The 2020 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday. Who are the Washington Redskins playing? And when? Stay up to date on the latest rumors with this schedule tracker.
The NFL will officially release its preliminary 2020 schedule on Thursday night. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, this process, usually completed before the NFL Draft, had been put off a bit so that the league could assess the state of the world before committing to anything.
But now, the league has decided to release the schedule. And while the schedule could have some quirks to protect against the potential cancellation of any early-season games, NFL fans will have something to look forward to in the future.
The Washington Redskins are entering a new era under Ron Rivera in 2020. And this year will be about doing one thing: establishing a culture. Rivera will look to get his players to compete, figure out roles for all of the new roster additions and holdovers, and will also look to develop 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, who had a tumultuous rookie year when thrown into action. He improved late in the season, but can he carry over that success in a new system? Only time will tell.
Either way, this will be a building year for the Redskins. They’ll look to improve on a 3-13 record, but they don’t seem to have delusions of being a playoff team. They’re facing some tough competition in 2020 and how the schedule lines up will determine a lot about the team’s ceiling.
Here’s a reminder on the Redskins’ opponents for 2020. And remember, while some teams may look weaker on paper, you simply never know what will happen at the NFL level (In the 2019 schedule release article, I had the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers listed as easier competition).
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions
Of those games, the most intriguing one on paper may be the Redskins-Panthers game, as that could be a bit of a revenge game for Ron Rivera against the team that fired him last season. He harbors no ill will toward the organization or the great city of Charlotte, but beating them and showing that he’s still a strong coach at the NFL level could be a nice pick-me-up in his first season in Washington, especially in front of a home crowd.
Here’s what we know about the 2020 NFL schedule so far. We’ll continue to update this post throughout the day with matchups, news, notes, and thoughts about how things are shaping up for the Redskins.
Washington Redskins official 2020 schedule
Last Updated: 7:40 p.m., Thursday
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Week 1: vs. Eagles
Week 2: @ Cardinals
Week 3: @ Browns
Week 4: vs. Ravens
Week 5: vs. Rams
Week 6: @ Giants
Week 7: vs. Cowboys
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: vs. Giants
Week 10: @ Lions
Week 11: vs. Bengals
Week 12: @ Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
Week 13: @ Steelers
Week 14: @ 49ers
Week 15: vs. Seahawks
Week 16: vs. Panthers
Week 17: @ Eagles
The Redskins are reportedly taking on the Eagles in the 2020 season opener. It will be the third time in the past four seasons that the Redskins and Eagles have squared off in Week 1. The Eagles have won six in a row against the ‘Skins.
In Week 12, the Redskins will take on the Cowboys in a Thanksgiving Day matchup. This will mark the third time in the past five years that the two have met on Thanksgiving and the fourth time overall the the ‘Skins have played a Thanksgiving Day since 2016 (they had a home game vs. the Giants on Thanksgiving in 2017).
Post-bye, the Redskins could have a chance to run up victories on the Giants, Lions, and Bengals. But after that, they have a brutal end to the season with three straight road games, a matchup with the Seahawks, a game against the Panthers, and a road game against the Eagles to close the year out.
Of those teams, the Panthers are the only one the Redskins should realistically beat. But perhaps they’ll surprise us a bit.