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2017 NFL Schedule Release: Redskins schedule includes 5 primetime games

2017 NFL Schedule Release: Redskins schedule includes 5 primetime games

After a long day of game-by-game leaks, the NFL released Washington's full schedule on Thursday. Fans have plenty to be excited about, and maybe complain, as the Redskins will play in five nationally televised primetime games, including consecutive Thursday night games in Weeks 12 and 13. 

The Redskins will open the 2017 season playing at home against NFC East foe Philadelphia. The 'Skins have beaten the Eagles in five straight contests, and will look to make it six when their season kicks off on September 10th at 1 p.m.

From there the Redskins will make their first of two trips to Los Angeles to take on the Rams. Former offensive coordinator Sean McVay took over the Rams head coaching job this offseason, and it will be an early opportunity to show his old team what they lost when the two sides matchup on September 17th.

Week 3 the 'Skins return home for their first primetime game, Sunday night September 24th against the Raiders. In Week 4, the Redskins will travel to Kansas City for a second straight primetime game, this one a Monday night affair against the Chiefs.

An early season Week 5 bye greets the 'Skins after back-to-back night games, and then in Week 6 the Redskins will welcome back another former offensive coordinator when Kyle Shanahan brings his San Francisco 49ers to FedEx Field on Sunday, October 15th. The team's third road game comes on another Monday night game, this time in Philadelphia on October 23rd. 

Six days later on Sunday, October 29th, the 'Skins will host the Cowboys. Dallas swept Washington last season, winning at FedEx Field in Week 2 and beating the 'Skins on Thanksgiving Day. 

Another West Coast trip comes up next, as Washington travels to Seattle for a contest on Sunday, November 5th. That will mark the halfway point of the season for the Skins.


The second half of the slate starts with a home game against Minnesota, scheduled for Sunday, November 12th. One week later, the Redskins travel to New Orleans to face the Saints on the 19th.

The franchise will host its first-ever Thanksgiving home game on November 23rd against the New York Giants. The team will play a second consecutive Thursday night game one week later in Dallas on November 30th. That's right: Back-to-back Thursday night games.

Following the consecutive Thursday night games, the Redskins again travel to Los Angeles, this time to face the Chargers. The game is scheduled at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday December 10th.

Weeks 15 and 16 mark the first time all season that Washington will host consecutive home games. In Week 15 the Cardinals come to town (Dec. 17, 1 p.m.) and on Christmas Eve the Broncos will visit FedEx Field for a 1 p.m. start.

The season finale comes on the road at the Meadowlands against the Giants. Last season, the Redskins lost to the Giants in Week 17 to be kicked out of the playoffs. This year, Washington might get the chance to exact revenge. 


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.