The NFL will release the full 2019 schedule on Wednesday night, but for the Redskins, the toughest opponents on their slate already stand out.
Keep in mind that the NFL changes every week, let alone more than four months until the first game. Still, some opponents look fierce regardless of the time of year. Especially the first one on this list you're about to see.
Right now we know who and where, but in less than 24 hours, we will know when. pic.twitter.com/5Lcx7hK4vx— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 17, 2019
Ranking the Redskins' four toughest games for 2019
- New England - Duh. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will invade FedExField and it's hard to imagine the Redskins getting a win. The Patriots have won at least 10 contests every season since 2002 and collected six Super Bowl trophies in that time. They're the best team in football history. This will be a tough game.
- Chicago - The Bears had the best defense in the NFL in 2018, allowing less than 18 points-per-game. Their offense should be better as Mitchell Trubisky gets another year to develop in Matt Nagy's system. Chicago went 12-4 last season, and it's entirely reasonable to think they will come to FedExField with a better team in 2019.
- @ Green Bay - The last time the Redskins won at Lambeau Field, Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Think about that. The Redskins have beaten the Packers two games in a row, but those were both played in Washington. Sure, Green Bay had a bad 2018 season and hired a new coach, but Aaron Rodgers should be healthy again plus Green Bay has two first-round picks to boost their talent.
- @ Philadelphia - The Redskins have lost four in a row to the Eagles and last year's loss at Lincoln Financial Field was particularly troubling as Colt McCoy broke his leg. The crowd in Philly is always intense, and their offense should be much improved with Jordan Howard at running back. If Carson Wentz stays or gets healthy, the Eagles are the best team in the NFC East.
Honorable mention - Playing Dallas, home or away, is always hard. Facing Kirk Cousins in Minnesota will be electric. The Panthers have been a playoff team more often than not with Cam Newton at the helm, and Washington must travel to Charlotte.
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