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Redskins-Steelers GameDay Preview

Posted Aug 12, 2011

The Redskins open preseason on Friday, Aug. 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedExField. The game will be televised locally on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet.


 PRESEASON WEEK 1
STEELERS (0-0) @ Redskins (0-0)

The Redskins host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, Aug. 12 in the presason opener for both clubs at FedExField. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 85,000.

The Redskins' all-time preseason record is 112-117-2.

Last year, the Redskins were 2-2 in preseason play.

Friday night's preseason game vs. Pittsburgh is the first of four exhibition contests.

The Redskins play road games against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 19 and the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 25. They close out preseason at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 1.

Last year, Washington finished at 6-10 and in last place in the NFC East. Pittsburgh finished at 12-4 and in first place in the AFC North en route to an appearance in Super Bowl XLV, where they lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-25.

The Redskins-Steelers game will be televised on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet. Kenny Albert calls the play-by-play and former Redskin Joe Theismann provides color commentary. Another former Redskin Rick 'Doc' Walker 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. Chris Russell reports from the sidelines.


 PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos. Redskins Steelers
WR 89 Santana Moss 17 Mike Wallace
LT 71 Trent Williams 72 Jonathan Scott
LG 78 K. Lichtensteiger 68 Chris Kemoeatu
C 63 Will Montgomery 53 Maurkice Pouncey
RG 66 Chris Chester 73 Ramon Foster
RT 77 Jammal Brown 61 Chris Scott
TE 47 Chris Cooley 83 Heath Miller
WR 10 Jabar Gaffney 88 Emmanuel Sanders
QB 8 Rex Grossman 7 B. Roethlisberger
FB 36 Darrel Young 85 David Johnson
RB 39 Tim Hightower 34 R. Mendenhall
DEFENSE
Pos. Redskins Steelers
DE 94 Adam Carriker 96 Ziggy Hood
NT 96 Barry Cofield 98 Casey Hampton
DE 72 Stephen Bowen 99 Brett Keisel
OLB 91 Ryan Kerrigan 56 LaMarr Woodley
ILB 52 Rocky McIntosh 51 James Farrior
ILB 59 London Fletcher 94 L. Timmons
OLB 98 Brian Orakpo 92 James Harrison
CB 23 DeAngelo Hall 24 Ike Taylor
CB 26 Josh Wilson 20 Bryant McFadden
SS 37 Reed Doughty 43 Troy Polamalu
FS 20 O.J. Atogwe 25 Ryan Clark
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos. Redskins Steelers
P 6 Sav Rocca 9 Daniel Sepulveda
K 4 Graham Gano 6 Shaun Suisham
H 6 Sav Rocca 9 Daniel Sepulveda
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 60 Greg Warren
KOR 16 Brandon Banks 24 Antonio Brown
PR 16 Brandon Banks 24 Antonio Brown

SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and Steelers have met a total of 19 times in preseason, with Washington holding a 12-6-1 edge.

The two franchises last faced off in the preseason in 2009, with the Steelers pulling out a 17-13 victory at FedExField.

In the regular season, the Redskins and Steelers have played 76 times, with Washington holding a 42-31-3 edge in the series.

The last time the two clubs met in the regular season was Nov. 3, 2008, when the Steelers defeated the Redskins 23-6 in a Monday Night contest at FedExField.

The Redskins jumped ahead 6-0 on a pair of Shaun Suisham field goals in the first quarter, but the Steelers responded with 23 unanswered points. Ben Roethlisberger scored on a 1-yard dive, but he later suffered a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Byron Leftwich, who guided the Steelers to two second-half touchdowns.

Jason Campbell completed 23-of-43 passes for 206 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked seven times by the ferocious Steelers defense.


TALE OF THE TAPE
 

REDSKINS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 18 335.9
Rushing Offense 30 91.3
Passing Offense 8 244.6
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 31 389.2
Rushing Defense 26 127.6
Passing Defense 31 261.7
STEELERS 2010 RANKINGS
Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 14 345.3
Rushing Offense 11 120.2
Passing Offense 14 225.1
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 2 276.8
Rushing Offense 1 62.8
Passing Offense 12 214.1

 FAMILIAR FACES ON THE STEELERS
 

Free safety Ryan Clark played for the Redskins from 2004-05 and established himself as a starting caliber defender with the Redskins.

Kicker Shaun Suisham played for the Redskins from 2006-09. He is club’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (minimum 100 attempts). He converted 81-of-101 field goal attempts, an 80.0 percent clip, in four seasons with the Redskins.

Running backs coach Kirby Wilson served in the same capacity with the Redskins in 2000.


REDSKINS-STEELERS NEWS & NOTES

-- How the 80-Man Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 30 players on the roster that the team drafted, including each of the first-round draft picks (Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo) of the last three years.

Washington has used free agency to acquire 34 players, including Mike Sellers in 2004, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Rex Grossman in 2010 and Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen in 2011.

Nineteen Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes cornerback Byron Westbrook, running back Keiland Williams and tight end Logan Paulsen.

The team has acquired six players via trade: Santana Moss (Jets) in 2005, John Beck (Ravens), Jammal Brown (Saints) and Adam Carriker (Rams) in 2010 and Jabar Gaffney (Broncos) and Tim Hightower (Cardinals) in 2011.

The Redskins have claimed just one player off waivers: defensive tackle Doug Worthington.

-- Tomlin’s Background

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin began his coaching career in 1995 at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

He entered the NFL as a defensive backs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. Tomlin moved on to defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006.

As a player, Tomlin was a three-year starter at William & Mary froom 1990-94 and he finished his career with 100 receptions for 2,046 yards and a school-record 20 TD catches.

Tomlin was born in Hampton, Va. He attended Denbigh High School in Newport News, Va.

-- FedExField Attendance

FedExField is the largest stadium in the NFL, currently with 85,000 seats.

It is more than 2,400 seats ahead of the second biggest stadium, New Meadowlands Stadium where the New York Giants and New York Jets play.

Cowboys Stadium has an 80,000 seating capacity, but is expandable to seat up to 100,000.

Prior to the removal of upper deck seats last offseason, FedExField had 91,704 seats.

In a Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Redskins set a single-game attendance record of 90,910. In that contest, the Redskins defeated the Cowboys 27-6 to secure a Wild Card playoff berth.

-- What’s Next?

The Redskins travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, Aug. 16.

Kickoff is 7 p.m. The game will be televised locally on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet.

The Redskins and Colts played in the regular season last year, with the Colts prevailing 27-24 at FedExField.