Washington Redskins 2019 schedule release, list of opponents, matchups

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: A Washington Redskins helmet is carried by a player before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 21, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 21: A Washington Redskins helmet is carried by a player before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 21, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

The 2019 NFL schedule has been released. Here’s a look at the Redskins’ full schedule, list of opponents, and matchups for the 2019 season.

The NFL is in the process of releasing their 2019 schedule on Wednesday. The last somewhat big pre-draft event will give fans a sneak peek at some of the top matchups their teams will face in 2019.

The Redskins are entering a critical season for Jay Gruden and the coaching staff, yet they enter with questions at quarterback. They could draft a passer in Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft, trade for Josh Rosen, or roll with Case Keenum and Colt McCoy as their starters. Either way, the structure of their semi-difficult schedule could prove to be critical, as they have a lot of solid teams on their schedule.

Of course, the opponents for each team next season were already known. It’s just a matter of how favorable the schedule looks and, of course, when the bye week ends up being. Here are the Redskins’ opponents for 2019.

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers

Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers

As always, there were some early leaks. Here’s a look at what the schedule looks like so far for the Redskins. We will update this throughout the day.

Last updated at 7:15 p.m.

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Week 1: @ Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: vs. Chicago Bears (MNF)
Week 4: @ New York Giants
Week 5: vs. New England Patriots
Week 6: @ Miami Dolphins
Week 7: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 8: @ Minnesota Vikings (TNF)
Week 9: @ Buffalo Bills
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: @ New York Jets
Week 12: vs. Detroit Lions
Week 13: @ Carolina Panthers
Week 14: @ Green Bay Packers
Week 15: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 16: vs. New York Giants
Week 17: @ Dallas Cowboys

Notably, the Week 10 bye is a win for the Redskins. Last year, they had their bye in Week 4, the earliest of any team in the NFL. They paid for it with many injuries down the stretch. With an off week in Week 10, they will have time to get healthy later in the season. That will definitely benefit them if they are in contention for a playoff spot.

Here are some notes about the big games on the schedule.

  • The Redskins face the Eagles in Week 1 this season after not seeing them until Week 13 in 2018. The Eagles have won four straight against the Redskins, and quarterback Carson Wentz is expected to be healthy after enduring ACL and back injuries the last two seasons. He sports a 3-0 record against the ‘Skins in his last three starts against them.
  • Washington will get a difficult matchup against the Patriots in Week 5. The Patriots have made it to the Super Bowl in each of the past three seasons. The teams have met just four times since Bill Belichick became the coach of the Patriots, and the ‘Skins’ last win against them came in 2003 with Patrick Ramsey at quarterback.
  • The Week 3 clash with the Bears will be on Monday Night Football. They also will be taking on the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football on October 24. Those are the two current prime-time games on the slate.
  • Per NFL Update, the Redskins will play the New York Giants twice (as usual): On the road in Week 4, and at home in Week 16. The Redskins split their series with the Giants last year, but in 2019, they’ll hope to sweep, as they did in 2017. This also rules out a Week 4 bye, which is a relief, to say the least.
  • The Redskins home opener comes in Week 2, and it also happens to be a fierce divisional matchup against the defending NFC East champions; the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins have two division games right out of the gate, so it’ll be important for them to start fast.
  • One of the best stretches the Redskins have appears to be from Week 6 to Week 11. They take on the three weaker teams from the AFC East while getting the 49ers and Vikings. They should have a chance to win at least three or four of those games, especially with their Week 10 bye in place before the game against the Jets (the hardest non-Patriots team in the AFC East).
  • Finishing with three divisional games to close the year will give the Redskins a chance to make a run if they are in postseason contention. Conversely, it could capsize them if they play poorly. Hopefully, they will still be in the postseason race when the Eagles come to town in Week 15, as the ‘Skins will have a chance to gain ground if they can put together a streak.

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We’ll see if the Redskins end up being able to take advantage of this schedule, or if it quickly becomes an issue for them with a tough start to the season.