If the 1985 NFC East title comes down to the final day of the regular season, as it did last year, the St. Louis Cardinals may have an edge over the Washington Redskins this time around.
If the AFC Central is as bad in 1985 as it was in 1984, when only one of four teams finished above .500, the Redskins may have a laugher every couple weeks.
If the Redskins don't start fast, considering they have four home games in the first six weeks of the season, they may fall flat. Their seventh, eighth and ninth games all are on the road.
The scenarios are endless now that the National Football League has given the Redskins -- and every other team -- a chance to look over their 1985 schedule.
For the Redskins, the schedule is a mixed bag. First, the good news. For only the third time in 13 seasons, the Redskins will play the Dallas Cowboys at home late in the season, Nov. 10, to be exact. The teams will open the season at Texas Stadium, Sept. 9, on ABC's "Monday Night Football."
But the Redskins also will close the season on the road, in St. Louis, Saturday, Dec. 21. (This will be the first time since 1969 that the Redskins have opened and ended the season on the road.) Last year, the teams met at RFK Stadium to decide the division title. Washington won, 29-27.
Washington also plays all the AFC Central teams, the most hapless division in the league a year ago.
Now, the semi-bad news. In the middle of the season, the Redskins will play at New York (Giants), at Cleveland, and at Atlanta on consecutive Sundays.Like last year, the Redskins will face three divisional champions (at Chicago, at Pittsburgh, and San Francisco).