Here’s a six pack of observations about the Redskins’ 2013 schedule:
Prime time times five—A team can get scheduled for a maximum of five prime time games and the Redskins were one of seven teams to get the max. There could be a sixth if they are again in contention for the NFC East title. Any of their Sunday games after Week 10 could be flexed and those last two games against the Cowboys and Giants look like strong candidates.
The road is kind—The Redskins only go on the road for two consecutive games once, in November when the visit the Vikings and Eagles back to back. But the Minnesota trip is for a Thursday game and the short Philly trip isn’t until 10 days later. They are at home prior to their one trip into the Pacific Time zone, their Week 4 game in Oakland, and they have a bye after it.
Set up for fast start—The Redskins play only one playoff team in the first six games, the Packers in Week 2. Three of their opponents posted double-digit losses last year (Eagles, Lions, Raiders) and two have new head coaches (Eagles, Bears).
Cowboys crying—I caught wind of some complaints from the Cowboys camp that for the second year in a row, Dallas’ December game against the Redskins is in Washington. They will have to get over it.
Critical holiday season—From Thanksgiving on the Redskins will have a chance to make or break their season. They host the 49ers on the Monday after Turkey Day and are in Atlanta 10 days before Christmas. Those two games against last year’s NFC finalists will be important for a Redskins team that is going to want to go from being a playoff contender to being a Super Bowl contender. On top of that they will have the season series against the Giants and the rematch with the Cowboys.
Catching a break with the weather—The tundra in and around Lambeau Field isn’t likely to be very frozen in mid-September and although it looks like it could snow in Denver at any time, the weather isn’t likely to be too bad in late October. It’s bound to be chilly in Minnesota on Nov. 7 but that game will be played in the Metrodome. The Vikings will play two seasons outdoors at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium but that starts in 2014.
- 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