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Press Release: Redskins 2013 Schedule

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For Immediate Release
April 18, 2013


REDSKINS’ 2013 SCHEDULE FEATURES
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Home opener on Monday Night Football, Shanahan’s return to Denver headline 2013 slate

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The National Football League announced its 2013 regular season schedule tonight, and the Washington Redskins’ schedule features a team-record five national television appearances beginning at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The five prime-time games snap the Redskins’ previous team record of four, previously set in six seasons including most recently in 2008.

The season will be one of many parallels for Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan. This season, Shanahan will face all three of the other professional teams for which he has coached – the Denver Broncos (1984-87, 1989-91, 1995-2008), the Oakland Raiders (1988-89) and the San Francisco 49ers (1992-94). In addition, every opponent Shanahan has faced in the Super Bowl is represented on the 2013 schedule, including the New York Giants (1986 season), Redskins (1987), 49ers (1989), San Diego Chargers (1994), Green Bay Packers (1997) and Atlanta Falcons (1998).

After kicking off the 2013 campaign against the Eagles on Sept. 9, the Redskins hit the road to face the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 15. The Redskins will seek to earn their first win at Lambeau Field since 1988 in a game scheduled to air on FOX at 1 p.m. ET.

The Redskins return home in Week 3 to host the Detroit Lions on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, a game in which Washington will attempt to extend a home winning streak against the Lions that dates back to 1939. A week later, the team will travel to face the Oakland Raiders at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sept. 29 on FOX.

Washington will have a bye in Week 5, marking the second time in three seasons (2011 and 2013) the Redskins will break after four games. After the bye, the Redskins will face the Dallas Cowboys in a nationally-televised road tilt on Oct. 13 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET.

A week later on Oct. 20, the Redskins will host the Chicago Bears at FedExField in a 1 p.m. ET game on FOX. The following week, the Redskins will travel for a 4:25 p.m. ET game against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 27, as FOX will air Shanahan’s return to the city in which he became the fifth head coach in NFL history to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

After facing the San Diego Chargers in a 1 p.m. ET game on CBS on Nov. 3, the Redskins will quickly turn around for a Thursday night game against the Minnesota Vikings at 8:20 p.m. ET on NFL Network on Nov. 7. The Redskins have faced the Vikings in each of Shanahan’s previous three seasons in Washington, including a 38-26 win against Minnesota at FedExField last season.

On Nov. 17, the Redskins will face the Eagles at 1 p.m. ET on FOX and, after a 27-20 road win against the Eagles last season, Washington will seek to earn wins in Philadelphia in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007-08. A week later, the Redskins will host the San Francisco 49ers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Nov. 25 in a battle of reigning division champions. The Monday night game kicks off the Redskins’ first three-game homestand since 2006.

The Redskins will host the New York Giants for an 8:30 p.m. ET game on NBC on Dec. 1 the following week. Washington will attempt to earn its third consecutive home victory against the Giants, whom the Redskins beat in the season opener of the 2011 season and in a 17-16 Monday night win in December 2012. The Redskins conclude the homestand with a 1 p.m. ET game against the Kansas City Chiefs on CBS on Dec. 8.

After traveling to face the Atlanta Falcons at 1 p.m. ET on FOX on Dec. 15, Washington will face divisional opponents in consecutive weeks for the first time all season in Weeks 16 and 17. At 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 22, the Redskins will host the Cowboys in a rematch of the teams’ memorable Week 17 division title fight from a season ago. One week later on Dec. 29, the Redskins will conclude the 2013 regular season against the Giants at MetLife Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLVIII.

