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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

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Redskins draft countdown: Georgia RB Sony Michel

Redskins draft countdown: Georgia RB Sony Michel

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Sony Michel

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Georgia

Sony Michel is a solid north-south runner who also can bounce outside and pick up yardage. He shared playing time with Nick Chubb last year and still ran for 1,277 yards, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, and scored 16 touchdowns against SEC competition. Michel also showed his bona fides in the passing game, catching 64 career passes and showing that he can handle pass protection. 

Height: 5-11
Weight: 220
40-yard dash:4.54

Projected draft round:2

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins have made no secret of their desire to draft an upgrade at running back. They would prefer one who can catch passes out of the backfield and gain yardage between the tackles. Sony Michel can do both as well as pop for yardage on the outside. There is a good chance that he will be on the board when the Redskins draft in the second round. Since they don’t have a third-round pick, this may be the last chance to get an upgrade in this draft. 

Film review: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Alabama

—The first thing to say here is that the Bulldogs had a quality run-blocking offensive line. Michel frequently had big holes to run through. For his part, Michel maximized his gains when he had a big opening, hitting it quickly and working north-south. 

—He also can pick up yards through just a small crease, again by hitting it with urgency and gaining momentum to drive for the final few yards. 

—Michel didn’t do a whole lot of pass protection in the plays I watched, but he was solid when he did. On one play against Notre Dame, he put a blitzing defensive back on the ground. Against Alabama, he got in the way of likely first-round pick Da’Ron Payne long enough to allow the quarterback to get off a deep pass. To be sure, he didn’t blow Payne away but his block was effective.

—Besides the O-line, Michel also got quality blocking from his receivers. Again, he took advantage, reading the blocks and maximizing the gain. 

—He also can get it done without much help. On third and 20 against the vaunted Alabama defense, he headed up the middle and quickly went outside when he saw no running room. He headed to the sideline with four Alabama defenders and no blockers in sight. Michel found another gear and accelerated down the sideline to convert the third and long.  

—He later converted a third and 10 on a draw play, quickly getting up to speed and zipping through traffic to move the sticks. 

Potential issues: Although he has decent speed, he’s not the home run threat you might want in a back taken in the second round. And Michel isn’t really a power back either, although he can fight for extra yards. 

Despite his limitations, there is chatter that Michel might be drafted early in the second round or perhaps even late in the first. It’s hard to separate the smoke and speculation from reality as we sit a week before the draft starts. But he’s a talented back and if Derrius Guice goes off the board earlier than most expect, a run on runners could include Michel. 

Bottom line: Saquon Barkley is the obvious top running back and he surely will be gone when the Redskins pick in the first round. After that, the Redskins have plenty of options. They like Guice but 13 may be too high for him and he is likely to be gone when their pick in the second is on the clock. Michel is one of a few possibilities there, a group that also would include Michel’s former teammate Nick Chubb, Ronald Jones of USC and others. Without a peek at the draft board in Ashburn, we will just have to wait and see. 

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule Thursday night

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The NFL fills in the blanks on the Redskins' schedule Thursday night

Since the 2017 regular ended we’ve known who the Redskins will play this coming season and we have known where the games will be played. Tonight we find out the when. 

The NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. The NFL will fill in the blanks beside all of the prime time games, the Thanksgiving Day games and the Sunday doubleheader and night games. 

Last year, the Redskins were coming off of an 8-7-1 season where they just missed making a second straight playoff appearance. Kirk Cousins was becoming one of the more recognizable names in the NFL and the schedule makers thought they would be enough of a draw to warrant five prime time slots. They were scheduled for a Sunday night, two Monday nights, and two Thursday nights, including a first-ever home game on Thanksgiving. 

The Redskins may not be as attractive a prime time candidate this year. They went 7-9 and Cousins is gone, although replacement Alex Smith is fairly well-known. It’s nearly a given that two NFC East games will be on prime time. That has been the case every year but one since 2012. We will see what will happen beyond that. 

The prime-time games that the Redskins do have will start a bit earlier than they have in the past. The league announced yesterday that Monday night games will move up from 8:30 p.m. ET to 8:15 p.m. ET and Thursdays will move from an 8:25 p.m. start to 8:20 p.m. Sunday night games move up from 8:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.

There has been speculation that the Redskins will play on Thanksgiving, perhaps at Dallas or against another opponent in the night game. That would make three years in a row on Thanksgiving for them. That is not without precedent although it would be unusual. Besides the Lions and Cowboys, who host Thanksgiving games annually, only two teams played in three straight Thanksgiving games. 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 they played at Dallas on Thanksgiving. 

The availability of FedEx Field should not cause any schedule alterations. There are some events scheduled for the venue but concerts by Taylor Swift and Beyonce & Jay-Z, an international soccer game, and the Maryland-Texas college game are all going to be done before the start of the NFL season. 

Here are the Redskins regular season opponents. 

Road

  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Cardinals
  • Saints
  • Jaguars
  • Titans
  • Bucs

Home

  • Cowboys 
  • Giants
  • Eagles
  • Packers
  • Panthers
  • Colts
  • Falcons
  • Texans

The preseason opponents were announced earlier this month.

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