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Breaking Down the Redskins Schedule

April 20, 2017
The NFL announced their league wide schedule for the 2017 regular season on Thursday night.

Speaking of Thursday night’s, the Redskins will be prominently featured with a Thanksgiving night game at FedExField, hosting the New York Giants. It’s the first time the Redskins have hosted a Thanksgiving night game in the modern era.

It’s the third time since November 2012 that the Redskins will be playing on Thanksgiving.

The very next Thursday, the Redskins and Cowboys will meet at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on the same “Thursday Night Football” stage.

In other words, instead of playing each other in “Jerry’s World” on Thanksgiving like they did in 2012 and 2016, they’ll both play on Thanksgiving, the Redskins after the Cowboys, both at home and then against each other the following Thursday, in Texas, with normal rest in between.

After the Dallas road Thursday night game, the Redskins travel back to Los Angeles for a second time in the season, but this time to visit the kind of new Los Angeles Chargers. 

So that’s two long road trips in back-to-back weeks with ten days in between games.

From Sunday November 5 th through Sunday December 10 th, the Redskins will travel to Seattle, Dallas and Los Angeles. A total of 11, 500 air miles with the breakdown consisting of 4,560 (LAX), 2,340 (Dallas-Ft. Worth), 4,600 (Seattle-Tacoma).

The rest of the 2017 travel schedule breaks down like this: 

LAX – 4,560 (Rams Week 2)

Kansas City International– 1,846 (Chiefs Week 4, MNF)

Philadelphia International – 270 (Eagles Week 7, MNF)

New Orleans International - 1,910 (Saints, Week 11)

New York (Newark) - 422 (Giants, Week 17)

Per Mileage Calculator, the Redskins will travel 20,508 miles during the regular season. Certainly not terrible but three separate west coast trips is somewhat rare for an east coast based team.  

The Redskins open up by hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on September 10 th. Their first road game is against their former offensive coordinator and new Rams head coach, Sean McVay.

In week three, they’ll host the Oakland Raiders on “Sunday Night Football” which is a non-flexible window, meaning the game and time is locked in.

The Redskins will host the Broncos on Christmas Eve, with kickoff scheduled for 1 PM.

On New Year’s Eve, December 31 st, the Redskins will wrap up the regular season at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey against the Giants to end Jay Gruden’s fourth regular season as head coach.

The entire Redskins schedule looks like this:

Sunday 9/10 – vs. Philadelphia Eagles - 1 PM

Sunday 9/17 – at Los Angeles Rams - 4:25 PM

Sunday 9/24 – vs. Oakland Raiders -  8:30 (SNF)

Monday 10/2 – at Kansas City Chiefs - 8:30 PM (MNF)

BYE – Week 5

Sunday 10/15 – vs. San Francisco 49ers – 1 PM

Monday 10/23 – at Philadelphia Eagles – 8:30 PM

Sunday 10/29 – vs. Dallas Cowboys – 4:25 PM

Sunday 11/5 – at Seattle Seahawks – 4:05 PM

Sunday 11/12 – vs. Minnesota Vikings – 1 PM

Sunday 11/19 – at New Orleans Saints – 1 PM

Thursday 11/23 – vs. New York Giants – 8:30 PM (Thanksgiving)

Thursday 11/30 – at Dallas Cowboys – 8:25 PM

Sunday 12/10 – at Los Angeles Chargers – 4:05 PM

Sunday 12/17 – vs. Arizona Cardinals – 1 PM

Sunday 12/24 – vs. Denver Broncos – 1 PM

Sunday 12/31 -  at New York Giants – 1 PM

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network ( & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN