Redskins struggling at home

Mike Shanahan hasn't been able to put together a winning record at FedEx Field, actually doing worse there than on the road.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan can make history on Saturday. Shanahan, who was 83-29 at home during his 14 seasons in Denver, can top his own FedEx Field record by losing a sixth straight home game. Only the 1994 (0-8) and 1961 (1-6) teams also lost six in a row at home.

If the Redskins (5-9) lose to Minnesota (2-12), they'll also have endured a third straight double-digit loss season for just the second time in franchise history (the other being 1993-95). Washington has already clinched a third consecutive losing season at home, something last achieved during the first three years at what was then D.C. Stadium (1961-63). If Detroit beats visiting San Diego on Saturday, the burgundy and gold will be the only NFC team without a winning home record in any of the last four years.

They are just 59-59-1 since they moved to what is now FedEx in 1997.

"We'd like to establish a great home-field advantage because we know we have a great fan base," said linebacker London Fletcher, one of just six players on the active roster who has been part of a winning campaign at home.

"If you can be great at home, you've got a chance (to make the playoffs) every year," added safety Reed Doughty, another of the six survivors.

Not coincidentally, Washington's only playoff teams of the last nine years, back in 2005 and 2007, each had winning records at home.

But under Shanahan, the Redskins are 7-8 on the road and 4-11 at home, including a loss last November to the Vikings, who are 2-12 on the road against everyone else the last two years.

"When you go on the road, it's more of an us-against-them (mentality)," theorized linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, another of the six veterans. "You're trying to shut the crowd up. There might be a little more of an emotional boost."

NOTES

  • OT Jammal Brown was limited for a third straight day on Thursday because of the groin that sidelined him the past two weeks and is expected to start Saturday against Minnesota.

  • FB Mike Sellers was limited again on Thursday because of the right elbow he hyperextended against New England on Dec. 11.

  • RB Roy Helu was limited again on Thursday after not practicing on Tuesday after injuring a toe and knee last Sunday against the New York Giants. If he can't start against the Vikings, fellow rookie Evan Royster will start in his place.

  • CB Josh Wilson took full practice again on Thursday after recovering from concussion-like symptoms he suffered against the Giants.

  • ILB London Fletcher (ankle) was limited again on Thursday but will start on Saturday.

  • After spending the first 15 weeks of the season on the practice squad, DL Doug Worthington was finally promoted to the roster on Monday to fill the vacancy opened when SS LaRon Landry went on injured reserve four days earlier.

    "It's a beautiful Christmas present," said the 6-5, 292-pound Worthington, whom Pittsburgh drafted in the seventh round out of Ohio State in 2010 and who spent time on Tampa Bay's practice squad last season. "It's going to help me a lot of the offseason. The preseason games are great, don't get me wrong, but it'd be great to get into a game that really means something (for the first time since he co-captained the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl as a senior).

    "Every week (before now), I kinda busted my tail to maybe get an opportunity to move up, but at the end of the day, I just wanted to give the best look I can for my teammates so they can go out and get a victory."

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "I could care less, man. I love that the fans and players and coaches respect the way I play. But I want to go to the postseason, so bad, man. I've been there, done that with the Pro Bowls." -- OLB Brian Orakpo on whether he cares about being chosen for a third Pro Bowl in his three seasons.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 5 -- Consecutive home losses for the Redskins heading into Saturday's home finale against Minnesota.


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  • FB Mike Sellers was limited again on Thursday because of the right elbow he hyperextended against New England on Dec. 11.
  • RB Roy Helu was limited again on Thursday after not practicing on Tuesday after injuring a toe and knee last Sunday against the New York Giants. If he can't start against the Vikings, fellow rookie Evan Royster will start in his place.
  • CB Josh Wilson took full practice again on Thursday after recovering from concussion-like symptoms he suffered against the Giants.
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