It may have been a disappointing season for the Washington Redskins in 2017 but it is never too early to start looking ahead to the 2018 schedule.
Each year every team in the NFL will play their division opponents twice (home and away), one division in the NFC, and one division in the AFC. The latter two are based on a set three or four-year rotation and consistent for the division. This accounts for 14 of the 16 game schedule.
Ensuring parity in the NFL, the league creates the last two matchups based on where teams finished the previous season. It leads to favorable schedules for teams near the bottom of the standings and more competitive schedules for the teams near the top. This generates the popular 'worst-to-first' finish in the division more often than not.
Based on these rules we already know who the Washington Redskins will be playing in the 2018 season.
NFC East matchups are a given, but the other two divisions the rest of the NFC East will play are the AFC South and the NFC South (the NFC division that has three of their four teams in the playoffs this year).
Since the Redskins finished third in the NFC East they will also play the two other NFC teams that finished third in their respective division: the Green Bay Packers and the Arizona Cardinals.
Redskins 2018 Opponents:
Redskins 2018 Home Opponents:
New York Giants
Carolina Panthers (NFC South)
Green Bay Packers (NFC North)
Atlanta Falcons (NFC South)
Indianapolis Colts (AFC South)
Houston Texans (AFC South)
Redskins 2018 Away Opponents:
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints (NFC South)
Arizona Cardinals (NFC West)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South)
Tennessee Titans (AFC South)
Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South)