Four games to keep an eye on with the Redskins on their bye

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins have the day off, but they'll be watching to see what else goes on across the league. (Toni Sandys / The Washington Post)

Mike Shanahan and the Redskins have the day off, but they’ll be watching to see what else goes on across the league. (Toni Sandys / The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins, as you know, will not play today because this is their bye week.

Most of the players got out of town following Tuesday’s practice and for the last four days have enjoyed some rest and relaxation. Today marks their last day of down time, and tomorrow morning they will report back to Redskins Park and begin preparations for their Oct. 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Redskins and their coaches will have an eye on a number of the games going on today, however.

Here are four matchups to monitor:

Eagles at Giants, 1 p.m.

Both New York and Philadelphia aim to take a step towards rectifying their seasons after poor starts. The Eagles thumped the Redskins in Week 1, but have since lost three straight. The Giants rank last in the NFC East at 0-4. The outcome of this game impacts the Redskins’ standing in the NFC East. Dallas (2-2) leads the downtrodden division while Philadelphia and Washington both sit behind the Cowboys at 1-3.

Saints at Bears – 1 p.m.

If the Eagles-Giants game is too painful to watch, flip over to this one. In another matchup between NFC teams, the unbeaten Saints travel to take on 3-1 Chicago. The Redskins will host the Bears on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Seahawks at Colts – 1 p.m.

The undefeated Seahawks –  a team that the Redskins could eventually face down the road if they can pull off another magical post-bye run – face the 3-1 Colts. It’s a matchup of second-year quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, to whom Robert Griffin III will forever be linked.

Broncos at Cowboys – 4:25 p.m.

The Cowboys have a tall task trying to slow Peyton Manning and his high-powered offense. This could be a blowout. What Cowboys’ areas of weakness will the Broncos expose? On the flip side, the Redskins face Denver on Oct. 27. If the Cowboys have some success, will there be some things Washington can sprinkle into its own game plan for that meeting in Denver?

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

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