Ranking the games on the Redskins’ 2014 schedule


(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Redskins’ 2014 schedule was released tonight along with the rest of the NFL’s.

Washington landed three prime-time games, which is a lot for a team coming off a 3-13 season. The Redskins will host the Giants on Thursday night in Week 4, host Seattle on Monday night in Week 5 and visit Dallas on Monday night in Week 8. Somewhat surprisingly, neither DeSean Jackson’s return to Philadelphia nor Robert Griffin III’s first regular season showdown against Andrew Luck will be played in prime time. Oh well.

Here’s a week-by-week look at how excited I am for each game on a scale of one to five leopard-print champagne bottles, with one bottle representing ‘Meh’ and five bottles representing ‘CAN’T WAIT!

(For actual analysis, check out Mike Jones’s rundown of Washington’s schedule, and make your predictions for the season here.)

Week 1
Sunday, Sept. 7 at Houston Texans (1 p.m.)

If the Texans draft Johnny Manziel, the season opener becomes a lot more interesting. Otherwise, it’ll be Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick or T.J. Yates under center for Houston.


Week 2
Sunday, Sept. 14 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m.)

Two champagne bottles for the Jaguars’ two-tone helmets.


Week 3
Sunday, Sept. 21 at Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m.)

From a security standpoint, maybe it was a smart idea to schedule Jackson’s return to Philadelphia during the day. They could play this game on a Tuesday morning and it would still be one of the most anticipated games of the season.


Week 4
Thursday, Sept. 25 vs. New York Giants (8:25 p.m.)

I’m not a big fan of Thursday night football, but this game has to be better than the last time Washington and New York squared off.


Week 5
Monday, Oct. 6 vs. Seattle Seahawks (8:30 p.m.)

The defending Super Bowl champs at FedEx for the first time since that dreadful 2013 playoff game. Yes, please.


Week 6
Sunday, Oct. 12 at Arizona Cardinals (4:25 p.m.)

After three pretty excellent weeks, Washington heads to Glendale. Will Andre Roberts get the same reception from Cardinals fans as Jackson is likely to get in Philly?


Week 7
Sunday, Oct. 19 vs. Tennessee Titans (1 p.m.)

I’m sure there are some exciting players on the Titans, I just can’t think of them right now.


Week 8
Monday, Oct. 27 at Dallas Cowboys (8:30 p.m.)

The Redskins and Cowboys meet on Monday night for only the second time since the 2005 Monday Night Miracle.


Week 9
Sunday, Nov. 2 at Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m.)

Washington and Minnesota meet for the fifth straight season. Adrian Peterson alone is worth watching.


Week 10 – BYE

Week 11
Sunday, Nov. 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 p.m.)

The Vikings, the Rams and the Bucs, man. The Redskins always play these guys. Tampa Bay and Washington meet in the preseason, too.


Week 12
Sunday, Nov. 23 at San Francisco 49ers (4:25 p.m.)

Washington gets a good look at San Francisco’s new Levi’s Stadium.


Week 13
Sunday, Nov. 30 at Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m.)

Griffin vs. Luck. It’ll be like Harper vs. Trout all over again.


Week 14
Sunday, Dec. 7 vs. St. Louis Rams (1 p.m.)

If Washington’s out of the playoff race at this point, this Sunday has RedZone Channel written all over it.


Week 15
Sunday, Dec. 14 at New York Giants (1 p.m.)

Again, it can’t be any worse than last year.


Week 16
Saturday, Dec. 20 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (TBD)

A chance for D-Jax to play spoiler against his old friends?


Week 17
Sunday, Dec. 28 vs. Dallas Cowboys (1 p.m.)

Beat Dallas.


5-Bottle Games: at Philadelphia, vs. Seattle, at Dallas, vs. Dallas
4-Bottle Games:
vs. N.Y. Giants, at San Francisco, at Indianapolis, vs. Philadelphia
3-Bottle Games:
at Houston, at Arizona, at Minnesota, at N.Y. Giants
2-Bottle Games:
vs. Jacksonville, vs. St. Louis
1-Bottle Games:
vs. Tennessee, vs. Tampa Bay

Which games are you most looking forward to this season?

Scott on Post Sports Live, discussing the schedule:

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