Three Prime-time Games Highlight Redskins' 2014 Schedule

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Harvey Valentine

The Washington Redskins, coming off a 3-13 season during which they lost their last eight games, will be featured in at least three prime-time games in 2014, against Super Bowl champion Seattle as well as NFC East division foes New York and Dallas.

Surprisingly, neither Washington game against Philadelphia, former home of free-agent signee DeSean Jackson, was placed in prime time.

New head coach Jay Gruden will make his debut in Houston and face Jacksonville during Week Two for his first game at FedEx Field.

The Redskins, who will play the NFC West and AFC South divisions, have the 17th-hardest schedule in the NFL, despite finishing fourth in 2013. 

Here is the 2014 Redskins regular-season schedule.

Sept. 7 -- at Houston Texans, 1 p.m., Fox

The Redskins were given a strong opportunity to come out of the gate 2-0. They will open on the road, but against a Texans team that went 2-14 in 2013 and finished tied for 24th in points allowed (26.8). The Redskins have won three of their last four openers.

Sept. 14 -- Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., CBS

The Jaguars won four games last year, had the worst point differential (-202) in the league and finished second to last in offensive yards per game (293.8). The Sept. 14 matchup will be Jacksonville’s first visit to FedEx Field since 2006. This could be a trap game if the Redskins look ahead to Week Three. The Redskins have lost their last two home openers.

Sept. 21 -- at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox

Not in prime time, but Jackson will get an early shot against his former team. The Redskins will be looking to end a six-game losing streak against the Eagles. Washington is 40-37-2 all time in Philadelphia. This will be a tough early test for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett as he works under Gruden instead of Mike Shanahan.

Sept. 25 (Thursday) -- New York Giants, 8:25 p.m., CBS

The Redskins will have a short recovery time after their Week Three game, hosting the Giants and their revamped offense on three days' rest. The Redskins have gone 4-2 during Thursday games not played on Thanksgiving, and the Giants will be coming off a home game against the Texans.

Oct. 6 (Monday) -- Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

This will be the second straight prime-time affair the Redskins will host. The Super Bowl XLVIII champion Seattle Seahawks will make their first appearance at FedEx Field since their Jan. 6, 2013, playoff win, during which Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III injured his knee. This matchup will feature the Redskins' loaded offense versus the 2013 season’s top-ranked defense. Washington has won six straight against Seattle during the regular season. 

Oct. 12 -- at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m., Fox

This will be a short week and a long trip as the Redskins travel to play a former divisional foe in the Cardinals, who missed the 2013 playoffs despite a 10-6 record. Washington wide receiver Andre Roberts will face his former team. The Redskins have won eight straight against Arizona.

Oct. 19 -- Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., CBS

This will be the teams' first meeting since 2010, and the Titans' first visit to FedEx Field since 2006. For Tennessee, this game will come between home games against divisional foes. The Redskins have a 5-6 all-time record against the Titans' franchise.

Oct. 27 (Monday) -- at Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

This will be a prime-time game at AT&T Stadium, and the 16th Monday night game between the teams. Defensive end Jason Hatcher, who signed with Washington this offseason after eight seasons with Dallas, will return to chase former teammate and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Nov. 2 -- at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., Fox

One of the Redskins' rewards for finishing last in their division in 2013 is that the Vikings, who finished last in the NFC North, will be playing outdoors at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while their new stadium is completed. These two teams are meeting for the fifth straight season. The Redskins' November 2013 loss at the Metrodome kicked off an eight-game losing streak to end the season.

Nov. 9 -- BYE

Nov. 16 -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox

The other reward for finishing last in the NFC East is a matchup against the Buccaneers, who finished last in the NFC South. Gruden will oppose one of his former employers, and the Redskins' defense will take on the offense ranked last in total yards in 2013.

Nov. 23 -- at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m., Fox

A two-game road swing will begin against San Francisco. Technically, the game will be in Santa Clara, Calif., because the 49ers are expected to be in their new stadium. The Redskins haven't beaten the 49ers since 2005.

Nov. 30 -- at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m., CBS

The top two picks from the 2012 NFL Draft, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck and Griffin, will meet for the first time during the regular season. Luck went to his second straight Pro Bowl in January, and led the Colts to the AFC Divisional Round with a comeback win against Kansas City.

Dec. 7 -- St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m., Fox

The Redskins will play three of four games at home during the final month of the season. If you're sick of seeing the Rams, it may be because they've played Washington seven times since 2005.

Dec. 14 -- at New York Giants, 1 p.m., Fox

It's unlikely that any of the NFC East teams will run away with the division, and the Redskins could be in a position to control their fate with a trio of games within the division to end the season. The first will be in cold, windy North Jersey. The Redskins last won a road game against the Giants in December 2011.

Dec. 20 (Saturday) -- Philadelphia Eagles, 4:30 p.m., TBD

In 2012, the Redskins closed the season with wins against the Eagles and Cowboys en route to the playoffs. The Redskins are 41-35-3 all time during regular-season home games against the Eagles.

Dec. 28 -- Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m., Fox

The Redskins have won three straight season finales against the Cowboys, including victories in 2002, 2007 and 2012, but lost at home to Dallas during Week 16 in December 2013.

POSTSEASON

Jan. 3/4 -- NFL Wild Card Weekend

Jan. 10/11 -- NFL Divisional Weekend

Sunday, Jan. 18 -- NFC Championship Game, AFC Championship Game

Sunday, Jan. 25 -- NFL Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.)

Sunday, Feb. 1 -- Super Bowl XLIX (University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.)

ROBERT GRIFFIN III TO SERVE AS PACE CAR DRIVER AT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE IN RICHMOND

Richmond International Raceway officials announced April 23 that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III would drive the Official Pace Car for the April 26 Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the raceway.

According to a release from Richmond International Raceway, Griffin will undergo Pace Car training and then lead the field of 43 drivers to the Green Flag.

While there, he'll also catch up with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who played a role in Griffin's getting the assignment, and join former Redskins coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs for a garage tour.

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