regular-season meeting between the Redskins and Browns. Cleveland holds the series lead of 33-9-1, including a 16-3-1 mark at Washington.

This will be the first regular season meeting between the clubs at FedExField. The Browns and Steelers are the only teams to have not visited the venue in the regular season.

Sunday's game is only the second overall matchup between the Redskins and Browns since 1991.

The only other matchup in that 16-year span was a 17-13 victory by Cleveland on Oct. 3, 2004.

Turnovers cost the Redskins in that game. Clinton Portis's third-quarter fumble led to the Browns' first touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, with the offense trying to mount a comeback, Laveranues Coles fumbled after a catch, ending the Redskins' final drive--and last chance at victory.

The Redskins and Browns have only met seven times since 1970, making them each other's least common opponent (excluding Houston, Jacksonville and Carolina) since the merger.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2008 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense7354.0
Rushing Offense3152.3
Passing Offense17201.7

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense8285.8Rushing Defense783.8Passing Defense13202.0

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BROWNS 2008 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense28259.4
Rushing Offense2398.4
Passing Offense26161.0

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense17325.0Rushing Defense25137.0Passing Defense11188.0

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FAMILIAR FACES ON THE BROWNS

Linebackers coach Mike Haluchak served in the same capacity with the Redskins from 1994-96.

Offensive lineman Lennie Friedman played for the Redskins from 2003-05. Friedman is currently on the Browns' injured reserve list.


REDSKINS-BROWNS NEWS & NOTES

-- Zorn's First Season As Head Coach

Jim Zorn is 4-2 in his first six games as head coach. He is aiming to lead the Redskins to their third winning season in the last four years.

Zorn is looking to become the seventh Redskins head coach to record a winning record in his first year at the helm.

The list of first-year head coaches with winning records includes Ray Flaherty (7-5 in 1936), Dutch Bergman (6-3-1 in 1943), Dudley DeGroot (6-3-1 in 1944), Dick Todd (5-4 in 1951), Vince Lombardi (7-5-2 in 1969) and George Allen (9-4-1 in 1971).

Seven first-year head coaches finished their rookie campaign with a .500 mark, while 12 finished with a losing record.

-- Portis the Leader

Clinton Portis leads the NFL with 136 carries and 643 rushingyards, while his six rushing touchdowns are second in the league.

Portis has accounted for 35 first downs on the ground this season, which also leads the NFL, as do his 14 in the fourth quarter of games this season.

With 145-yard and 129-yard performances against the Eagles and Rams the last two weks, Portis has two of the top 11 single-game rushing totals in the NFL this year.

-- Browns' Local Ties

Center Hank Fraley grew up in Gaithersburg, Md., and attended Gaithersburg High School. He helped Gaithersburg High School reached the Maryland state championship game in 1995.

Wide receiver Josh Cribbs grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Dunbar High School. Playing quarterback, Cribbs led Dunbar to the DCIAA West Division title and the city championship with a 9-3 record.

-- Redskins Captains

The Redskins have elected six players as captains for the 2008 season. They wear a black "C" on their jersey during games.

On offense, Jason Campbell amd Chris Samuels are the captains.

On defense, Cornelius Griffin and London Fletcher are the captains.

On special teams, Rock Cartwright and Khary Campbell are the captains.

-- 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, Giants Stadium.

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

-- What's Next?

The Redskins travel to Detroit to take on the Lions at Ford Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

It's the Redskins first visit to Detroit since the 2004 season, when they defeated the Lions 17-10.

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