NOTES ON THE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Vs. Philadelphia Eagles
• The Redskins open the season against the Eagles on Monday Night Football, marking the first time the Redskins will open a season on Monday night since 2006.
• This will be the 10th time in team history that the Redskins will open the season on Monday Night Football since the program’s inception in 1970.
• This will be the second time in the Shanahan era that the Redskins have opened the season in prime time and the first since a 13-7 home win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in 2010.
• The Redskins are 24-19 in season openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. A win would be Washington's fourth consecutive season-opening win and would represent the first time the Redskins had won four straight openers since 2002-05.
• Head Coach Mike Shanahan holds a 15-4 record in season openers as a head coach. His 15 season-opening victories lead the NFL among active head coaches, and with one more victory, he will tie Tom Landry for most season-opening victories by a head coach since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (16).
• Shanahan is 3-0 in season openers with the Redskins. With a win in the 2013 season opener, Shanahan would become only the second coach in team history to win his first four season openers with the Redskins, joining George Allen, who won his first six season openers from 1971-76.
• The Redskins are 41-34-3 in regular season home games against the Eagles all-time.
@ Green Bay Packers
• The Redskins won the last matchup between the two teams, earning a 16-13 overtime victory against the eventual Super Bowl champion Packers at FedExField on Oct. 10, 2010.
• The Redskins will be playing their first regular season game in Green Bay since Oct. 14, 2007.
• The Redskins are seeking their first road win in Green Bay since defeating the Packers, 20-17, on Oct. 23, 1988.
• Shanahan is 3-3 all-time against the Packers, including a 31-24 victory with the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII.
Vs. Detroit Lions
• Including postseason play, the Redskins have won 21 consecutive home games against the Lions dating back to Nov. 26, 1939. The Redskins are 21-2 all-time at home against the Lions, with their last home loss coming on Oct. 13, 1935 at Fenway Park as the Boston Redskins.
• Including postseason play, the Redskins lead their all-time series against the Lions, 30-12.
• The Redskins will host the Lions at FedExField for the first time since recording a 34-3 victory on Oct. 7, 2007.
• The Redskins have scored 27 or more points in 10 of the 13 last home games held against the Lions.
@ Oakland Raiders
• The Redskins will be playing in Oakland for the first time recording a 34-13 win against the Raiders on Dec. 13, 2009, a game in which then-rookie Brian Orakpo registered a team-record-tying four sacks.
• The Redskins have not lost to the Raiders on the road since Oct. 29, 1989. The teams have only played in California twice in the last 20 years, with the Redskins winning those games during the 1998 and 2009 seasons.
• Shanahan is 21-7 all-time against the Raiders with a 10-4 record in games played in California.
@ Dallas Cowboys
• The Redskins face the Cowboys in Week 6 following a bye week in Week 5. Since bye weeks were instituted in 1990, the Redskins are 12-12 in games following bye weeks. Shanahan is currently 11-6 in games following bye weeks.
• After their Week 6 game against the Cowboys, the Redskins will have faced a division opponent following the bye week in each of Shanahan’s four seasons in Washington. The Redskins faced the Eagles after the bye week every season from 2010-12.
• A win at Cowboys Stadium would give the Redskins consecutive road victories against the Cowboys for the first time since winning three consecutive road games against Dallas across the 1987-89 seasons.
• The meeting between the two teams will be the first since the Redskins defeated the Cowboys last season at home in the season finale, 28-18, to clinch the NFC East title.
• Eleven of the Redskins’ last 12 road games against the Cowboys have been decided by seven points or less.
Vs. Chicago Bears
• The Redskins will attempt to take the lead in their all-time series record against the Bears. Including postseason play, the all-time series between the Redskins and Bears is locked at 23-23-1.
• The Redskins are 12-10-1 record in regular season home games against the Bears.
• The Redskins are currently riding a four-game winning streak against the Bears, including a 17-14 victory in the teams’ last meeting on Oct. 24, 2010. In that game, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall tied an NFL record with four interceptions.
• The Redskins have won 10 of their last 12 games against the Bears since 1989.
• The Redskins will host the Bears at FedExField for the first time since a 24-16 Washington win on Dec. 6, 2007. The Redskins have won six of their last seven home games against the Bears.
@ Denver Broncos
• The Redskins’ trip to Denver will mark Shanahan’s return to the city in which he served as Head Coach from 1995-2008. Shanahan will be facing Denver as a head coach for the first time since Sept. 24, 1989 as coach of the Los Angeles Raiders.
• The game will be the Redskins’ first against the Broncos since recording a 27-17 home victory on Nov. 15, 2009. The Redskins will be seeking its first road win in Denver since earning a 17-10 road win on Nov. 18, 2001.
