SNIDER: Redskins Face Another Hard Schedule

Rick Snider
April 20, 2018 - 10:50 am
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The NFL didn’t do the Washington Redskins any favors again this year.

The NFC East faces the NFC South and AFC South that, coupled with NFC East foes, has the Redskins facing the fifth-toughest overall schedule. Toss in their third straight Thanksgiving Day game and four of the final six on the road capped by the ender against defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia and it’s going to be challenging to beat last year’s 7-9. Indeed, a healthier team than last year’s decimated crew will still be pressed to produce a winning year.

And that lackluster mark would mean massive change in 2019.

The schedule makers gave Washington some breaks. Facing Arizona and Indianapolis could mean a 2-0 start before meeting Green Bay prior to the Sept. 30 bye. The middle of the schedule isn’t too daunting by facing New Orleans, Carolina, Dallas, New York Giants, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Houston. Washington should get four wins out of that stretch.

But then it gets tough. Playing at Dallas on Thanksgiving is never easy before traveling to Philadelphia on Monday Night Football, which has never been Washington’s friend. The Redskins then host the Giants before traveling to Jacksonville, which suddenly became a contender last year. The NFL is keeping open the Dec. 22-23 weekend to flex schedule Washington at Tennessee before finishing with Philadelphia at FedEx Field. Washington will be lucky to finish with a 3-3 split.

The optimistic look so far from the fall is maybe 9-7, which might not merit a wild card. The realistic view is 7-9 given so many tough opponents. Neither record is likely enough for owner Dan Snyder not to trigger front office changes. Indeed, the long-range view looks murky.

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