The Redskins will open the 2016 season at home against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers on Monday Night Football, welcome former quarterback Robert Griffin III to FedEx Field three weeks later and travel to Dallas for a Thanksgiving showdown, the NFL announced on Thursday night.
Washington will also make its first trip to London, where Kirk Cousins and Co. will face the Bengals in Week 8. Meanwhile, three games will be featured in primetime—against the Steelers in Week 1, in a Wild Card rematch against the Aaron Rogers and the Packers in Week 11 and vs. Cam Newton and the Panthers in Week 15.
One of the juiciest storylines of the entire season, though, figures to unfold at FedEx Field on Oct. 2 when Griffin returns to his old stomping grounds…assuming Griffin is, in fact, the Browns’ starting quarterback in Week 4. If No. 10 is under center, it’ll be a bittersweet night for the franchise and those who believe Griffin was done wrong in Washington.
Among the other schedule highlights:
- The Redskins’ toughest span comes between Week 8 and 15, when they not only must cross the pond, they’ll face four 2015 division winners in the Bengals, Vikings, Cardinals and Panthers. And, oh yeah, Packers are in that stretch, too.
- The Week 9 bye comes right in the middle of the slate. Or, at precisely the perfect time.
- The Redskins face their regional rivals, the Ravens, at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 5. It will be the teams’ first meeting since 2012—a 31-28 Redskins’ victory in overtime. Washington is 2-3 all-time vs. Baltimore.
- The trip to Dallas on Thanksgiving will mark Washington’s first game on Thanksgiving since a 38-31 victory in 2012. The Redskins are 2-6 all-time on Thanksgiving; seven of those eight games have been against the Cowboys, who have won six of the meetings.
- The season ends with games against the Bears and Giants on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, respectively.
Here’s the full schedule:
Wk Date Opponent Time
1 Sept. 12 Steelers (Mon.) 7:10 p.m.
2 Sept. 18 Cowboys 1 p.m.
3 Sept. 25 at Giants 1 p.m.
4 Oct. 2 Browns 1 p.m.
5 Oct. 9 at Ravens 1 p.m.
6 Oct. 16 Eagles 1 p.m.
7 Oct. 23 at Lions 1 p.m.
8 Oct. 30 at Bengals (London) 9:30 a.m.
10 Nov. 13 Vikings 1 p.m.
11 Nov. 20 Packers 8:30 p.m.
12 Nov. 24 at Cowboys (Thurs.) 4:30 p.m.
13 Dec. 4 at Cardinals 4:25 p.m.
14 Dec. 11 at Eagles 1 p.m.
15 Dec. 19 Panthers (Mon.) 8:30 p.m.
16 Dec. 24 at Bears (Sat.) 1 p.m.
17 Jan. 1 Giants 1 p.m.