Later today, the Redskins host the Eagles in the first game of the 2017 season. The wait is over.
It’s been quite an interesting offseason for the burgundy and gold. We should know. We followed it the whole way through. It began with sullen lamenting of Kirk Cousins’ late-game pick against the Giants at the end of 2016. That sorrow gave way to disappointment as Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Chris Baker all left for greener pastures. The Scot McCloughan breakup didn’t make things any better.
It was almost certain that we would look back on this offseason as a loss. But then free agency happened. And the draft happened. And we got a bevy of talented players in the span of weeks. We acquired Terrelle Pryor, possibly the next great wide receiver. We snatched up Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain to beef up the defensive line, and rookie Jonathan Allen will assist them in that pursuit. In fact, he might lead the charge.
And that’s not all. The team also grabbed D.J. Swearinger to fix their safety situation. Since being signed, he has done that and more, earning the title of captain after just his first offseason with the team. And he’s not the last boost to the defense. Zach Brown projects to be just as helpful for the unit.
There have been hiccups. The preseason wasn’t great, and in it, we lost Trent Murphy and Phil Taylor for the season. Su’a Cravens has been mulling over retirement at just 22 years old, and if we’re looking at this from a kid’s perspective, it’ll take some time for him to figure things out.
But the offseason is over. And now, the regular season is due to start in just hours. The Eagles will travel to Landover later today, and in the process, they’ll challenge their NFC East rivals, boasting a better roster and a better chance than 2016. The Redskins won’t be easy to beat. Neither will the Eagles. It will be a very fun game to watch. But not if you don’t know what you’re watching. Below, you’ll find all our pre-game coverage for the event. Read up, so you know everything there is to know about the Redskins’ season opener.
But first, do you need to watch the game? You can tune in to FOX Sports in that region, and if you don’t live on the east coast, don’t worry. NFL Game Pass and FuboTV are readily available for you to use. The game starts at 1:00 PM EST, and Redskins Radio will have you covered if you prefer to go pixel-free.
Riggo’s Rag Pre-Game Coverage
That’s it from me, at least until halftime! Be sure to read up on all of the previously mentioned articles, and follow our Live Game Blog as the game goes along. There, we’ll provide you with timely updates on the game’s action, and we’ll keep you in the loop, as we always do. The wait is over. The next one: Patiently waiting for the Redskins to make the playoffs.