In late September the Redskins will face two divisional opponents in the span of five days. You read that right. On Sunday September 21, the Skins travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles, in what surely will be a emotional game as DeSean Jackson returns to the team that cut him. Just four days later, Washington hosts the New York Giants on Thursday night.
Two NFC East games in five days not enough? Peter King in MMQB wrote an interesting piece on how NFL schedules are made, and he explained that the league tries to avoid road trips for teams that play Monday night games. But for the Redskins, just that happened.
On Monday October 6 the Skins face the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at home under the lights. Later that week, a cross-country flight to face the Arizona Cardinals. So following a Monday night affair with the defending champs, the Skins have to make not just a road trip, but the second-longest trip they make all season.
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There is still another chunk of the schedule that stands out. In late November the Redskins make consecutive road trips to face two of the toughest teams in the league. First, Washington again boards a cross-country flight to face San Francisco. A week later, the Skins will fly to Indianapolis to play the Colts. Two road games against two playoff teams with long flights in between.
The season closes, as it usually does, with a stacked NFC East plate. Three consecutive division games, at New York and then home for the Eagles and Cowboys, will close the year. Who's ready for some football?
What's the toughest stretch the Redskins face? Did the NFL make the schedule fair? Or does every schedule have some unfortunate twists? Let us know in the comments!