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The Redskins released their 2019 schedule on Wednesday, and there were two things that stood out: only two primetime games and a brutal five-game stretch to start the season against four playoff teams from a season ago.

But when diving into the Redskins schedule, one other thing that stands out is when they don't have a game. For the first time since 2015, the Redskins do not play on Thanksgiving. Coincidentally, 2015 was the last time the 'Skins made the playoffs.

That is good news for Redskins fans, based off the way they have played on Turkey Day recently.

In 2016, the Redskins fell to the Dallas Cowboys 31-26, as Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott each had two total touchdowns for Dallas.

Then-quarterback Kirk Cousins did throw for a season-high 449 yards in the loss, completing 41 of his 53 pass attempts for three total touchdowns without an interception. Tight end Jordan Reed had his best game of the season, adding 10 receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

The Redskins just couldn't stop the rookie duo of Dak and Zeke.

In 2017, the Redskins hosted the New York Giants on Thanksgiving night, the first time Washington had ever hosted a game on Thanksgiving.

The Redskins did leave FedExField victorious, 20-10, but nothing about their play seemed promising; the Giants were just not very good. In a game they should have won with ease, the Redskins didn't take the lead until three and a half minutes were left in the game, when Cousins connected with wide receiver Josh Doctson on a 14-yard touchdown.

 

The Redskins went 2-3 the rest of the season, and missed the playoffs, again, finishing with a 7-9 record.

The Redskins traveled to Dallas once again in 2018 on Thanksgiving, and the result was very similar to the one from two years prior, as Dallas defeated Washington, 31-23.

Making his first start of the season in place of the injured Alex Smith, Colt McCoy showed promise, but also why he has mainly been a career backup quarterback. McCoy did throw two touchdowns, including a beautiful 53-yard strike to tight end Vernon Davis, but also threw three interceptions in the loss. 

The Redskins could not stop Cowboys' newly-acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper, who went for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The loss took Washington out of first place in the NFC East, a position they would not return to for the rest of the season. Washington finished 2018 on a 1-6 stretch, turning a promising 6-3 start into a sad 7-9 finish.

So based on the recent performances on Thanksgiving, Redskins fans should be thrilled they aren't playing on the holiday this year.

They can now sit back and enjoy the holiday, something 'Skins fans have not been able to do recently.

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