One reason to watch each Redskins game in 2017
Week 1 vs. the Eagles: Looking to keep the streak going
Did you know the Redskins have beaten the Eagles five times in a row? While it'd be better if that number was 50, it's still a streak that's worth bragging about. Bumping it up to six, and opening the 2017 season with a victory, would be a pretty decent start to an important campaign.
Week 2 at the Rams: The tutor meets his pupil
Jay Gruden and Sean McVay helped transform the Redskins' offense from dormant to dangerous while working together in the previous three seasons. Now, though, McVay is the captain of his own ship, and will get a chance to take down his former boss. Can McVay figure out a way to pick apart a defense he's faced numerous times in practice?
Week 3 vs. the Raiders: The war in the trenches
The Raiders have what many regard as the NFL's most impenetrable offensive line. The Redskins' defensive line, meanwhile, has been quite penetrable for some time now. This will be a huge early season test for a unit that's made some additions in the offseason, additions that not everyone is sold on.
Week 4 at the Chiefs: Saying hello to an old friend
Though the Redskins have had the Eagles' number as of late, when Andy Reid was roaming the Philadelphia sidelines, it was a different story. In his 14 seasons at the helm, Reid went 17-11 when facing Washington, and is 1-0 so far as the head coach of the Chiefs. That record, plus the Chiefs' high expectations this year, will mean the Redskins will likely come into this tilt as underdogs.
Week 6 vs. the 49ers: Pierre's return
From 2012 to 2016, Pierre Garçon made a habit of hauling in catches then mauling opposing defenders after the fact with the Redskins. Now, though, the veteran wideout is with the 49ers, and in Week 6 he'll surely be eager to show his ex-teammates he still has plenty left. Luckily for Washington, they'll be coming off their bye, so they should be well-rested and ready to match Garçon's intensity. And just in case that's not enough, don't forget that ex-Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan is now San Fran's head-man.
Week 7 at the Eagles: Making up for past Monday nights
This is the Redskins' second Monday Night Football appearance of the year (their first will be in Kansas City) and it'll offer a chance to get back at the Eagles for past misdeeds. The last two times these franchises clashed on MNF, Philly took down Washington both times at FedEx Field — first, there was that 59-28 debacle, followed by the 33-27 result in Robert Griffin III's return from his knee injury. The Redskins surely wouldn't mind returning the favor by beind rude house guests at Lincoln Financial Field in this primetime bout.
Week 8 vs. the Cowboys: Year two of Dak Prescott
Rookie sensation Dak Prescott will no longer be a rookie in 2017, but will he no longer be a sensation, too? The old adage is that once NFL coaches have a year of film on a quarterback, they'll understand how to make things much more difficult on that quarterback. Prescott had no problem carving up the Redskins a year ago, so it's on the Redskins to enter this first matchup with the Cowboys with a better gameplan.
Week 9 at the Seahawks: Meeting up with an enemy in the west
Outside of the NFC East foes, Redskins fans may abhor the Seahawks more than any other NFL team. That's because Seattle has ousted Washington in three out of the 'Skins' last four trips to the postseason, on top of the fact that the Seahawks' have a polarizing coach, some easy-to-dislike players and a very corny nickname for their fan base. It may not be long-standing rivalry, but there is real disdain in D.C. for the NFC West power.
Week 10 vs. the Vikings: Diggs's homecoming, part II
Former Maryland Terrapin Stefon Diggs made his first pro appearance in FedEx Field last year with the Vikings, and though his team lost, he shined. Diggs caught 13 passes for more than 160 yards, and was seemingly always free while working against the Redskins' secondary. He'll be anxious to come out and top those stats and the Redskins' DBs will be anxious to ensure he doesn't, which'll add up to a fun four-quarter battle.
Week 11 at the Saints: A shootout in the Superdome?
For the past couple of years, the Saints defense has been one of the few that Redskins fans could point to and say, "Hey, at least our unit isn't that bad." Because of New Orleans' history on that side of the ball and the way the Redskins' offense stacks up on paper, Kirk Cousins and Co. could be in line for a ton of points on the fast track in the Superdome. Of course, the Saints could easily say the same thing. It doesn't matter what Vegas will eventually set as the over for this one; you're taking it regardless.
Week 12 vs. the Giants: A day stuffed with action
This is the easiest sell on the whole schedule. The game's going down on Thanksgiving night, it's Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham and it's the first time the Redskins will see the Giants since that devastating Week 17 loss from last year. Even with all that you'll be eating on this Thursday, you should have no trouble saving room for the Redskins.
Week 13 at the Cowboys: Josh Norman's other rival
Odell Beckham isn't the only receiver that Josh Norman has an ongoing feud with. Last year on Thanksgiving Norman and Dez Bryant got into numerous scuffles on the field, including a particularly heated one after the final whistle. Maybe they'll have made up by this game, but, uh, actually, nevermind. There's no way they'll have made up by this game.
Week 14 at the Chargers: Unfamiliar territory
In Week 14, the Redskins will be playing football inside of a futbol stadium. Until the Chargers' new stadium is completed, they'll use the LA Galaxy's home as they temporary digs. Maybe that'll make kicker Dustin Hopkins feel more at home?
Week 15 vs. the Cardinals: A one-man show
David Johnson and opposing defenses don't really get along, and that's something the Redskins found out firsthand last December. In that game, the all-purpose back totaled 84 rushing yards, 91 reception yards and two touchdowns against Washington in a Cardinals win that was particularly damaging to the Redskins' playoff hopes. It'd be nice to avoid a repeat of that storyline this go-round.
Week 16 vs. the Broncos: A showdown in the slot
Most of the time, major cornerback vs. receiver matchups occur on the otuside, but in this Redskins-Broncos game, keep an eye on the middle of the field. That's where Jamison Crowder and Chris Harris Jr. will be operating, and for Crowder, he'll have a shot to show his talents against one of football's most elite slot defenders. It won't have the same hype of a Norman vs. Beckham pairing, but it could end up being more entertaining.
Week 17 at the Giants: Kirk's final game with the Redskins?
Judging off of past Redskins seasons, this might be a win-and-in scenario, which'll make it an enormous event on its own. But if Washington and Kirk Cousins don't come to a long-term agreement in the offseason, the regular season finale could mean something for the big picture as well. Kirk Cousins should enter 2017 as the Redskins quarterback, but if his status for 2018 isn't locked down soon, this very well could be the last Sunday he goes under center for the Burgundy and Gold.