Redskins open with Giants, close at Eagles

Redskins open with Giants, close at Eagles
April 19, 2011, 9:44 pm
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7:23

By Ryan OHalloran
Redskins InsiderCSNwashington.com

Barring a prolonged labor dispute, the Redskins will open the season on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

The NFL released its regular season schedule Tuesday night and for the Redskins, it features only one prime-time game (Week 3 at Dallas) but also a neutral site game (vs. Buffalo in Toronto) and a Christmas Eve home contest against Minnesota.

The Redskins will have five games against 2010 playoff teams: Philadelphia (two), New England, the Jets and Seattle.

The league released the schedule on the 39th day of the lockout.

On paper, the Redskins' toughest stretch is Weeks 13-15 (home to the Jets and Patriots and at the Giants) and the easiest stretch is Weeks 7-10 (at Carolina, the Buffalo game in Toronto, vs. San Francisco and at Miami, four teams that didn't make the playoffs last year).

Here is the complete schedule:
Sept. 11 vs. NY Giants, 4:15 p.m., FOXNew Yorks last trip to Washington: The Giants won 17-14 on Jan. 2.
Comment: The Redskins open at home against an NFC East opponent for the second consecutive year (they beat Dallas last September). The Giants went 10-6 last year but missed the playoffs. Quarterback Eli Manning threw 25 interceptions. New York has had the Redskins number in recent years, winning the last six meetings.
Sept. 18 vs. Arizona, 1 p.m., FOXArizonas last trip to Washington: The Redskins won 24-17 on Sept. 21, 2008.
Comment: The Cardinals are a shell of what they were during their last game at the Redskins a team that would ultimately reach the Super Bowl, losing to Pittsburgh. Its anybodys guess who will be Ken Whisenhunts quarterback. Arizona still has receiver Larry Fitzgerald and D.C.-area native Tim Hightower at running back, but went 5-11 last year. The Redskins also had their first two games last year at home (win over Dallas, overtime loss to Houston).
Sept. 26 at Dallas, 8:30 p.m., ESPNWashingtons last trip to Dallas: The Cowboys won 33-30 last Dec. 19.
Comment: Rex Grossman was the story on the Redskins last trip to Jerry World, shocking everybody by going 25-of-43 for 322 yards and four touchdowns in his first Washington start. The Redskins have lost both their meetings in the new Cowboys Stadium and this is their first prime-time visit to Dallas since a Week 2 Monday nighter in 2006.

Oct. 2 at St. Louis, 1 p.m., FOXWashingtons last trip to St. Louis: The Rams won 30-16 last Sept. 26.
Comment: The Redskins were a no-show at the start of last years meeting (punter Josh Bidwell didnt even survive pre-game warm-ups before he was hurt) and it confirmed the defenses limitations St. Louis converted seven third downs and had possession for nearly 10 more minutes. The Rams are an up and coming team with quarterback Sam Bradford and pass rusher Chris Long. This is also new Redskins safety Oshiomogho Atogwes return to St. Louis.

Oct. 16 vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m., FOXPhiladelphias last trip to Washington: The Eagles won 59-28 last Nov. 15.
Comment: Entering the lockout, Philadelphia was the strongest team in the division despite its opening-round playoff ouster last year. The Eagles rocked the Redskins on the Monday night stage last year at FedEx, scoring 28 points in the opening 13 minutes and piled up 592 yards. This game comes after the bye week.
Oct. 23 at Carolina, 1 p.m., FOXWashingtons last trip to Carolina: The Panthers won 20-17 on Oct. 11, 2009.
Comment: The Redskins blew a lead against the Panthers was old friend Sherm Lewis debut as an offensive consultant and he was handed the play-calling keys a week later. Carolina has a new coach in Ron Rivera and drafts No. 1 next week.

