Here are some notes and highlights from the Redskins’ 2017 schedule:
—The Redskins open at home for the third straight year. They are 0-2 in their last two home openers, losing to the Dolphins in 2015 and to the Steelers on a Monday night last year.
—They have three trips to the West Coast and the schedule makers spread them out through the schedule. They travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams in Week 2 in September, visit the Seahawks in Week 9 on November 5 and then they visit the Chargers, also now based in Los Angeles, in Week 14 on December 10.
—Their bye week comes early, in Week 5. The last two years the bye has fallen around midseason so they were due to get it early.
—For the second straight year, the Redskins will play on both Thanksgiving Day and on Christmas Eve. Both of those holiday games were on the road last year. This year they both are at home. For the first time, ever they will host a game on Thanksgiving Day. It will be against the Giants with an 8:30 start. On the day before Christmas they host the Broncos with a 1:00 start.
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—Last year there were some complaints by the Redskins because they played a Sunday night game at home prior to facing the short week and hitting the road to Dallas. This year they are on the road before their Thanksgiving game but it is a relatively short trip to New Orleans.
—In another first, the Redskins will play back-to-back Thursday night games. A week after that Thanksgiving encounter they travel to Dallas to play the Cowboys on November 30.
—The Redskins alternate home and road games for the first 11 weeks of the season. Then that November 30 game in Dallas is followed by the trip to play the Chargers. Right after those trips they get back-to-back home games against the Cardinals followed by that Christmas Eve game with the Broncos. They finish the season at the Giants on New Year’s Eve.
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—In addition to the two Thursday games the Redskins have three other prime time games. The first one comes in Week 3 when they host the Raiders. The following week the get a Monday night game at Kansas City. Then in Week 7 they go to Philadelphia for another Monday night game.
—The schedule starts and ends with relatively easy games (in as much as a team that has been around .500 the last two years can call anything “easy”). Their first two opponents, the Eagles and Rams, finished 2016 with losing records. And three of their last four opponents finished out of the playoffs last year.
—The meat of the schedule is in the middle with six of their 10 games coming against playoff teams. But they don't play more than two games in a row against 2016 postseson participants.