Redskins Schedule

Home games are shaded. Due to flexible scheduling, kickoff times in the latter part of the season are subject to change. Bye: Week 8.

Game Analysis

at New York Giants

Sunday, 4:15 p.m., WTTG-5
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, N.J.
The Redskins face a stiff challenge to open their second season under Coach Jim Zorn. The Giants finished 12-4 last season to win the NFC East, and they swept Washington. WR Plaxico Burress is gone, so itÕs unclear who will be QB Eli ManningÕs top target. Rookie WR Hakeem Nicks looked solid in the preseason. RB Brandon Jacobs anchors a strong running game that includes shifty Ahmad Bradshaw.

St. Louis Rams

Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m., WTTG-5, FedEx Field
The Rams were 2-14 last season, but their first victory came against Washington in Week 6, 19-17. St. Louis is far removed from its heyday as the Greatest Show on Turf and is in rebuilding mode under first-year Coach Steve Spagnuolo. RB Steven Jackson rushed for 269 yards and had 65 receiving yards over the final two games last season and will be the primary focus for the RedskinsÕ defense.

at Detroit Lions

Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m., WTTG-5, Ford Field, Detroit
The Lions were the first team in NFL history to go 0-16, including a 25-17 loss to Washington, and their offseason included hiring Jim Schwartz as coach. The RedskinsÕ most difficult matchup for this game is WR Calvin Johnson, who has earned the nickname Megatron. JohnsonÕs size, speed and quickness are virtually unmatched, and he has posted lofty numbers despite instability around him.

Tampa Bay Bucs

Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m., WTTG-5, FedEx Field
The Buccaneers began last season 9-3 but lost their final four games to miss the playoffs. That December swoon cost former coach Jon Gruden his job. Raheem Morris is the new coach, and he has a a new starting quarterback in Byron Leftwich, who played high school football at H.D. Woodson. The Redskins have lost three consecutive games to Tampa Bay in the regular season.

at Carolina Panthers

Sunday, Oct. 11,
1 p.m., WTTG-5
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
The Panthers finished tied with the Giants for the best record in the NFC last season but lost to Arizona in the conference semifinals. For the second time in three weeks, the Redskins will be facing one of the best wide receivers in the league in Steve Smith, who missed most of the preseason with a shoulder injury. Smith averaged 101.5 receiving yards per game last season to lead the NFL.

Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m., WUSA-9, FedEx Field
For the second time in a month, the Redskins face a team that won two games last season and dismissed Herman Edwards as coach. This year’s Chiefs are significantly different after adding Coach Todd Haley and QB Matt Cassel, who strained a knee ligament in the third game of the preseason. A notable absence is longtime TE Tony Gonzalez, who spent 12 seasons with the team.

Philadelphia Eagles

Monday, Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m., ESPN, FedEx Field
The Redskins swept this series last season even though Philadelphia (9-6-1) advanced to the NFC championship game for the fifth time in the era of Coach Andy Reid and QB Donovan McNabb. The newest twist to this rivalry is QB Michael Vick, whom the Eagles signed to a one-year contract in the preseason. As usual, RB Brian Westbrook presents all kinds of matchup issues for Washington.

at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, Nov. 8,
1 p.m., WTTG-5
Georgia Dome, Atlanta
The Falcons were among the biggest surprises in the league last season behind rookie QB Matt Ryan and first-year Coach Mike Smith. Atlanta finished 11-5 and advanced to the playoffs, helping the franchise distance itself from the Michael Vick dogfighting controversy. Ryan has plenty of options in this offense, including RB Michael Turner, WR Roddy White and newcomer Tony Gonzalez.

Denver Broncos

Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m., WUSA-9, FedEx Field
Gone is Mike Shanahan, who guided the Broncos (8-8) to two Super Bowl titles as their longtime coach. Taking his place is Josh McDaniels, the former offensive coordinator for New England. The quarterback is new as well. Kyle Orton comes over from Chicago after Jay Cutler, who feuded with McDaniels from the start, was traded to the Bears. WR Brandon Marshall could provide matchup problems.

at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, Nov. 22,
1 p.m., WTTG-5
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Tex.
Washington makes its first trip to the new Cowboys Stadium, and P Hunter Smith may have to deal with the hanging scoreboard that created controversy in the preseason when a Tennessee punt hit it during a game. That resulted in a redo once officials figured out what had happened. The league did not force Dallas owner Jerry Jones to change the scoreboard height, but it might for next season.

at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, Nov. 29,
1 p.m., WTTG-5
Lincoln Financial Field,
Longtime Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson passed away in the offseason, but he won’t be the only noticeable absence. Gone too are S Brian Dawkins and MLB Stewart Bradley. Dawkins opted to sign a free agent contract with Denver, and Bradley tore a knee ligament in training camp and is lost for the season. Former defensive assistant Sean McDermott is now in charge of a unit that ranked fifth last season.

New Orleans Saints

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m., WTTG-5, FedEx Field
The Redskins face one of last season’s most prolific offenses. QB Drew Brees led the NFL with 5,069 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also was first in passing yards per game (316.8). Overall the Saints (8-8) ranked first in total offense and points. The Redskins must prevent the big play from RB Reggie Bush, who is among the most dangerous open-field runners in the league.

at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, Dec. 13,
4:05 p.m., WTTG-5
Oakland Coliseum,
Oakland, Calif.
The Raiders finished 5-11 after dealing with a midseason coaching change. Lane Kiffin started the season as coach, went 1-3 and was dimissed amid irreconcilable differences with owner Al Davis. Tom Cable was named interim coach, then hired full time in the offseason. RB Darren McFadden, the fourth pick in the 2008 draft, battled injuries for much of last year but looked impressive this preseason.

New York Giants

Monday, Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m., ESPN, FedEx Field
The Giants’ defense was stout last season despite the loss of two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who missed the entire season with a knee injury. With Umenyiora back, New York’s pass rush should continue as among the league’s best. The Giants ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks, and they’ll try to harass QB Jason Campbell. New York was ninth against the run, yielding 95.8 yards per game.

Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, Dec. 27, 8:20 p.m., WRC-4, FedEx Field
The Cowboys (9-7) are 2-6 in December during the two seasons QB Tony Romo has been the full-time starter. Last season the collapse included a 44-6 loss to Philadelphia in Week 17. The Redskins won’t have to worry about WR Terrell Owens, who was released and signed with the Buffalo Bills. Washington has split the series with Dallas over the past four seasons.

at San Diego Chargers

Sunday, Jan. 3,
4:15 p.m., WTTG-5
Qualcomm Stadium,
San Diego
The Redskins make their second trip to the West Coast in the final four weeks of the season. The Chargers won the AFC West with an 8-8 record, but this season have much higher aspirations. Shawne Merrimann, who played one game last season before reconstructive knee surgery, is back but could face legal trouble. RB LaDainian Tomlinson and TE Antonio Gates also are expected to be healthy.

-- Analysis by Gene Wang

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