• Including postseason play, the Redskins and Broncos are 6-6 against one another all-time. The Redskins won their lone postseason game against the Broncos, a 42-10 victory in Super Bowl XXII.
Vs. San Diego Chargers
• The Redskins are 6-3 all-time against the Chargers, including a 4-1 record in games played at home.
• Of the nine games contested between the two teams, the Redskins won the first six games in the series before the Chargers’ current three-game winning streak.
• The Redskins are seeking their first victory against the Chargers since defeating San Diego, 24-20, at FedExField on Dec. 6, 1998.
• Shanahan is 20-11 all-time against San Diego and holds a 13-3 record against the Chargers at home.
@ Minnesota Vikings
• A win would even the Redskins’ all-time record in Thursday games at 7-7. Including a 38-31 win against Dallas on Thanksgiving last season, a win would represent the first time the Redskins had won on Thursdays in consecutive seasons in team history.
• The Redskins and Vikings’ meeting in 2013 will be their fourth in as many seasons. This will mark the first time in history the teams will play regular season games against one another in four consecutive seasons.
• Including postseason games, the Redskins are 6-4 all-time in games played in Minnesota. The Redskins have won five out of the last six games in Minnesota since 1984.
• The game will be the Redskins’ first in Minnesota since defeating the Vikings, 32-21, on Dec. 23, 2007.
• The Redskins hold a 12-10 all-time series edge against the Vikings, including postseason play. The Redskins defeated the Vikings last season, 38-26, on Oct. 14, 2012.
@ Philadelphia Eagles
• Including postseason play, the Redskins are 81-70-5 all-time against the Eagles. The Redskins’ 81 wins against the Eagles all-time are their most against any opponent.
• The Redskins are 39-36-2 in road regular season games against the Eagles.
• After having swept the Eagles last season, a Redskins sweep of the Eagles in 2013 would secure sweeps of Philadelphia in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1982-83 seasons.
• A Redskins win would represent the first time the team had won road games against the Eagles in consecutive seasons since 2007-08.
• Shanahan would become the first Redskins head coach to win in Philadelphia in consecutive years since Joe Gibbs in 1988-89.
Vs. San Francisco 49ers
• The winner will take a series edge in games played in Washington, as the Redskins are currently 7-7 in home games against the 49ers including postseason play.
• A win would be the Redskins’ first against San Francisco since registering a 52-17 home victory on Oct. 23, 2005.
• Shanahan holds a 3-3 record when facing the 49ers, the franchise for which he served as Offensive Coordinator from 1992-94, including the franchise’s Super Bowl-winning team in 1994.
Vs. New York Giants
• With home wins against the Giants in 2011 and 2012, the Redskins are seeking their first three-game home winning streak against the Giants since a four-game winning streak from 1982-85.
• Two of the last three home games between the Redskins and Giants at FedExField have been decided by three points or less.
• The game is the Redskins’ fifth nationally-televised game on the schedule, establishing a new team record for a single season. The Redskins have previously appeared on national television four times in a season on six previous occasions, the last in 2008.
• Including a 17-16 win against the Giants on Monday night last season, the Sunday night game means the Redskins will face the Giants in prime time at home in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.
Vs. Kansas City Chiefs
• The Redskins will be seeking their first win against the Chiefs since earning a 27-12 home victory on Sept. 18, 1983.
• A Redskins win would be the team’s second win against the Chiefs all-time and would snap a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs.
• The game concludes Washington’s first three-game homestand since Weeks 12-14 of the 2006 season.
• Shanahan is 16-15 all-time against the Chiefs, including a 12-3 record in games played at home.
@ Atlanta Falcons
• The Redskins are seeking their first victory against the Falcons since recording a 33-31 road win at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 14, 2003.
• The Redskins are 15-7-1 all-time against the Falcons, including postseason games.
• The Redskins are 5-4-1 all-time in regular season road games against Atlanta.
• Shanahan is 4-3 all-time against Atlanta, including a 34-19 win in Super Bowl XXXIII during his time with the Denver Broncos.
Vs. Dallas Cowboys
• The Redskins swept the Cowboys last season, the team’s first sweep of the Cowboys since 2005. A sweep of the Cowboys in 2013 would represent the first time in team history the Redskins had swept the Cowboys in consecutive seasons.
• Including postseason play, the Redskins’ all-time home record against the Cowboys stands at 28-27.
@ New York Giants
• The Redskins will face the Giants in their season finale for the second time in three seasons (2011 and 2013).
• This matchup between the Redskins and Giants will be the second of the season and the 164th between the teams all-time, including postseason play. The Giants are the Redskins’ most common opponent.
Games on Grass: 12 (vs. PHI, at GB, vs. DET, at OAK, vs. CHI, at DEN, vs. SD, at PHI, vs. SF, vs. NYG, vs. KC, vs. DAL)
Games on Turf: 4 (at DAL, at MIN, at ATL, at NYG)
Games Inside: 2 (at MIN, at ATL)
Games Outside: 14* (vs. PHI, at GB, vs. DET, at OAK, at DAL*, vs. CHI, vs. SD, at PHI, vs. SF, vs. NYG, vs. KC, vs. DAL, at NYG)

