Redskins open season in prime time

Redskins open season in prime time
April 18, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Here is the Redskins' 2013 schedule

  • Monday 7:10 p.m. 9/9 vs. Philadelphia
  • Sun 9/15 1 p.m. @ Green Bay
  • Sun 9/22 1 p.m. vs. Detroit
  • Sun 9/29 4:25 p.m. @ Oakland
  • 10/6 Bye
  • Sun 10/13 8:30 p.m. @ Dallas
  • Sun 10/20 1 p.m. vs. Chicago 
  • Sun 10/27 4:25 p.m. @ Denver
  • Sun 11/3 vs. 1 p.m. San Diego
  • Thur 11/7 8:20 p.m. @ Minnesota
  • Sun 11/17 1 p.m. @ Philly
  • Mon 11/25 8:30 p.m. San Francisco
  • Sun 12/1 8:30 p.m. New York Giants
  • Sun 12/8 1 p.m. vs. Kansas City
  • Sun 12/15 1 p.m. @ Atlanta
  • Sun 12/22 1 p.m. Dallas
  • Sun 12/29 1 p.m. @ New York Giants

Prime time games in bold

The Redskins will open the season September 9 at FedEx Field against NFC East rival Philadelphia on Monday Night Football, the NFL announced Thursday night.

The matchup – Washington’s first opener on MNF since 2006 – will mark the highly anticipated debut of the revamped Eagles and their innovative new coach, Chip Kelly. More important, though, it could also mark the return of Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Although the Redskins have not established a timeline for Griffin’s return from major knee surgery, the fact that the Redskins will open against a division rival on the sport’s biggest stage suggests it’s at least plausible that Griffin will be under center in Week 1.

(In February, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL had asked the Redskins for updates on Griffin’s status so it could “better schedule national TV games.”)

The game is one of five nationally televised games for the NFC East champion Redskins, who had only two last season before the season finale against the Cowboys got “flexed.”

This year’s slate – which includes road games against the Packers, Vikings, Falcons and Broncos, all playoff teams a year ago – is more difficult than last season’s. In fact, the strength of schedule is up from the 24th toughest to 18th.

That said, getting off to a strong start figures to be essential for the Redskins, regardless of who’s playing quarterback. Three of the first four opponents won a total of four games in 2012.

There are also two games that probably will require appointment viewing for football fans across the country: RG3 vs. the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick on MNF and RG3 vs. Eli Manning in the regular season finale at the Meadowlands in a game that might be for the division.

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