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Enemy Intel: Redskins' NFC East rivals face tough games

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Enemy Intel: Redskins' NFC East rivals face tough games

Here is my weekly Redskins-centric look around the NFL:

—Not only are we midway through the NFL schedule we are halfway through the NFC East home and home cycle. The top three teams are all 2-1 in the division. The Cowboys beat the Redskins, the Redskins beat the Giants, and the Giants beat the Cowboys. Each team has at least one road win and one home loss. And all three teams beat the Eagles, who are 0-3 in the NFC East. With everyone’s bye now out of the way all four teams will play every weekend through New Year’s Day.

—The Cowboys take on the Steelers. Dak Prescott (just added “Dak” to my spellcheck, he’s going to be around for a while) will be at quarterback with a possibly healthy Tony Romo inactive. The Steelers are 2.5-point favorites to end Dallas’ seven-game winning streak. If they are going to do that Ben Roethlisberger will have to be more the quarterback that he was in Week 1 against the Redskins than the one who hobbled through the loss to the Ravens.

—While the Redskins are playing the Vikings, the Falcons and Eagles will tangle up I-95 in Philly. It used to be that you would judge Atlanta’s chances of winning by looking at where they were playing. They struggled outside of the Georgia Dome. That’s not the case this year. They’re 2-2 at home and 3-1 on the road. That one road loss was the controversial game in Seattle when many thought that the Seahawks should have been flagged for pass interference on Julio Jones that would have given them a shot at a win in the late going. The Falcons will put some points up on Sunday and it may be up to Carson Wentz to regain his early-season form to keep up with them. Philly hasn’t scored more than 23 points in their last five games. They’ll have to if they’re going to win this one.

—It was hard to read the Giants’ win over the Eagles. They got some gifts, two early interceptions of Wentz among them. But they took full advantage of them by turning them into touchdowns and there’s something to be said for that. Doug Pederson had some questionable fourth-down calls and it’s to the Giants’ credit that they made the Eagles pay for them. The Bengals have been inconsistent all year but a win in MetLife Stadium combined with a Steelers loss to the Cowboys would have them in second place in the AFC North, tied with the division-leading Ravens in the loss column. It’s a pick ‘em game and like most NFL games it will come down to which version of each team shows up and/or which one can make a play late.

—The Packers, the Redskins’ next opponent, are heading to Tennessee having lost two games in a row. I’m not so sure that the Packers deserve to be road favorites (they’re -2.5). The Titans have already won more games (4) than they won in either 2014 (2) or 2015 (3). They can run on you, sporting an average of 4.8 per rushing attempt. If the Pacers again suffer from a “lack of juice” as Aaron Rodgers said they did in their home loss to the Colts they could well head to FedEx Field next Sunday riding a three-game losing streak.

—Last week I lost one to the spread (Panthers -5 beat the Rams but didn’t cover) and had two outright losers in the Steelers and Eagles. Yeah, that adds up to 0-3 but that won’t stop me from trying again. I have the Patriots -7.5 over the Seahawks, the Falcons -2 against the Eagles, and Kansas City getting three against the Panthers.

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Redskins to play on Thanksgiving for third consecutive season

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Redskins to play on Thanksgiving for third consecutive season

The Washington Redskins are playing on Thanksgiving ... again.

With the 2018 NFL regular-season schedule set for an official release on Thursday night, news has begun to leak on the different dates.

The Redskins will travel to Dallas yet again to take on the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reports on Thursday afternoon.

The Week 12 showdown will take place on Thursday, Nov. 22 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. 

Last season, the Redskins beat the Giants at home 20-10 to increase their all-time Thanksgiving Day record to a whopping 3-7. That game marked the first time since the 1973 and 1974 seasons that the Redskins' played on Thanksgiving back-to-back years.

The 2018 season marks unchartered territory for the Redskins.

Against non-Cowboys opponents, the Redskins are actually undefeated on Turkey Day. But this showdown will be against their dreaded division rivals who hosted them two seasons ago on Thanksgiving.

The Cowboys won that matchup 31-26 with two rushing TDs from Ezekiel Elliot while Jordan Reed caught two TD passes from Kirk Cousins.

The Redskins and Cowboys will meet under the bright lights of AT&T Stadium on November 22. Game time to be determined.

RELATED: PROJECTING THE REDSKINS 2018 SCHEDULE

 

 

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NFL Schedule Release 2018: Rumors, news, dates, home, away opponents

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NFL Schedule Release 2018: Rumors, news, dates, home, away opponents

The 2018 NFL schedule will be released at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 19.

The 2018 NFL Season begins on Thursday, Sept. 6 with the Thursday Night Football season-opener. Week 1 commences on Sunday, Sept. 9 with a full slate of games.

But what we still have yet to find out is when each team plays each other. Home and away opponents, plus intra- and inter-conference matchups have already been announced, but the 2018 NFL schedule release will tell us when the teams will play.

