The Redskins learned their upcoming regular season schedule last Thursday night…three months after learning all of their opponents for 2017 (beware that third place schedule). Which brings in my two best Burgundy & Gold Buddies, Positive and Pessimist. Both have plenty of thoughts about how the upcoming slate will progress. Their projections average out to a final record of 6-7-3.
September 10- Philadelphia, 1 pm. The Eagles enter year two of coach Doug Pederson’s regime…with Carson Wentz that much more polished than the guy who got swept by the Skins last year. Can’t wait to see Kirk Cousins now that he finally has great new shiny toy in Terrelle Pryor plus a healthy Josh Doctson! Don’t the Redskins always sleepwalk in September after going easy during the preseason? Not feeling good at all here.
September 17- at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 pm. First game back in the Coliseum since…when did they visit the LA Raiders? Former Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay has a major rebuilding project on his hands. Easy pickings- the Skins D will know McVay’s offense inside and out. Chalk up another W! Wouldn’t McVay know the ins and outs of the sad-sack Skins D? But it’s impossible not to think of a successful sunny afternoon against these Rams-at least this year.
September 24- Oakland, 8:30 pm. The first of five prime-time games for a team coming off an 8-7-1 record. Hey, the NFL has to put somebody on. Do we have to refer to them as “Oakland”? I’m feeling there may be some tension between the city and team that will have them less than focused. Whatever city they’re calling home, the Raiders boast Derek Carr at quarterback. The first legit QB to face the Skins D will enjoy some easy pickings.
October 2- at Kansas City, Monday at 8:30 pm. Consecutive prime-time games this early means the NFL is hedging their Burgundy & Gold bets…because a 1-2 Redskin team is so much better than a 2-7 squad. Can you say 4-0 entering the bye? I’m thinking Andy Reid finds a way to bungle this one. Didn’t Reid own the Skins when he coached the Eagles? And isn’t this game on Monday night? Just what we need–two weeks of desperation.
October 15- San Francisco, 1 pm. The coordinator reunion tour continues with a visit from Kyle Shanahan. They needed two weeks to prepare for the 2-14 Forty-niners? I’m never a fan of a west coast team playing at 1 ET…except when it helps the Skins. W. There’s no way they can lose this game, right????
October 22- at Philadelphia, Monday at 8:30 pm. Another prime-time game? Guys in the beltway area will be dragged to apple picking, brunches and antiquing early and often Sunday afternoons this fall. Seriously, Carson Wentz got locked in a gas station bathroom last offseason! Didn’t the Skins escape both games last year? Philly will be better, and Wentz will be wiser (at least, he’ll take his cel in the bathroom with him).
October 29- Dallas, 4:25 pm. Six of the Skins’ first eight games will be on national TV. They return a bottom-10 defense and are going through trust/confidence issues with a quarterback who loses both of his wideout weapons? Hmm. Next to fans fighting in the stands, nothing is more certain about a Redskins-Cowboys game than it will go down to the wire. I feel good. Dallas will be that much better with Dak Prescott…at least during the regular season. I have a feeling we’ll see Colt McCoy that day.
November 5- at Seattle, 4:05 pm. Technically a part of FOX’s regional package…back in the day when there were blackouts this always used to be referred to as the “Curt Menefee-Brian Baldinger” slot. Tough to keep the glass half-full out west…where this team never plays well. Doubling down on that–it gets loud out there and it could get ugly. The late-afternoon start means more apple-picking. Great.
November 12- Minnesota, 1 pm. Two teams trying to get back into the playoffs after each barely missed the postseason in 2016…and both should be in the mix again this fall. Will Teddy Bridgewater be healthy? If not, I’m looking forward to facing Ryan Reynolds-lookalike Sam Bradford. A win? Definitely Maybe. The Vikes should have won here last year…and they’ll likely have a better QB. Deadpool rocked!
November 19- at New Orleans, 1 pm. The pre-Thanksgiving Sunday game gets them home by 8 Sunday night…unlike last year when they were supremely hosed by the league. The Superome features no D whatsoever by the home team…and Drew Brees is a year older. I’ll take it. Brees can still pick apart most defenses…and the Skins aren’t like most defenses. They’re likely going to be worse.
November 23- NY Giants, Thursday at 8:30 pm. Who gets this call- Al Michaels or Mike Tirico? Either way, NBC has an NFC East showdown supreme. How did we lose to this team in week 17 last year? Eli’s good for at least two ill-placed interceptions. Break out the pumpkin pie! Thanksgiving Night? Great–after dealing with relatives I don’t want to see I have to head over to Fed Ex Field for a late-night travesty. Thanks for nothing…
November 30- at Dallas, Thursday at 8:30 pm. Finally a Thursday night game where both teams aren’t working on short rest. Why doesn’t the league have its TNF foes be the ones coming off byes? They’d be better rested and prepared. This should be for first place in the NFC East…I can already see Pryor turning the Cowboy secondary inside-out. The Cowboys get consecutive Thursday night games? Further proof the NFL is out to get this team.
December 10- at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 pm. They’re playing this game not at the Coliseum but in a soccer stadium. Anything to get that second team in LA. Rested and refreshed, the perfect way to begin the stretch run. Philip Rivers can still play, and after back to back prime time games against division foes this is prime time for a major letdown. Don’t let the palm trees hit you on the way out…
December 17- Arizona, 1 pm. Another morning body-clock game for a team out west! Although doesn’t Arizona become Mountain Time in the in the winter? I forget. Daylight Saving is such a scam. Skins take advantage of a sleepwalking Cardinals team that’s probably out of contention. Did you see what they did after a slow start last year? If Carson Palmer is healthy…watch out.
December 24- Denver, 1 pm. Odd to see an interconference game this late in the schedule. Sucks for the Broncos to have to fly across the country on Christmas Eve. Another early game against a team from the west? Is this a makeup for last year’s BS? We’ll take it on the way to the playoffs. These are precisely the games the Skins lose late in the year against non-division foes that might be out of the hunt.
December 31- at NY Giants, 1pm/4:25pm/8:30pm. Face it, this game will probably be flexed in some way. Unless it’s like 2013 when probably the worst game ever played ended the Mike Shanahan era. Ringing in the new year with another Division Title banner. Nothing like having a New Year’s hangover on New Year’s Day.