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This year's schedule looks absolutely brutal. Our opponents out of the division like San Fran, Denver, Atlanta and Green Bay don't provide too many breaks.

Aside from KC, and possibly Oakland, I don't see too many pansies on the list.
 

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This year's schedule looks absolutely brutal. Our opponents out of the division like San Fran, Denver, Atlanta and Green Bay don't provide too many breaks.

Aside from KC, and possibly Oakland, I don't see too many pansies on the list.
Dallas. ;)
 

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That's brutal. We will be beating some great teams this year, but that's a rough schedule.
 

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This year's schedule looks absolutely brutal. Our opponents out of the division like San Fran, Denver, Atlanta and Green Bay don't provide too many breaks.
Brutal schedule is in our favor.
We have a history of beating the very good teams, and losing to the crappy ones. So bring on the best.
 
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The nfl is so corrupt it's insane. They were reported to be working with the redskins to orient the schedule around griffins return.

Otherwise stated: they wanted the easy match ups against cousins and the hard ones against griffin.

If I was an eagles, giants, or Cowboys fan I'd be livid.

Lions, raiders, eagles, in the first 4 weeks and a bye week 5? That tells me they told the nfl that by week 6 griffin will be ready to start.

What a sham.
 

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Short Version
DATE OPPONENT TIME TV
Mon, Sept. 9 vs. EAGLES 7:10 PM ESPN
Sun, Sept. 15 at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM FOX
Sun, Sept. 22 vs. DETROIT LIONS 1:00 PM FOX
Sun, Sept. 29 at Oakland Raiders 4:25 PM FOX
Sun, Oct. 6 —BYE—
Sun, Oct. 13 at Dallas Cowboys 8:30 PM NBC
Sun, Oct. 20 vs. CHICAGO BEARS 1:00 PM FOX
Sun, Oct. 27 at Denver Broncos 4:25 PM FOX
Sun, Nov. 3 vs. CHARGERS 1:00 PM CBS
Thu, Nov. 7 at Minnesota Vikings 8:20 PM NFLN
Sun, Nov. 17 at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM* FOX
Mon, Nov. 25 vs. 49ERS 8:30 PM ESPN
Sun, Dec. 1 vs. GIANTS 8:30 PM NBC
Sun, Dec. 8 vs. CHIEFS 1:00 PM* CBS
Sun, Dec. 15 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM* FOX
Sun, Dec. 22 vs. DALLAS COWBOYS 1:00 PM* FOX
Sun, Dec. 29 at New York Giants 1:00 PM* FOX

*subject to Flex Scheduling
Thank you. Good grief.

