The Redskins’ 2017 schedule was released Thursday and the highlights include five prime-time games, the first home Thanksgiving game in franchise history and no games against the Detroit Lions for a change.
My colleague Mike Jones offers some analysis of Washington’s slate here, but in what is now a yearly tradition, here’s a week-by-week look at how I excited I am for each game on a scale of one to five penalty flags for excessive celebration. One ridiculous flag for mimicking a basketball shot or simulating a bow-and-arrow represents a potential snoozer, while five such flags represent appointment viewing. (Yes, flags are good things here.) Go ahead and fine me, Roger!
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 10 vs. Philadelphia (1 p.m.)
The Redskins open the season at FedEx Field against the Eagles, a team they’ve dominated of late. Washington’s five-game winning streak in the series is its longest against any NFC East rival since the Redskins won six straight games against Philadelphia from 1981 to 1984. This matchup won’t be the same without DeSean Jackson.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 17 at Los Angeles Rams (4:25 p.m.)
Washington catches its former offensive coordinator, Sean McVay, early in his tenure as head coach of the Rams. He’s got his work cut out for him with Jared Goff at QB. If you’re making the trip, please bring back some In-N-Out.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 24 vs. Oakland Raiders (8:30 p.m.)
The Raiders visit Landover for the first time in 12 years and … they’re actually kind of good now? Led by quarterback David Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack, Oakland is coming off its first playoff berth since 2002. The Redskins snapped a seven-game losing streak in prime-time home games last year against the Packers.
Week 4: Monday, Oct. 2 at Kansas City (8:30 p.m.)
“Monday Night Football” and Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking. This wouldn’t be a good week for Kirk Cousins to wear any of the Kansas City gear he’s stockpiled because he likes how it features his initials.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8 — BYE
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 15 vs. San Francisco (1 p.m.)
One flag for new 49ers Coach
Mike Kyle Shanahan’s return to D.C. and two additional flags for Pierre Garcon’s homecoming. If your pregame meal isn’t Paisano’s or SpinFire, you’re doing it wrong.
Week 7: Monday, Oct. 23 at Philadelphia (8:30 p.m.)
The best part of this prime-time division clash on “Monday Night Football”? It’s on the road. I wouldn’t recommend making this trip, as Eagles fans aren’t usually as welcoming to visitors as, say, hockey fans in Toronto, but Washington is an almost unfathomable 1-16 at FedEx Field on Mondays since 1998.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 29 vs. Dallas (4:25 p.m.)
ALL OF THE HINGLE MCCRINGLEBERRY PUMPS for Dallas Week.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 5 at Seattle (4:05 p.m.)
If this were a postseason matchup, it would receive zero flags. Instead, it’s a chance for Washington to prove itself against a solid team in one of the NFL’s coolest stadiums in November.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 12 vs. Minnesota (1 p.m.)
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL and dislocated left knee, may or may not be back under center for the Vikings. Either way, these teams met last year at FedEx Field and the rematch doesn’t do much for me. Maybe the Redskins will remember to cover former Maryland star Stefon Diggs this time.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 19 at New Orleans (1 p.m.)
It’s a homecoming for Fat Rob, who was born in New Orleans and played his college ball at Tulane. Assuming he still has the starting running back role, he deserves all the beignets at Cafe du Monde.
Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 23 vs. New York Giants (8:30 p.m.)
Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman renew their rivalry (do they still have a rivalry?) on Turkey Day, as the Redskins host a game on Thanksgiving for the first time. The late time slot should make coordinating dinner and football a little easier.
Week 13: Thursday, Nov. 30 at Dallas (8:25 p.m.)
The Redskins’ fifth and final prime-time game of the season is at Jerry World, where they won’t have to compete with the darn sun this year.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10 at Los Angeles Chargers (4:25 p.m.)
Another opportunity to get In-N-Out. I’m mildly curious to see how an NFL game will look in a 30,000-seat soccer stadium.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 17 vs. Arizona (1 p.m.)
A rematch of last year’s trip to the desert, which the Cardinals won, 31-23. The Redskins should hope David Johnson is still on Mountain Standard Time for the 1 p.m. kickoff.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24 vs. Denver (1 p.m.)
Will Cousins break out his holiday suit again? Washington looks to put coal in first-year Broncos Coach Vance Joseph’s stocking on Christmas Eve.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31 at New York Giants (1 p.m.)
It’s roughly eight miles from Met Life Stadium to Times Square, so the Redskins should have enough time to get in position for the New Year’s Eve ball drop as long as the game doesn’t go into overtime. Washington owes the Giants for last year’s regular season finale.
5: vs. Dallas, at N.Y. Giants, at Dallas
4: vs. Philadelphia, vs. Oakland, at Philadelphia, at Seattle
3: vs. Kansas City, vs. San Francisco, vs. Arizona, at N.Y. Giants
2: at L.A. Rams, at New Orleans, vs. Denver
1: vs. Minnesota, at L.A. Chargers
Which games are you most looking forward to?