The 2018 NFL schedule rumor mill has already started, with reports that the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday in Week 1 for the season-opener in a rematch of the NFC championship game. And as it tends to be, that news is incorrect. The Atlanta Falcons will head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in Week 1. 

Here is everything we know about the 2018 NFL Schedule:

Redskins 2018 NFL Schedule Rumors, News

Per out-of-town reports, we have the dates of some of the Redskins games. 

WEEK 1: Redskins at Cardinals. SOURCES: Per NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, the Redskins' will open the 2018 NFL regular season on the road in Week 1 to take on the Arizona Cardinals.

WEEK 5: Redskins at Saints. NEWS: The Redskins will travel to Louisiana for a early-season Monday Night Football game against the Saints. This would be a rematch of one of the 2017 games of the year. According to WDSU-TV New Orleans.

WEEK 8: Redskins at Giants. NEWS:  The Redskins will visit the New York Giants on Sunday, October 28 with a 1:00 p.m game at MetLife Stadium, according to an early leaked version of the Giants' 2018 schedule.

WEEK 10: Redkins at Buccaneers: NEWS: On Sunday, November 11 the Redskins will travel to Tampa Bay to play the Bucs. This should mark the Redskins' first game against their former star wide receiver, DeSean Jackson. 

WEEK 12: Reskins vs. Cobwoys: SOURCES: Per our JP Finlay, the Redskins will play on Thanksgiving, Thursday Nov. 22. Our Rich Tandler notes that the Redskins are the only NFC team still unaccounted for on Thanksgiving on the Cowboys schedule.

WEEK 14: Giants at Redskins. NEWS: The Giants' will visit to Washington will take place on December 9 in what also is a Sunday 1:00 p.m. game, according to the leaked schedule

2018 NFL Schedule Rumors, News

NEWS: Week 1: Falcons at Eagles. Two days after Eskin's report, numerous media outlets report that the Atlanta Falcons, not the Vikings, wil be heading to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in the 2018 NFL season-opener.

RUMOR: Week 1: Vikings at Eagles. Howard Eskin of Sports Radio WIP reports that a rematch of the NFC Championship Game will serve as the 2018 NFL season-opener with the Vikings heading to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.

RUMOR: Week 1: 49ers at Vikings. Kirk Cousins will make his Vikings debut at home on Sunday, Sept. 9 against the San Francisco 49ers, which is highly ironic considering Cousins' former Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan is the 49ers new head coach.

NEWS: Week 1: Bears at Packers. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the longtime rivals will face off in primetime on Sunday, Sep. 9 in Week 1 for Matt Nagy's first ever game as head coach of the Bears.

NEWS: Week 1: Seahawks at Broncos. Case Keenum will make his Broncos debut at home in Week 1 against the Seahawks, according to Mike Klis of KUSA-TV.

NEWS: Week 2: Giants at Cowboys. According to the leaked schedule, the Giants will travel to Dallas on Sunday, Sep. 16 at 8:20 pm for a Sunday Night Football matchup with their NFC East Rivals.

NEWS: Week 5: Colts at Patriots. The Colts will travel to New England for a Thursday Night Football showdown with the Patriots, according to Jeff Howe, who has the entire Patriots leaked 2018 schedule. 

RUMOR: Week 5: Vikings at Eagles: Kirk Cousins returns to the NFC East for the first time as the Vikings travel to Philadelphia to take on the defending Super Bowl champions. A specific date has yet to be announced. 

NEWS: Week 6: Seahawks vs. Raiders. The Seahawks and Raiders will head to Tottenham, England for the first game of the 2018 NFL International Series on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1:00 pm, according the NFL VP of Communications Michael Signora

NEWS: Week 6: 49ers at Packers. Jimmy Garappolo will face off with Aaron Rodgers on Monday Night Football on Oct. 15 at Lambeau Field, as Rob Demovsky reports.

NEWS: Week 7: Titans vs. Chargers: The Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers are the second set of NFL teams to make the trip overseas. The two AFC teams will play at Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 21.

NEWS: Week 7: 49ers vs. Rams: The 49ers will play in primetime for the second consecutive week, this time on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 pm on Oct. 21, against fellow up-and-coming NFC West team Los Angeles Rams, according to Niners Nation.

NEWS: Week 8: Eagles vs. Jaguars: The final game in the London series in 2018 will take place at Wembley Stadium and will feature the defending Super Bowl champions and London's unofficial team, the Jacksonville Jaguars at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 28.

RUMOR: Week 8: Bills vs. Patriots: Buffalo Rumblings is reporting that the Bills will host the Patriots on Oct. 29 at 8:15 pm for Monday Night Football in front of what should be a raucus crowd.

NEWS: Week 11: Chiefs vs. Rams: The NFL returns to Mexico for a Monday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams at Estadio Azteca at 8;15 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 19, according the NFL VP of Communications Michael Signora

Redskins 2018 Home Opponents:

Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
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:

Philadelphia Eagles 
Dallas Cowboys
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)

RELATED: PROJECTING THE REDSKINS' 2018 SCHEDULE