The 2017 NFL season blasts off on September 7th on Thursday Night Football with the Kansas City Chiefs at the New England Patriots. Our Washington Redskins 1st game is September 10th at home versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Let us look at the rest of the schedule.
I see no back-to-back home games until week 15. At least this season we will not have 3 straight away games like in 2016. I see that our “Skins” will be on primetime TV 5 times this regular season. They will host the New York Giants on Thursday night – Thanksgiving Day, then the next game will also be a Thursday night game in Texas, playing the Dallas Cowboys. It is unusual to have back-to-back Thursday night games.
Last game, week 17 is an away game versus division rival New York Giants. The schedule has our Redskins traveling to the west coast 3 times. They play the Los Angeles Rams there on September 17 in game 2, at Seattle Seahawks in week 9 on November 5th, and at the Los Angeles Chargers in week 14 on December 10th.
In my opinion, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants have easier schedules than our Washington Redskins. Both the Cowboys and the Giants were in the playoffs last season and they are supposed to have harder schedules than our Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. My opinion is based on strength of team, 2016 wins, losses and other factors.
Our Washington Redskins will give us fans a 3rd winning season in a row. Unless the injury bug bites our team, we should have the tallest wide receivers and tight ends in the NFC. Our Head Coach Jay Gruden will be calling the plays this season, which should mean better red zone efficiency. I believe with a new Offensive Coordinator in Matt Cavanaugh who has spent many hours with quarterback Kirk Cousins, and the input of Assistant Coach Bill Callahan, our Washington Redskins will be a high scoring offense. I also see more run plays and a better balance between the run and pass this season. With the players we have on defense now and those we obtain in the NFL Draft, our Defensive Coordinator Gregg Manusky should be able to have a good defense worthy of the name “Capital Punishment.”
It is up to the 12th man to make Fed Ex Field a hostile place for other teams and help our team have “home field advantage.” HAIL, HTTR
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