The full NFL schedule will be released Thursday night, but even before the Redskins 2017 plans get posted, much has already been decided.
Washington will obviously play six NFC East division games, with home and away tilts against the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants. Usually at least three of those games will be played in December, and almost certainly a division game will mark the end of the 2017 regular season. Last year, the 'Skins played in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, so it seems unlikely that trip happens two years in a row.
Beyond the NFC East games, the 'Skins will face the NFC and AFC West divisions. That means road trips to face the Seahawks and Rams, as well as the Chargers and Chiefs. The Cardinals and 49ers will visit FedEx Field as will the Broncos and Raiders.
With both the Chargers and Rams now playing in Los Angeles, it's possible the NFL could schedule the Redskins on back-to-back weeks in Southern California. That would allow the team to stay out west during the week between games, cutting down on some potential travel. A similar scene could unfold if the NFL schedules the 'Skins against the Rams or Chargers followed by the trip to Seattle, or vice versa. Three straight weeks on the opposite coast does not seem plausible.
By finishing third in the NFC East in 2016, the Redskins also locked in dates with two other NFC third place finishers in New Orleans and Minnesota. The Vikings will travel to Washington, where the 'Skins will make the trip to the French Quarter to face the Saints.
The 'Skins have started the past two seasons with two consectuive home games. Smart money says that streak will end in 2017. Washington also played five nationally broadcast games in 2016; three primetime contests as well as the Thanksgiving game and an early morning London contest against the Bengals. Expect that number to drop as well.
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