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Quick Snaps: The Redskins 2018 Schedule is...

April 19, 2018
The Washington Redskins 2018 schedule is out and here’s how it looks

Week 1 -Sept. 9-  @ Arizona Cardinals

Week 2 – Sept. 16 – vs. Indianapolis Colts (Home Opener)

Week 3 – Sept. 23. – vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 4 – Bye

Week 5 – Oct. 8 - @ New Orleans Saints (Monday Night Football)

Week 6 – Oct. 14 – vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 7 – Oct. 21 – vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 8 – Oct. 28 – @ New York Giants

Week 9 – Nov. 4 – vs. Atlanta Falcons

Week 10 – Nov. 11 - @ Tampa Bay Bucs

Week 11 – Nov. 18 – vs. Houston Texans

Week 12 -  Nov. 22 - @ Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving)

Week 13 – Dec. 3 - @ Philadelphia Eagles (Monday Night Football)

Week 14 – Dec. 9 – vs. New York Giants

Week 15 – Dec. 16 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 16 – Date/Time TBA – @ Tennessee Titans

Week 17 – Dec. 30 – vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Some “Quick Snaps” thoughts on the Redskins 2018 schedule.

**For a third consecutive year, Thanksgiving will be ruined for players, coaches, staff and media who have to work all day along with traveling to Dallas, instead of being with their families. I don’t travel anymore, as I did for six years, so I’m lucky in a way. However, I feel awful for my friends that have younger children and kids in from college. You must leave on Wednesday and flights are not coming back until Friday morning or afternoon. At that point, it’s right to Redskins Park for a press conference if you are in the media along with more coverage.

Players at least get home Thursday night around midnight ET. Coaches have to work all day on Friday (at the very least) and can’t spend any time with families until late Friday or Saturday.

This is utterly absurd.  Three years in a row for the Redskins? Please.  The NFL can do a lot better than this, but simply they care about one thing. Ratings. The Cowboys and Redskins should generate more buzz than the Cowboys hosting the Los Angeles Chargers, like they did last year.

Not to mention, because of the way AT&T Stadium was built, the glaring sunshine that almost always beams in and on to the playing surface at the time of the day the Thanksgiving Day game is played is a significant problem. It was for the Redskins two years ago and could cost a team in a crucial moment.

**Opening on the road in Arizona is better than having to make a long road trip at the end of the season when your body and mind are more worn down.

**The home opener, even if Andrew Luck is back at quarterback for the Colts, figures to be easier than most home or season openers tend to be. Last year, the Redskins opened up the season with the eventual Super Bowl Champion, Philadelphia Eagles. They lost. As they did on Monday Night Football the year before, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The year before, Washington lost a more than winnable game against a good defense for the Dolphins at FedExField and in Jay Gruden’s first season, the Redskins were man-handled on the road in Houston.

Overall, the Redskins are (0-4) in season openers under Jay Gruden, losing the last three at FedExField. They’re (1-3) in home openers under Gruden.

***The bye week comes very early (week four) after it came in week five last year. Most fans and pundits don’t like such an early bye and neither do I. Ideally, I would prefer week six or seven, because you have to factor in the six weeks of training camp and four preseason games as well that lead into the regular season.

***The worst stretch of the year appears to be starting on a short week for Thanksgiving in Dallas after a home game with Houston the previous Sunday. Washington then has an extra few days to prepare for a road Monday Night Football showdown in Philadelphia, followed by short week home game and a third NFC East matchup in a row and the New York Giants at FedExField.

**One last one for the road, back-to-back road games in Jacksonville and Tennessee in weeks 15 & 16 will not be easy. At least the Redskins will be home for Christmas. The NFL has yet to determine what day and time that game will be played. Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington explained the process here. 

**Per NFLTradeRumors.com, the Redskins schedule is ranked fifth-hardest in the NFL (out of 32). Their Super Bowl odds are +6600 according to Bovada Las Vegas. Only four teams have worse odds. The Jets, Dolphins, Bengals and the Bears are have higher opening odds. Several teams, including the Redskins week one opponent (Arizona) have the same chances at +6600, a group that also includes the Browns. The winless (last year) Cleveland Browns. 

The website also offers a number called "Average Opponents Super Bowl Odds," which has the Redskins playing a 14.65 schedule. The metric is defined as the Redskins would essentially be playing the 14th best team over the course of the season. Whatever all that means is what it means. Washington better take advantage in weeks one and two. 

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, Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade for Monumental Sports Network (www.DCHotRead.com).  Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN   


 


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