Robert Griffin III and the Redskins will open the season on the road in Houston on Sept. 7, DeSean Jackson will make his return to Philadelphia two weeks later and the Super Bowl champion Seahawks will visit FedEx Field on Oct. 6, the NFL announced Wednesday night.
The Redskins’ 2014 schedule also features three prime-time games—against the Giants in Week 4, Seahawks in Week 5, and Cowboys in Week 8. Last season, the Redskins had a franchise record five nationally television games. This season’s total—for a team coming off a 3-13 season—likely speaks to the team’s star power, which received a jolt from the signing of Jackson.
The highlight of the slate, of course, are Jackson’s two meetings with his former team. The Eagles released the three-time Pro Bowler in a surprise move last month and Jackson recently promised, “There’s gonna be something special about those two games, for sure.”
Russell Wilson and the reigning champion Seahawks come to Landover for a Monday night meeting on Oct. 6. The last time Seattle came to town, Wilson rallied the Seahawks from a 14-point deficit in the 2012 playoffs. Of course, that was also the game where Griffin suffered a devastating knee injury and Trent Williams punched Richard Sherman in the face in postgame fracas.
Based on last season’s winning percentages, the Redskins have the 17th toughest schedule in the NFL this season. The bye week, meantime, arrives in Week 10—five weeks later than last year.
Here’s the complete schedule:
Sep. 7—at Texans, 1 p.m.
Sep. 14—Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Sep. 21—at Eagles, 1 p.m.
Sep. 25—Giants (Thursday) 8:25 p.m.
Oct. 6—Seahawks (Monday) 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 12—at Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
Oct. 19—Titans, 1 p.m.
Oct. 27—at Cowboys (Monday) 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 2—at Vikings, 1 p.m.
Nov. 16—Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Nov. 23—at 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
Nov. 30—at Colts, 1 p.m.
Dec. 7—Rams, 1 p.m.
Dec. 14—at Giants, 1 p.m.
Dec. 20—Eagles (Saturday), TBD
Dec. 28—Cowboys 1 p.m.