The Washington Redskins kick off the 2011 season today. Earlier this week, we went over five storylines to follow for this game, and took a look at the state of the Giants.

Today, Mike Wise gives an in-depth look at how Dan Snyder went about pursuing Mike Shanahan, and Barry Svrluga writes about Rex Grossman’s second chance.

Now, here are some fast facts for today’s game between the Redskins and Giants:

>> The Washington Redskins and New York Giants today meet for the 156th time. The teams are each other’s most common opponents, and the 156 meetings are tops in NFL history. However, the Redskins haven’t opened the season against the Giants since Sept. 11, 1989. Washington won that game 27-24.

>> The Redskins are 38-37-4 all-time in season openers, including wins in seven of their last 10.

>> The Redskins own a 10-4 record in home openers played at FedEx Field.

>> Shanahan enters this game seeking his 161st career victory, which would tie him with Bill Cowher for 15th on the NFL’s career list.

>> Shanahan owns a 13-4 record in season openers, which ranks first among active coaches.

>> With a win today, the Redskins would end a six-game losing streak against the Giants.

>> A victory would give Washington its first home win since Oct. 10, 2010, when they edged Green Bay 16-13.

>> Tight end Chris Cooley enters the game with 420 career receptions, and two catches would move him past Jerry Smith for fifth place on the Redskins’ all-time list for receptions by a tight end.

>> Three receptions would move Cooley into the top 20 on the NFL’s all-time tight ends receptions list. He would overtake Jay Novacek and Bob Tucker, who both recorded 422 career catches.

>> Receiver Santana Moss needs seven catches to reach 600 for his career. He currently is tied with Terry Glenn and Tony Martin for 59th on the NFL’s all-time list with 593 receptions.

>> Moss has 52 career touchdown receptions. One catch would tie him with Elroy Hirsch, Donald Driver and Isaac Curtis for 84th on the all-time list.

>> Linebacker Brian Orakpo needs half a sack to reach 20 for his career.

>> Fellow linebacker Rocky McIntosh needs six tackles to reach the 400-tackle mark.

>> Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield played for the Giants from 2006 to 2010. Cofield, a second-round pick of New York’s in 2006, recorded 210 tackles and 10.5 sacks in five seasons for the Giants.

>> Giants receiver Devin Thomas was Washington’s top draft choice (second round) in 2008. Thomas played 34 games for the Redskins, recording 40 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns before being released by Washington last season.