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Redskins' Schedule Includes 3 Games In Prime Time

The NFL released the complete 2008 schedule on Tuesday and the Redskins now know the opponents they will play each week next season.

Some quick highlights of the Redskins' schedule:

  • The NFL regular season opener features the Redskins at the New York Giants in a nationally televised Week 1 contest at the Meadowlands.
  • Three of the first five games are against NFC East opponents.
  • The Redskins play one Monday Night contest, in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedExField.
  • The bye arrives late in the season, in Week 10.
  • New Redskins head coach Jim Zorn makes his return to Seattle in Week 12.
  • Four of the last six games are on the road, including the Week 17 regular season finale at San Francisco.
    **Date** **Opponent** **Time**
    Sept. 4 @ New York Giants 7 p.m. ET
    Sept. 14 New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. ET
    Sept. 21 Arizona Cardinals 1 p.m. ET
    Sept. 28 @ Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m. ET
    Oct. 5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. ET
    Oct. 12 St. Louis Rams 1 p.m. ET
    Oct. 19 Cleveland Browns 4:15 p.m. ET
    Oct. 26 @ Detroit Lions 1 p.m. ET
    Nov. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m. ET
    Nov. 9 BYE ---
    Nov. 16 Dallas Cowboys 8:15 p.m. ET*
    Nov. 23 @ Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m. ET*
    Nov. 30 New York Giants 1 p.m. ET*
    Dec. 7 @ Baltimore Ravens 1 p.m. ET*
    Dec. 14 @ Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. ET*
    Dec. 21 Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. ET*
    Dec. 28 @ San Francisco 49ers 4:15 p.m. ET*

Subject to flexible scheduling*

In late March, the league announced the Redskins will play the New York Giants on Thursday, Sept. 4 in the 2008 regular-season NFL opener at Giants Stadium. The game will be broadcast on NBC.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, instead of the traditional 8:30 p.m. ET start time, so that the game does not conflict with the Republican National Convention also televised that evening.

The game would feature the Super Bowl XLII champion Giants and a Redskins team that was also a 2007 playoff team and has a new head coach in Zorn.

Last year, the Redskins were 3-3 in NFC East games.

In Week 2, the Redskins open at FedExField against the New Orleans Saints. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET. The Saints were 7-9 last season.

The following week, Washington stays at FedExField and play the Arizona Cardinals. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET. The Redskins defeated the Cardinals 21-19 at FedExField last season.

The Redskins return to NFC East play in Week 4 with a key matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. ET.

The game has significance in that it is the last regular season Redskins-Cowboys game at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys move into a new stadium in 2009.

The Redskins travel to Philadelphia in Week 5 to play the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

In Weeks 6 and 7, the Redskins return to FedExField for consecutive home games against the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns.

Kickoff for the Rams game is 1 p.m. ET. The Rams, 3-13 last season, have not visited FedExField since 2002.

The Cleveland game will kick off at 4:15 p.m. ET. The Browns will make their FedExField regular season debut in the game. The last time the Redskins and Browns played a regular season game in Washington was 1991.

The Redskins head to Detroit's Ford Field in Week 8 for a matchup against the Lions. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET. The Redskins defeated the Lions 34-3 at FedExField last season.

In Week 9, the Redskins play their only Monday Night game of the season when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedExField. Kickoff is 8:30 p.m. ET.

The Steelers will also make their FedExField regular season debut. The last time the Redskins and Steelers played in Washington during the regular season was 1988.

The Redskins' bye is Week 10.

Flexible scheduling kicks in starting in Week 11. That means any game listed at 1 p.m. ET could be moved to the prime time slot on NBC.

In Week 11, the Redskins are in the national spotlight again with a Sunday night matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

In Week 12, the Redskins head west to Seattle to take on the Seahawks at Qwest Field.

It's a rematch of the Redskins-Seahawks Wild Card playoff game last January. The Seahawks won that game 35-14 to eliminate the Redskins from the postseason.

It is sure to be an emotional game for Zorn, who starred at quarterback for the Seahawks from 1976-84 and he served as the team's quarterbacks coach from 2001-07.

In a key NFC East matchup, the Redskins host the New York Giants in Week 13 at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

The Redskins head back out on the road to play the AFC North to open the December stretch of games.

Washington takes on regional rival Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 14. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

It's the Redskins' first-ever regular season visit to Baltimore since the Ravens relocated their in 1996.

In Week 15, the Redskins travel to Cincinnati to play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET. The Redskins have not played in Cincinnati since 1991.

The Redskins' final regular season home game--and final NFC East game--is Week 16 vs. Philadelphia at FedExField. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

The Redskins head west to close out the regular season. In Week 17, Washington takes on the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. ET.

The Redskins played late-season games in San Francisco in 1999 and 2004, winning both times. The 1999 win is notable because the Redskins' 26-20 victory clinched the NFC East and secured a playoff berth.

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