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Doesn't matter when the games are played, Redskins 2020 schedule among toughest in NFL

Doesn't matter when the games are played, Redskins 2020 schedule among toughest in NFL

The NFL will release the 2020 schedule for all 32 teams on Thursday night, but according to one expert, the Redskins already have a serious disadvantage. 

ESPN’s Mike Clay ranked Washington’s schedule among the toughest in the league, the third-toughest to be exact behind only the Panthers and the Falcons. 

While the exact schedule remains unknown - what dates the games will actually be played - it is known what teams the Redskins will face. And many of those teams are very good. 

Washington travels to San Francisco, the defending NFC champions, and will host Baltimore, the AFC’s best regular season team in 2019. Beyond the 49ers, the Redskins play the entire NFC West, perhaps the best division in football, and then the whole AFC North, which is more than just the tough Ravens team. That means games in Pittsburgh and home against the Seahawks. 

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Ron Rivera is rebuilding this Washington team, and most expect the Redskins to take some lumps this year. Dallas and Philadelphia look to compete for the division title and no NFC East games come easy, ever. On paper, the Redskins only look to be favored in three games when Carolina, Cincinnati, and the Giants come to FedEx Field. 

That said, projecting NFL performance is hard going week by week in season, let alone five months before any action is even slated to begin. 

Every year teams with high expectations underperform, and every year teams with low expectations come from nowhere to claim a playoff bid. Keep in mind too that the NFL added an additional Wild Card team to the playoff format, meaning seven teams from each conference will make the postseason.

Add all of that up and it's highly possible the Redskins schedule will look much different in September than it does in May. But in May, it sure looks hard. 

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If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

If the Redskins go with a new name, quarterback Dwayne Haskins has a favorite

As the Redskins name-change debate continues to gain steam, people everywhere are weighing in on potential options for a switch.

Scanning social media, the leaders in the clubhouse seem to be the Washington Warriors, Redtails and Redhawks.

At least one of those names has the blessing of a player fans hope will eventually become the face of the franchise.

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With several former Ohio State players on the team -- Dwayne Haskins, Chase Young, Terry McLaurin -- Bleacher Report's Matt Miller tossed around the idea of changing the Redskins to the Buckeyes. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins responded saying he liked the Redtails.

The Redtails were a group of Tuskegee airmen, all-black fighter pilots during World War II.

Haskins said "that's if we have to change the name," making clear he isn't taking a stance on whether the team should change the name.

Reports have suggested a name change is likely before the 2020 season begins.

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Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

Report: Globetrotters willing to sell Washington Generals name to Redskins

As the Washington football team mulls over the increasingly likely decision to change its name from the Redskins, the parent company of the Harlem Globetrotters suggested Friday that it'd be interested in giving the team another option.

According to Action Network's Darren Rovell, a spokesman for Herschend Entertainment said the company would "love" for the Redskins or NFL to call about buying the rights to the Washington Generals name.

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The Generals are the frequent opponent of the Globetrotters, almost always on the losing end of the fun basketball competition. Herschend Entertainment owns trademarks for both the Generals and Globetrotters.

“We think that the Globetrotters are right up there as the most liked team in the world with Manchester United and the New York Yankees,” Brett Meister, the spokesman, said. “Our heritage includes the Washington Generals.”

The Generals also have other local ties, as the team's former owner/coach/player Red Klotz was a member of the 1948 title-winning Baltimore Bullets.

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