There was not much complaining at Redskin Park yesterday when the 1979 National Football League schedule was announced. The Redskins' schedule is rather rugged, but everyone knew it was coming.
Opponents and sites for each NFL team are predetermined by each team's finish the prior season. The 1979 dates and times, however, were not released until yesterday.
"It's a tough schedule but with the new formula, it means everyone should be playing comparable competition," Coach Jack Pardee said.
The Redskins open at home Sept. 2 against the Houston Oilers and play five other 1978 playoff teams, including Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh, Nov.4 at Three Rivers Stadium.
"We knew who we were going to play all along, we just didn't know when," Pardee said. "Houston is tough for an opener, but if we pull off a good one, it'll really helps us."
The Redskins don't meet Dallas Cowboys until the 12th game of the season, Nov. 18 at RFK. They also meet the Super Bowl runners-up in the last regular-season game, Dec. 16 at Texas Stadium.
"That's a little unusual, to have both Cowboy games so late in the season," Pardee said. "We've always seemed to play pretty well against them early. We'll just have to see what happens."
The only real complaint Pardee had with the schedule is that the sRedskins play the Eagles twice in three weeks, Oct. 7 at RFK stadium and Oct. 21 in Philadeplhia.
"I don't like playing anybody twice with only one week in between," he said.
The redskins will play only one Monday night game this season, Sept. 17 against the Giants at RFK. The Redskins are 7-0 on Monday night games than Washington.
The NFL season will open Sept. 1, its earliest start ever, with a Saturday night game in Tampa Bay between the Buccaneers and Detroit Lions.
The steelers make their debut Sept. 3 in the season's first Monday night game against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Mass.
Washington, which has won nine of its past 11 openers, beat New England to begin its 1978 season and went on th win six in a row before losing eight of 10, including the final five.
The redskins will play their usual NFC East Division opponents-Dallas, St. Louis, New York Giants and Philadelphia-twice. Outside their division, in addition to last year's playoff teams, Houston, Pittsburgh and Atlanta, they will play Cleveland, Detroit, New Orleans, Green Bay and Cincinnati.
The cumulative record of the Redskins' opponents was 97-81-1 last season. The record of their nondivision foes was 67-60-1.
Postseason play begins Dec. 23 with first-round games involving two wildcard teams from each conference.
The winners will join the division champions in the AFC and NFC divisional playoffs Dec. 29 and 30, with the survivors meeting in the AFC and NFC championship games Sunday, Jan. 6, 1980.
Super Bowl 14 will be in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Califf., Jan 20.