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Redskins have sixth-easiest NFL schedule

In addition to the regular season schedule, we now know the dates and times of the Washington Redskins’ preseason games. The order and opponents had been announced earlier this month, but the dates and times are new.

The Redskins will open the preseason at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 at Buffalo. The second preseason game will be played in Chicago at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

In the third preseason game – an expected meeting of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III – Washington will host Indianapolis at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25.

The team will then conclude the preseason at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at home against Tampa Bay.

We took a look at the regular season schedule Tuesday night, but here are a few other nuggets:

• The Redskins’ regular season schedule ties for the sixth-easiest, based on their opponents’ combined records. The teams Washington will face in 2012 went a combined 125-131 (.488 winning percentage) in 2011.

• Last season, Washington had the fourth-easiest schedule, facing foes with a combined 121-135 record (.473 winning percentage). The Redskins went 5-11, however.

• Six of the Redskins’ 2012 opponents – New Orleans, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Atlanta and New York – made the playoffs last season.

• The Sept. 23 date of the home opener against Cincinnati is the latest that the Redskins have played their first home game since 2001.

• The Week 7 matchup against the New York Giants is Washington’s earliest NFC East matchup. This is the latest point in the season that Washington has faced its first divisional opponent since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

• The Redskins’ bye falls on Week 10 — the latest for the team since 2008.

• For a third consecutive year, the Redskins will host Philadelphia following the bye week.

• The Eagles game kicks off a three-game NFC East stretch for the Redskins, who have a quick turnaround following the Philly game to play at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day only four days later. Eleven days after the Cowboys game, the Redskins face the Giants on Monday Night Football.

• Back-to-back games against AFC North opponents (Baltimore and Cleveland) follow. The Redskins close out the season with games against the Eagles and Cowboys, which could make for a challenging month of December.

Article source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/post/redskins-have-sixth-easiest-nfl-schedule/2012/04/18/gIQAvGDsQT_blog.html

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