Is it possible to release the schedule without writing a dissertation about each game? I'm pretty sure I can figure out what think about each matchup on my own. It's not freaking rocket surgery.

I don't see that schedule as too brutal. We have some tough games, some not tough games and some division games. The NFC West outside of Denver is not a tough draw.

Pretty standard stuff if you ask me.
 

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Yeah. And seems to me, between never knowing which teams will be on the upswing, and which will underperform, and the fact that strength of opponent seems relatively immaterial when it comes to the Redskins chances of winning a given game, I'm not worried about the schedule.

Bring it on 2013!
 

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Green Bay, San Fran, Atlanta, Denver and Chicago isn't brutal?

When have we ever faced so many tough teams outside of the division? I'd venture a guess that's it been at least ten years.
 

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The Bears are not the Bears of the mid-2000s; they're older with a much crappier OL. Last time we played them, D. Hall victimized Cutler with 4 INTs. They just massively overpaid Bushrod to be the solution at OT, but he isn't that good; definitely not worth what they paid for him. Bears are not good.

Green Bay, San Fran, Atlanta & Denver however - ROUGH.
 

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Green Bay, San Fran, Atlanta, Denver and Chicago isn't brutal?

When have we ever faced so many tough teams outside of the division? I'd venture a guess that's it been at least ten years.
Probably not since the last time we won the division, I'm guessing.
 

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Our schedule is the same as the giants, eagles, and Cowboys minus two games designated by division ranking. I'm excited to jot be playing basement dwellers every year as those two games.
 

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Yeah, this is a season where teams will be looking at us, thinking it's going to be a tough game. The only game that has me concerned is the Lions' game. They have never won in DC...is this the year?
 

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I don't think we're that type of team anymore, but I certainly understand that concern :)
 

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Green Bay, San Fran, Atlanta, Denver and Chicago isn't brutal?

When have we ever faced so many tough teams outside of the division? I'd venture a guess that's it been at least ten years.
We have the same exact schedule as Dallas, Philly and NY every year with the exception of 2 games. Difference this year is, we're playing 2 first place teams (SF, Atl) instead of 2 fourth place teams like we usually do.

We (the fans) have got to stop being afraid of other teams. It's the other way around. We are not a pushover on anyone's schedule now. We were 5-1 against the division last year. I say we go at least 4-2.

We had Atlanta beat last year until Griffin got hurt. SF will be tough, but they come to OUR house. KC, Oak, SD and Denver- I expect to win 3 out of the 4.

We get the NFC North- GB will be tough, but it's early in the year in Wisconsin which means no weather, plus we beat them 3 years ago with a not so good team. We've already beaten Minnesota, we get Det and Chicago at home and Det doesn't beat us in DC and we have a 4 game winning streak against the Bears.

That's it. I think Denver and GB will be our toughest road games and SF will be our toughest home game.

Teams fear us for once.
 

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Well said PJ! How many teams (and their fans) are looking at their schedule right now and worried that they have to play us? Probably a lot more than we think.
 

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This is the first year I looked at the schedule and didn't care specifically about the opponents or the ordering, I have enough confidence in the team that doesn't matter to me anymore.

This year I strictly looked at home games and said 'Oh, cool, I'll get to see <insert player name> this year'

Quite a different feeling...
 

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Well said PJ! How many teams (and their fans) are looking at their schedule right now and worried that they have to play us? Probably a lot more than we think.
Its about GD time. :smile2:
 

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The nfl is so corrupt it's insane. They were reported to be working with the redskins to orient the schedule around griffins return.

Otherwise stated: they wanted the easy match ups against cousins and the hard ones against griffin.

If I was an eagles, giants, or Cowboys fan I'd be livid.

Lions, raiders, eagles, in the first 4 weeks and a bye week 5? That tells me they told the nfl that by week 6 griffin will be ready to start.

What a sham.
Should we really be upset about this ?

An easier schedule, if and while RG3 is recovering, is in our favor.
 

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