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Series History: Redskins-Rams

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 14, 2012 – 7:49 am

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The Redskins have played the Rams on 36 occasions in the regular season and postseason combined, beginning in 1937. The 2012 matchup marks the fifth consecutive season in which the Redskins have played the Rams in the regular season.

The Rams, originating in Cleveland in 1936, have since played in Los Angeles (1946-1994) and St. Louis (1994 to present). The Rams’ Edward Jones Dome is located in St. Louis, while its Russell Training Center is located in Earth City, Mo., about 30 minutes northwest of the dome.

The Redskins won the first-ever matchup between the two teams, 16- 7, on Nov. 21, 1937, in front of 3,500 fans at Cleveland Stadium. The Redskins – in their first season in Washington – would go on to capture their first NFL championship three weeks later with a 28-21 win over the Chicago Bears.

The Redskins and the Rams have met four times in the postseason, with each team getting two wins in the series. The Redskins have won their last two playoff games against the Rams by scores of 51-7 (1983 season) and 19-7 (1986), respectively.

The Redskins are 2-2 in their last four seasons against St. Louis, including a 17-10 win at the Edward Jones Dome in 2011.

In that 2011 matchup, Redskins running back Ryan Torain rushed for 135 yards on 19 carries as Washington outgained the Rams 196-45 yards on the ground and 339-172 in total yardage. The Redskins defense also sacked St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford seven times, including 2 1⁄2 on the day from outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

The 2012 game between the Redskins and the Rams – the fifth consecutive season in which the two teams have played – marks only the second time since divisional realignment in 2002 that the Redskins have faced a non-divisional opponent in five consecutive seasons, having faced Tampa Bay each year from 2003-07.

The Redskins lead the all-time regular season series 22-9-1, including a 13-4-1 record against the Rams on the road.

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