Yes, the 2017 NFL schedule is now available to peruse. As usual, numerous prognosticators are already out making predictions based on each team’s slate. All told, the fans of the Washington Redskins are no different. And in case you’re wondering, you can find all 16 games and the off-week right here courtesy of NFL.com.
This season, the team kicks off the year on September 10 against the rival Philadelphia Eagles. A year ago, the ‘Skins swept their NFC East foes from the City of Brotherly Love for the second consecutive year. All together, they have actually defeated the Birds five straight times.
We’re not going to go through every contest. But in Weeks 3 and 4, the ‘Skins have back-to-back prime-time tilts with the Oakland Raiders (Sunday Night Football) and the Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. The latter is on a Monday evening at Arrowhead Stadium. That’s followed by Washington’s off-week.
Also, the Redskins play three of their final six games vs. NFC East rivals. Of course, that includes a pair against the New York Giants in Weeks 12 and 17. A year ago, Jay Gruden’s team lost at home on the final day of the regular season to Ben McAdoo’s club. This season, Washington travels to MetLife Stadium to battle Eli Manning and company. As for the teams’ first clash of 2017, it takes place on Thanksgiving night at FedExField. On the other hand, that Turkey Day tilt with Big Blue is followed by another Thursday affair. Exactly one week later, the ‘Skins travel south for their second meeting of the season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Yes, the next few days will see fans of all teams coming up with win-loss records for their club in 2017. That includes the loyal followers of the Washington Redskins. It may be an exercise in futility considering things change from week to week (as well as from April to September). However, it’s what we call harmless fun.
Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.