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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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Cris Collinsworth tells Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt. Jr. how the team can create leverage with No. 2 pick

Cris Collinsworth tells Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt. Jr. how the team can create leverage with No. 2 pick

If there was a Mount Rushmore for celebrity Redskins fans, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would certainly make the list.

And he, like every other Redskins fan, is wondering what the team will do with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

On Wednesday, the semi-retired NASCAR driver joined NBC Sports' Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth on an edition of Lunch Talk Live, where Earnhardt was able to ask Collinsworth a bunch of hard-hitting questions regarding Ohio State's Chase Young and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa that many fans would like to know.

The driver first asked Collinsworth if the talk about the Redskins potentially moving back in the draft to acquire multiple picks is legitimate, and the Sunday Night Football broadcaster told Earnhardt he believes it is.

"Yeah, I think so. If you want Tua, you have to jump up there somewhere," Collinsworth said. "So a lot of people are assuming it's Detroit that they're going to make that trade with. If I'm the Redskins, I would be telling everybody I know how much I love Tua. Because if they want to make that deal, I want them coming up and making that deal with me."

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Collinsworth went on to explain that even if the Redskins do want to take Young, they should continue to make teams believe that they're at least semi-interested in drafting Tagovailoa. Otherwise, QB-needy teams will try to strike a deal with the Lions at No. 3 first, knowing they probably won't have to give up as much compensation in return.

Earnhardt then asked whether the Redskins should even consider trading back if the opportunity presents itself, as Young may be too talented of a prospect to pass up.

"I think the Chase Young question is a big one, too," Collinsworth said. "Is he really one of those Lawrence Taylor, generational pass rusher kind of guys? Because you're going to feel awfully stupid if you trade him out. Conceivably, you could even trade back to four or five, depending on how the rest of the draft ends up going, and still have a chance [at Chase Young]."

Collinsworth explained that the Lions really need a cornerback, and there will likely be a very solid one on the board at No. 3 with Ohio State's Jeff Okudah. At No. 4, the New York Giants could also take an offensive lineman, as they have a gaping hole at left tackle.

So, if a quarterback-needy team like the Miami Dolphins at No. 5 of Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6 comes calling, there could conceivably still be a chance the Redskins trade back and land Young.

"Could Chase Young fall? Could you still get him at five?" Collinsworth asked. "That's what makes it fun. Nobody knows what's going to come out of this thing."

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, teams have been unable to bring in prospects to their own facilities. That means no individual workouts, no in-person interviews, and no team doctors have not been able to examine players. The last part is extremely crucial for Tagovailoa, as he's continuing to recover from a dislocated hip injury he suffered in November.

The former Alabama QB claims to be 100 percent healthy, but no team doctors have been able to confirm that due to the circumstances.

"How do you know?" Collinsworth said on Tua's health. "It's even worse this year because they can't get him on campus and have their own doctors take a look at him. So it adds to the intrigue."

Collinsworth also brought up the Redskins second-year passer Dwayne Haskins and thinks it's far too early for the Redskins to give up on him.

"You have Dwayne Haskins, who was good last year," Collinsworth said. "He had his moments. If you compare him to the other rookie quarterbacks, he was right in there. It's going to take a little while for him to get up and running."

To conclude the interview, Earnhardt asked Collinsworth that if the draft happened today, what he thinks would happen. His response should please many of the Redskins fans pleading to stay at No. 2.

"If I had to bet my house today, I would guess Chase Young goes to Washington," Collinsworth said.

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Redskins to host virtual party for 2020 NFL Draft

Redskins to host virtual party for 2020 NFL Draft

The Washington Redskins are inviting fans to join their virtual draft experience from April 23-25, which includes a virtual party in lieu of the standard in-person event.

The decision to move to this format is in accordance with social distancing guidelines, as it will allow fans to join the draft experience while staying safe at home. 

The Redskins virtual experience will feature live draft coverage and analysis on the first two days of the NFL Draft, leading up to the draft party on the third day.

The draft party on April 25 will be streamed on the Redskins’ social media channels and will include interviews with coaches, players and celebrity fans. There will also be fan giveaways. 

“We hope the NFL Draft will be a source of joy and excitement for fans who welcome some distraction during these extremely challenging times,” said head coach Ron Rivera. “The Virtual Draft Party is meant to be a celebration that will create a sense of unity for Redskins fans as we continue this fight together, while understanding we have a responsibility to do the right thing by not celebrating together physically.”

Some of the special guests due to make an appearance are Rivera, Redskins VP of player personnel Kyle Smith, and quarterback Dwaye Haskins. 

Registration is free for all fans at Redskins.com/VirtualDraft.

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