The Redskins are far from a picture of perfect health but they do get back two key performers on the offensive side of the ball.
The I's were dotted and the T's crossed on the written clearance for TE Jordan Reed and OT Trent Williams to return to the Redskins' lineup. Reed has missed the last two games while in the NFL's concussion protocol and Williams was out last week.
That is good news for an offense that struggled to find rhythm without Reed, who was the team's leading receiver at the time he was injured late in the Week 4 win over the Eagles, and Williams, their three-time Pro Bowl left tackle.
But it's not all good news for the Redskins. Third-down running back Chris Thompson is out with a back contusion he suffered last week against the Jets. Word is that Matt Jones will take most of the third-down snaps.
The offense will be without starters WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), who has been out since early in the season opener, and center Kory Lichtensteiger (neck), who also was out for the Jets game.
On defense, CB DeAngelo Hall (toe) will miss his third straight game and CB Chris Culliver (knee) will be out for the second consecutive week.
Also inactive for the Redskins are QB Robert Griffin III and DL Frank Kearse.
The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and everybody will predict the team’s season-long record.
It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing.
But don’t read much, if anything, into the schedule right now.
Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season.
Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East.
What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week.
Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak.
Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.
But remember, once the games start, anything can happen.
(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)
— Another Thanksgiving game for Redskins
The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule is finally here.
We’ve known who the Redskins will play in the 2018 season and where the games will be played since the regular season ended.
Now we know the when.
Here is the Redskins 2018 schedule; games are at 1:00 Eastern unless otherwise indicated.
The first thing that jumps out is the Thanksgiving game. This will be the third straight year that the Redskins have played on Thanksgiving. Two years ago they lost at Dallas and last year the got a win over the Giants at home.
Three Thanksgiving games in a row for a team that is not the Lions or Cowboys, the two teams that traditionally host on Turkey Day, is not without precedent although it is unusual. Besides Dallas and Detroit, only two teams have played in three straight Thanksgiving games since the 1970 merger.
The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between the played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Washington Redskins 2018 Regular-Season Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, 9/9. 4:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 9/16 Colts
Week 3 9/23 Packers
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 10/8 (Mon.) @Saints (8:15)
Week 6 10/14 Panthers
Week 7 10/21 Cowboys (4:25)
Week 8 10/28 @Giants
Week 9 11/4 Falcons
Week 10 11/11 @Bucs
Week 11 11/18 Texans
Week 12 11/22 (Thanksgiving) @Cowboys (4:30)
Week 13 12/3 (Mon.) @Eagles (8:15)
Week 14 12/9 Giants
Week 15 12/16 @Jaguars
Week 16 12/23 @Titans (Time TBD)
Week 17 12/30 Eagles
2018 REDSKINS SCHEDULE NOTES:
- If the Redskins are going to take advantage of home cooking, they will need to get off to a good start. They have five home games in the first half of the season. After Week 9 they have just three home games and they face a stretch of four road games in five weeks in late November and December. Three of the teams in that stretch, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans, made the playoffs and won at least one game. The Eagles, of course, won it all. The other road game in that stretch is against the Cowboys, who finished 9-7 last year.
- The Redskins will open on the road for the first time since 2014 when they opened in Houston. This year they will have to travel west to Arizona and try to win to remove the goose egg in Jay Gruden’s 0-4 opening-game record as coach of the Redskins.
- They get an early bye, in Week 4. That will be their earliest bye week since 2007 when the bye also came in Week 4.
- On the plus side, their two games in Florida come at times when hot weather is unlikely to be a factor. Their game in Tampa comes in November and the contest at Jacksonville comes in mid-December.
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