Niswander’s Notes on the Washington Football Team 2020 schedule
With the NFL announcing the cancelation of the 2020-2021 preseason schedule, Washington football fans will have to wait until the regular season kicks off in September to see live football action again for the burgundy and gold.
Washington’s opponents this season have a combined record of 118-136-2 (46.5%) from last season’s results. The Washington Football Team will be looking to improve upon a 3-13 mark and last place finish in the NFC East with new head coach Ron Rivera at the helm for this season.
Here are some early storylines for Washington fans to get excited about looking ahead at the schedule.
Week 1: Sun. Sept. 13 vs. Eagles: Opening week of the NFL season is always exciting, but it should offer some added excitement this fall given the fact that live sports have just recently begun again in August. With no preseason action, the regular season will be the first NFL action since the Super Bowl in February. This year will mark the third time in the past four seasons that Washington and the Eagles have squared off in Week 1. The Eagles have won six in a row against Washington, so maybe coach Rivera can end the streak and get the burgundy and gold in the win column.
Week 4: Sun. Oct. 4 vs. Ravens: The battle of the beltway provides an intriguing matchup of last year’s Most Valuable Player in Lamar Jackson quarterbacking the Ravens up against what should be a much improved Washington football defense under new coordinator Jack Del Rio. No. 2 overall pick Chase Young will help to anchor one of the deepest defensive lines in the NFL and Washington’s line will be tested against Jackson’s mobility.
Week 11: Sun. Nov. 22 vs. Bengals: Joe Burrow and Chase Young were taken with the top two overall draft picks in the 2020 draft and will get the chance to square off head-to-head at the next level in this Week 11 matchup at FedEx Field.
Week 12: Thurs. Nov. 26 @ Cowboys: This Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Cowboys and the Washington Football Team marks the only non-Sunday game for the D.C. team this season as Washington received no primetime games after an abysmal 3-13 campaign. The matchup will be the third time in the past five years that the two franchises have met on Thanksgiving and the fourth time overall that the burgundy and gold have played on Thanksgiving Day since 2016.
Week 14: Sun. Dec. 13 @ 49ers: Former Washington Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams will suit up against his former team as the burgundy and gold will head out west for a game against former Washington offensive coordinator and Super Bowl runner-up from last year, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Week 16: Sun. Dec. 27 vs. Panthers: Rivera will welcome his former franchise to town as the Washington Football Team will look to close out its home schedule with a victory. The Panthers were one of Washington’s three wins a year ago, which came against Rivera and current projected backup quarterback Kyle Allen.
The Washington Football Team will have some challenging games this season, but fans of the burgundy and gold are hopeful to see improvements in all aspects of the team under new leadership.