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Redskins 2020 schedule: Trent Williams reunion highlights marquee matchups

Redskins 2020 schedule: Trent Williams reunion highlights marquee matchups

With Ron Rivera leading a completely new brand of Redskins football and everyone currently mired in a pandemic that has taken away all sports, it's safe to say that all 16 games on the team's 2020 schedule will be very anticipated.

That said, there are a couple of contests where the midweek buildup will hit even harder and a few more pregame beers will be consumed. 

Below, you'll find the four marquee matchups on this year's slate for the Burgundy and Gold, the ones that will most excite fans and should draw the most attention.

For the seven of you who still have legit calendars, circle these dates. For the rest of you, just start looking forward to them even more than the rest.

Redskins vs. Eagles, Week 1 — 9/13/20

Choosing the opener may feel like taking the easy way out, but for this season, it fits.

Think about it: For the first time since December 2009, Bruce Allen won't be watching the Redskins from inside the stadium. And for the first time since September 2014, the team's full-time head coach won't be Jay Gruden.

Yet it goes beyond who isn't here. Who is here matters, too.

This will be Chase Young's pro debut. This will be Dwayne Haskins' first start as the quarterback. This will be Terry McLaurin's first chance to build on his sterling rookie campaign. This will be Jack Del Rio's first time running the defense for real. This will be Kendall Fuller's second first trip onto the field for his hometown squad.

Of course, all of those firsts will come under Rivera's first meaningful appearance as the Redskins' leader. His arrival has already changed how so many view the NFC East's longtime loser. And this tilt will mark the true beginning of his era.

Redskins @ Cowboys, Week 12 (Thanksgiving) — 11/26/20

The Redskins have lost in their last four trips to AT&T Stadium, two of which came on Thanksgiving. Despite that ugly recent history, this clash makes the list, because Thanksgiving games will always make a list like this. 

There's certainly the hope that the playoffs will be a possibility this late into the schedule, but even if they're not, going into Jerry World with the whole country watching is significant. 

The Cowboys figure to be an NFC favorite in 2020 and their offense is stacked. Rivera and Del Rio will want to put their fingerprints on this rivalry by shutting them down on one of the league's showcase days.

 

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Redskins @ 49ers, Week 14 — 12/13/20

Facing a participant from the previous year's Super Bowl is a big deal. But that big deal becomes bigger than a large order of Five Guys fries when one of your franchise's most recognizable players from the past decade now suits up for that Super Bowl participant.

The Redskins have been involved in some really intriguing reunion games recently. Their trip to see Kirk Cousins in Minnesota stands out, as does traveling to Philly with DeSean Jackson and Donovan McNabb on their side. Running into Trent WIlliams in 2020, though, may outpace them all.

The way Williams' Washington career ended soured much of what he did during his tenure, so fans should be feeling a lot of animosity going into this one. Plus, Williams will be forced in part to try and neutralize the Redskins' biggest strength — their pass rush — meaning there could be epic one-on-one battles.

Going up against a left tackle is rarely, if ever, the reason why a meeting in the NFL means so much. This date is the exception to that rule. Start the countdown now.

Redskins vs. Panthers, Week 16 — 12/27/20

Rivera is definitely going to downplay how much squaring up with his ex-employer means to him. He's shown in his brief time with the Redskins that he'll take the high road and say the proper things when needed, so expect him to do the same here.

Inside, however, he's going to want to dominate the Panthers. And he's going to make sure his players will have that same desire.

While Rivera will only be in his first season as Washington's coach, he's already acquired a lot of trust and support from those who devote themselves to the organization. Those devotees should return the favor and treat this showdown with the Panthers as seriously as Rivera will.

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Report: Officials say RFK site not an option for Redskins unless team changes name

Report: Officials say RFK site not an option for Redskins unless team changes name

As the Redskins search for a new football home in the future, the RFK Stadium site is one that is at the top of the list. However, unless the team is willing to change its name, the area becoming their new field is a non-starter, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday

Speaking with several government officials, a similar message was shared throughout. The federally owned land will not be given to the franchise if the name remains what it is today.

“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” D.C.'s nonvoting delegate to the House of Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said. “He has got a problem he can’t get around -- and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”

“There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name," D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio said.

Washington's name has been a topic of debate for years but has recently received major pushback over the past month as the nation yearns for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd.

It was also reported on Wednesday that investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion have asked Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to terminate their business relationships with the Washington Redskins unless the team agrees to change its name.

The Redskins have expressed interest in playing on the grounds of RFK after a bill was introduced in 2019 calling for the federal government to sell the area to the city. However, the bill won't pass through Congress unless the land is used for the team under a different name. U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, referred to the current name as a "racist nickname."

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Redskins owner Dan Snyder has stated in the past that he is not open to a name change, as he considers it to be an act of honor toward Native Americans. 

Washington currently plays its games at FedEx Fied in Landover, Md. Both sides would like to see the team return to the District, but for as long as they are called the Redskins, it won't happen.

“The time has ended,” Grijalva said. “There is no way to justify it. You either step into this century or you don’t. It’s up to the owner of the team to do that.”

“The city obviously would like the team back,” Norton said. “But it’s important that [Falcicchio] used the word ‘federally’ -- meaning that they now recognize that there is no hope unless this name is changed.”

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Jeff Bostic shares hilarious story of Joe Bugel blaming him for a missed block that wasn't his doing

Jeff Bostic shares hilarious story of Joe Bugel blaming him for a missed block that wasn't his doing

Former Redskins coach Joe Bugel, who died on Sunday at the age of 80, impacted numerous players throughout his time in the NFL. Specifically, from 1981-89 he helped members of  "The Hogs" offensive line in Washington become one of the greatest units ever assembled.

However, for as much as Bugel loved his players and his players loved him back, the two sides were prone to some arguments. Bugel's fiery passion for the game led to some outbursts that no one was immune to. From Joe Gibbs to Russ Grimm, plenty got an earful.

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That includes former Redskins offensive lineman Jeff Bostic, who was alongside Bugel during his nine seasons in Washington. On the latest Redskins Inside Look, Bostic joined former Redskins teammate and legendary running back John Riggins to share one of his most memorable stories of Bugel.

It all started when Mark May, another member of the offensive line, didn't want to hear Bugel yell at him.

“You know the biggest whiner in Redskins history is Mark May. He had missed the block and Buges was on the staff," Bostic said. "Well, May is over there telling him I missed the block."

So, with that information to go off of, Bugel prepared to shame Bostic for the failed play. As Bostic jogged to the sideline following a field goal attempt, he couldn't understand why his name was being called.

“I’m coming off the field and I hear Buges yelling ‘He kicked your a--.’ And I’m like ‘who is he talking to?’" Bostic said. "And then he said it again. I said ‘who are you talking to?' He said, 'I’m talking to you.'”

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That led to Bostic showing his frustrations and sending his helmet hurdling through the air.

“I unbuttoned my helmet and threw it at him from about 15 yards away," Bostic said. "And I just left my helmet and went over and sat on the bench.”

Following the heated back-and-forth, Bugel quickly displayed the other side of his personality -- the one that cared for his players and just wanted to see them succeed. Heading over to Bostic, he wanted him to know there were no hard feelings, it was just the emotion of football getting the best of him.

"He said, ‘Hey horse you know I love you.'”

Because Bostic -- like so many other Redskins -- had a deep love and respect for Bugel, it was easy for him to take the apology and move on. However, he did want his coach to know that all the yelling was actually done for no reason because he was not the one to blame.

"I said 'You got a strange way of showing love. What you’re gonna do is when you watch the film tomorrow you’re gonna owe me an apology,'" Bostic said.

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