The NFL released the complete 2009 schedule on Tuesday and the Redskins now know the opponents they will play week-to-week next season.
Some quick highlights of the Redskins' schedule:
- For the second year in a row, the Redskins open the regular season against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.
- The Redskins play two home games on Monday Night Football: Week 7 vs. Philadelphia and Week 15 vs. the Giants.
- The Redskins also play a home game on Sunday Night Football in Week 16 vs. Dallas.
- The bye arrives midseason, in Week 8.
- Four of the final seven games are against NFC East opponents.
- For the second year in a row, the Redskins play consecutive road games at Dallas and at Philadelphia.
- For the second year in a row, the Redskins close out the regular season on the West Coast with a matchup against the San Diego Chargers.
|REDSKINS '09 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE|
|Sunday, Sept. 13||@ New York Giants||4:15 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 20||St. Louis Rams||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||@ Detroit Lions||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 4||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 11||@ Carolina Panthers||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Oct. 18||Kansas City Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Monday, Oct. 26||Philadelphia Eagles||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Sunday, Nov. 1||BYE||---||---|
|Sunday, Nov. 8||@ Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Nov. 15||Denver Broncos||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|Sunday, Nov. 22||@ Dallas Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Nov. 29||@ Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Dec. 6||New Orleans Saints||1 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Sunday, Dec. 13||@ Oakland Raiders||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX|
|Monday, Dec. 21||New York Giants||8:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|Sunday, Dec. 27||Dallas Cowboys||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|Sunday, Jan. 3||@ San Diego Chargers||4:15 p.m. ET||FOX|
The Redskins open the regular season with a trip to North Jersey to face the New York Giants in the regular season opener on Sunday, Sept. 13.
It's scheduled to be the Redskins' last regular season game at Giants Stadium. The Giants move into a new stadium for the 2010 season.
Last year, the Redskins and Giants faced off in the Thursday Night regular season opener at the Meadowlands, with the Giants winning 16-7 before a nationally televised audience.
The Redskins' regular season home opener at FedExField is Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams.
St. Louis upset the Redskins 19-17 at FedExField in 2008. This year, the Rams arrive with a new head coach in former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
In Week 3, the Redskins travel to Detroit to face the Lions at Ford Field.
The Redskins defeated Detroit 25-17 at Ford Field last year. The Lions, 0-16 in 2008, have a new head coach in Jim Schwartz, the former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator.
Washington plays consecutive games against NFC South opponents the new two weeks.
The Redskins host Tampa Bay in Week 4. The Buccaneers, led by new head coach Raheem Morris, come to FedExField for the first time since 2003.
The following week, the Redskins travel to Charlotte, N.C., to play the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.
The Redskins play the first of four AFC West opponents in Week 6 when they host the Kansas City Chiefs.
It's the first time since 2001--and just the second time since 1983--that the Chiefs are scheduled to come to Washington.
Kansas City, 2-14 last in 2008, has a new head coach in Todd Haley, the former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator, not to mention a new quarterback in Matt Cassel.
Washington returns to NFC East play in Week 7 when they host the Philadelphia Eagles in a nationally televised Monday Night Football game.
The Redskins swept the Eagles in two games last year, including a 10-3 win at FedExField.
The Redskins and Eagles have played five prime time games since 2002, with the Eagles owning a 3-2 edge.
Washington's bye comes in Week 8, which should provide a good midseason break for coaches and players.
Following the bye, the Redskins begin a stretch in which they play four of six games on the road.
The Redskins travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons at the Georgia Dome for the first time since 2003.
Atlanta was one of the surprise teams of 2008. Led by rookie quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons earned a playoff berth after an 11-5 campaign.
In Week 10, the Redskins return to FedExField to play the Denver Broncos.
Washington and Denver have been frequent trading partners in recent years, but they have played just once since 2001.
The Broncos, led by first-year head coach Josh McDaniels, make their first visit to Washington since 1998. Cornerback Champ Bailey also makes his first return to Washington since departing the team in 2004.
The next two weeks, the Redskins play back-to-back road games at Dallas and Philadelphia.
The Redskins will make their debut at the Cowboys' new stadium in Week 11, followed by a visit to Lincoln Financial Field to play the Eagles.
Last year, the Redskins played consecutive road games at Dallas and Philadelphia and won both contests. They beat the Cowboys 26-24 at Texas Stadium and defeated the Eagles 23-17 at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Redskins have won three of the last four games in Philadelphia against the Eagles.
Washington begins the December stretch run with a home game against the New Orleans Saints.
Last year, the Redskins rallied to beat the Saints 29-24 at FedExField. In one of the season's memorable moments, Jason Campbell tossed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.
In Week 14, the Redskins travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in the first of two West Coast trips.
The Redskins and Raiders last played in 2005 at FedExField. Since then, the Raiders have had three head coaches. This offseason, they appointed Tom Cable to the position after he served on an interim basis last year.
It's the Redskins' first visit to Oakland Coliseum since 1998.
In what is certain to be a key two-game stretch, the Redskins host the Giants and Cowboys in prime time matchups in late September.
In Week 15, the Redskins return to Monday Night Football as they host the Giants at FedExField.
It's the fourth consecutive year that the Redskins and Giants play in a nationally televised game.
Last year, the Giants defeated the Redskins 23-7 at FedExField and swept the season series.
A week later, the Redskins host the Cowboys at FedExField in the schedule's only Sunday Night matchup.
It's the second consecutive year that the Redskins and Cowboys play a prime time game in Washington. Last year, the Cowboys defeated the Redskins 14-10 at FedExField.
The Redskins have won three of the last four games against the Cowboys at FedExField.
The Redskins' season finale is in San Diego on Jan. 3, 2010. They make their first appearance at Qualcomm Stadium since 2001.
The Chargers are led by former Redskins head coach Norv Turner.
It's the second consecutive year the Redskins finish the season on the West Coast. Last year, the Redskins' season finale was in San Francisco against the 49ers.