Three notable quirks of Redskins' 2018 schedule

Brian Tinsman
April 19, 2018 - 8:44 pm
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Thursday was NFL schedule release day, and the Washington Redskins confirmed where and when they will play games in 2018. At least for the most part.

It is as follows:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9 at Arizona Cardinals (FOX) 4:25 p.m.

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16 vs. Indianapolis Colts (CBS)1 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23 vs. Green Bay Packers (FOX) 1 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30 Bye Week

Week 5: Monday, Oct. 8 at New Orleans Saints (ESPN) 8:15 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14 vs. Carolina Panthers (FOX) 1 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21 vs. Dallas Cowboys (CBS) 4:25 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28 at New York Giants (FOX) 1 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4 vs. Atlanta Falcons (FOX) 1 p.m.

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX) 1 p.m.

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18 vs. Houston Texans (CBS) 1 p.m.

Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 22 at Dallas Cowboys (FOX) 4:30 p.m.

Week 13: Monday, Dec. 3 at Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN) 8:15 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9 vs. New York Giants (FOX)1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX) 1 p.m.

Week 16: TBD at Tennessee Titans (TBD) TBD

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (FOX) 1 p.m.

Here are three obvious, or not-so-obvious quirks of the Redskins' schedule:

1. Week 16 TBD: For some reason, the NFL chose not to announce when the Redskins and Titans will square off in Week 16. The game could come in the afternoon or evening on Saturday, December 22, or in the afternoon on Sunday, December 23. Not only is it unclear when the game will be played, it's unclear what network the game will be played on, or when those decisions will be made. This is highly unusual for an NFL schedule announcement, especially since the schedule release kicks off the ticket-selling season. With travel and family considerations that close to the holidays, it's hard to imagine that this omission of detail will help to sell tickets for the game.

2. Back-to-back-to-back: The Redskins don't play a division opponent until the end of October, which means that the second half of the season is loaded with familiar faces. That includes a three-game stretch of Weeks 12-14 where they play the Cowboys, then Eagles, then Giants. The Redskins have had little reason to savor division games in recent years, which means this could be a defining stretch of the season.

3. Extra Thankful: The Redskins become the first non-Detroit/Dallas team since the 1979-81 Chicago Bears to play in three-consecutive Thanksgiving games, this time traveling to Dallas for the 4:30 contest. This could bring back sweet memories of the 2012 breakout game in Dallas, or more recent memories of the 2016 loss in Dallas on Turkey Day. The game will be played in front of a nationally televised audience, one of just three scheduled in 2018. The other two will happen in prime time against the Saints in Week 5 and the Eagles in Week 13. A number of other games could get flexed as necessary.

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