2019 Washington Redskins regular season schedule
Thursday evening the Washington Redskins regular season schedule was released, along with that of all 32 NFL teams. In looking at the upcoming schedule, there are reasons for optimism as well as reasons for concern.
Statistically speaking, the Redskins have the NFL’s easiest schedule for the upcoming year. Their opponents’ winning percentage is .469, worst in the league. Nine of their seven opponents had losing records last year and seven of those won six games or less.
The first quarter of the season appears to be the most daunting as they face all three divisional opponents as well as the Chicago Bears at home on Monday Night Football. This is to be followed by a week five matchup at home versus the world champion New England Patriots. The Redskins finish up the season with three straight games against their division rivals.
The NFL appears to believe that the 2019 Washington Redskins will be a relatively boring team as only two games are scheduled for prime time, the aforementioned Chicago game in week three and a showdown with Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings in week eight on Thursday Night Football. The remaining 14 games are scheduled to be played at 1:00 P.M. (flex scheduling could change this).
In the upcoming season, for the first time since 2015, the Redskins will not play on Thanksgiving. Another change for the Redskins this year is the timing of their bye week. For the first time in three years, the Redskins have a bye week after the midway point of the season, occurring in week 10.
There are several story lines for the season, outside of the typical divisional rivals. Tom Brady comes to town in week five in what could be his last visit to Fedex Field. In week seven the Redskins welcome former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to Fedex Field. In week 8, in a game that many will have circled on the calendar, the Redskins travel to Minnesota to take on Captain Kirk Cousins and his new team. Of course, our very own Adrian Peterson spent the bulk of his Hall of Fame career in the purple and gold, as well.