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NFL releases full 2016 Redskins regular-season schedule

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NFL releases full 2016 Redskins regular-season schedule

The Redskins will open the 2016 season at home against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers on Monday Night Football, welcome former quarterback Robert Griffin III to FedEx Field three weeks later and travel to Dallas for a Thanksgiving showdown, the NFL announced on Thursday night.

Washington will also make its first trip to London, where Kirk Cousins and Co. will face the Bengals in Week 8. Meanwhile, three games will be featured in primetime—against the Steelers in Week 1, in a Wild Card rematch against the Aaron Rogers and the Packers in Week 11 and vs. Cam Newton and the Panthers in Week 15.

One of the juiciest storylines of the entire season, though, figures to unfold at FedEx Field on Oct. 2 when Griffin returns to his old stomping grounds…assuming Griffin is, in fact, the Browns’ starting quarterback in Week 4. If No. 10 is under center, it’ll be a bittersweet night for the franchise and those who believe Griffin was done wrong in Washington.  

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Among the other schedule highlights:

  • The Redskins’ toughest span comes between Week 8 and 15, when they not only must cross the pond, they’ll face four 2015 division winners in the Bengals, Vikings, Cardinals and Panthers. And, oh yeah, Packers are in that stretch, too.
  • The Week 9 bye comes right in the middle of the slate. Or, at precisely the perfect time.
  • The Redskins face their regional rivals, the Ravens, at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 5. It will be the teams’ first meeting since 2012—a 31-28 Redskins’ victory in overtime. Washington is 2-3 all-time vs. Baltimore.
  • The trip to Dallas on Thanksgiving will mark Washington’s first game on Thanksgiving since a 38-31 victory in 2012. The Redskins are 2-6 all-time on Thanksgiving; seven of those eight games have been against the Cowboys, who have won six of the meetings.
  • The season ends with games against the Bears and Giants on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, respectively.

Here’s the full schedule:

Wk     Date           Opponent                    Time

1        Sept. 12     Steelers (Mon.)            7:10 p.m.

2        Sept. 18     Cowboys                     1 p.m.

3        Sept. 25     at Giants                     1 p.m.

4        Oct. 2        Browns                       1 p.m.

5        Oct. 9        at Ravens                   1 p.m.

6        Oct. 16       Eagles                        1 p.m.

7        Oct. 23       at Lions                      1 p.m.

8        Oct. 30       at Bengals (London)     9:30 a.m.

9                            BYE

10     Nov.  13       Vikings                       1 p.m.    

11     Nov.  20      Packers                        8:30 p.m.

12     Nov. 24       at Cowboys (Thurs.)      4:30 p.m.

13     Dec. 4         at Cardinals                  4:25 p.m.

14     Dec. 11       at Eagles                     1 p.m.

15     Dec. 19       Panthers      (Mon.)       8:30 p.m.

16     Dec. 24       at Bears       (Sat.)        1 p.m.

17     Jan. 1         Giants                          1 p.m.  

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Need to Know: A good sign for the Redskins’ running game?

Need to Know: A good sign for the Redskins’ running game?

Here is what you need to know on Sunday, August 19, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

Talking points

A year ago, there was tremendous concern about the Redskins’ rushing game. In their first two preseason games in 2017 when the games were the Redskins’ first-team offense against the other team’s starters on defense, Washington gained 13 yards on 13 carries. In the first halves of those games, which were played mostly with players on both sides who would end up making the roster the total was 21 attempts for 20 yards. 

At the time, the company line was to downplay the problems. 

“I’m just not worried,” said Trent Williams.

“It’s going to take time and it’s going to take plus-one, plus-two, negative-one, then you get a plus-eight. And things to pop. It’s attrition. Nothing’s going to happen just because you want it to.”

As we now know, the Redskins rushing game never really got going. Certainly, injuries to backs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson and to the entire offensive line contributed heavily to their No. 27 ranking in rushing yards. But a look at the preseason could indicate that the building blocks for an effective rushing game just weren’t in place. 

Things are looking better this year. In two preseason games, the Redskins have rushed for 216 yards. In the first halves of the games, they have 31 attempts for 109 yards. That’s not a great average (3.5 yards per carry) but it is a vast improvement on the sub-one yard per carrying average they had through two games last year. 

Let’s not get carried away here. Preseason numbers aren’t rock-solid indicators by any stretch and even if they were we are looking at a small sample size. Still, the preseason stats are what we have to look at right now. We will see how things develop.  

Bureau of statistics

In 2017 the Redskins averaged 123 rushing yards per game in their first five games. In their last 11 games, they averaged 76 per game. 

On the record

Jay Gruden on the returns of RBs Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine from ankle injuries: "There are no reports really, we'll just wait and see. Every injury is different, and we'll play it by ear and see how long it takes . . . The injury report will come out Week 1 on - when is it, Wednesday? And there you have it."

Comment: Yes, this really was Gruden and not Bill Belichick. The whole organization has been tighter with injury information in general this year. We’re getting a lot of descriptions like “lower leg” rather than ankle or toe. If that’s the way they want to do business that’s fine but be advised as a fan that you are not going to get much information. 

The agenda

Today: Practice at Redskins Park 1:50; Jay Gruden news conference and player availability after practice, approx. 3:00

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 5 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 13 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 21 days

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS and on Instagram @RichTandler