Oct. 30 vs. Buffalo in Toronto, 4:05 p.m. FOXWashingtons last trip to Buffalo: The Bills won 24-7 on Oct. 19, 2003.
Comment: The Redskins arent going back to Buffalo the Bills play one home game each year in Toronto. Since the NFL started the neutral site regular season games in Mexico, England and Canada, this is the first time the Redskins have been involved. The Bills went 4-12 last year in Chan Gaileys first as head coach. He went 4-0 vs. the Redskins as Dallas head coach (1998-99).

Nov. 6 vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m., FOXSan Franciscos last trip to Washington: The Redskins won 52-17 on Oct. 23, 2005.
Comment: The 49ers have undergone massive turnover since Mike Nolans group was blown out by the Redskins six years ago and Mike Singletarys bunch beat the Redskins in the 2008 finale in San Francisco. Jim Harbaugh is the new coach and the 49ers are one of many teams with quarterback questions.
Nov. 13 at Miami, 1 p.m., FOXWashingtons last trip to Miami: The Dolphins won 24-23 on Nov. 23, 2003.
Comment: The Redskins and Dolphins havent seen much of each other lately, the only meeting being the 2007 season opener when right tackle Jon Jansen was lost for the year with a broken leg.

Nov. 20 vs. Dallas, 1 p.m., FOXDallas last trip to Washington: The Redskins won 13-7 last Sept. 12.
Comment: The Redskins used a DeAngelo Hall fumble recovery-turned-touchdown (when Wade Phillips should have just ordered a kneel down) and an Alex Barron holding penalty on Brian Orakpo that wiped out Dallas game-winning touchdown to give Shanahan his first win. The Cowboys will have a far different look this year Jason Garrett took over mid-season as head coach and Rob Ryan is the new defensive coordinator.
Nov. 27 at Seattle, 4:05 p.m., FOXWashingtons last trip to Seattle: The Redskins won 20-17 on Nov. 23, 2008.
Comment: The Redskins last two playoff games have been in Seattle (both losses). The Seahawks could have a new quarterback after winning the division with a losing record in Pete Carrolls last year.
Dec. 4 vs. NY Jets, 1 p.m, CBSNew Yorks last trip to Washington: The Redskins won 16-13 on Sept. 4, 2003.
Comment: The Redskins get their first exposure to Rex Ryan and, in particular, his outstanding 3-4 defense. The Jets have lost the last two AFC championship games so regardless of what happens in free agency, they think theyre Super Bowl contenders. Ryans blitz packages will be a test for the Redskins offensive line.

Dec. 11 vs. New England, 1 p.m. CBSNew Englands last trip to Washington: The Redskins won 20-17 on Sept. 28, 2003.
Comment: After that loss, the Patriots would win their next 21 regular seasonplayoff games and no Washington player remains on the roster. In the teams last game, the Patriots did whatever they wanted in a 52-7 win in 2007 that could have been 72-7 if Bill Belichick hadnt called off the dogs.

Dec. 18 at NY Giants, 1 p.m. FOXWashingtons last trip to the Giants: The Giants won 31-7 last Dec. 5.
Comment: New Meadowlands Stadium was as unkind as old Giants Stadium to the Redskins on their first visit the Giants rushed for 197 yards and the Redskins had six turnovers in last years debacle. The Redskins have six of their last seven in the Swamp.
Dec. 24 vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m. FOXMinnesotas last trip to Washington: The Vikings won 17-13 last Nov. 28.
Comment: Leslie Frazier won his Vikings debut against the Redskins last year, which also triggered a four-game losing streak by Washington. Could this be Donovan McNabbs ballyhooed return to FedEx Field? It sure would make a stale match-up a lot more interesting. This is the Redskins first Christmas Eve home game since 2005 against the Giants.
Jan. 1 at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. FOXWashingtons last trip to Philadelphia: The Redskins won 17-12 last Oct. 3.
Comment: Last years match-up was all about Donovan McNabbs return to Philadelphia but ended up being about Brandon Banks debut, Ryan Torains emergence and Michael Vicks injury. For whatever reason, the Redskins have enjoyed recent success before the rowdy Eagles fans wins four out of the last six years.

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