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The Washington Redskins will open the 2019 season facing four playoff teams in their first five games.

The reward for hanging on during that stretch is eight consecutive games against teams that didn’t reach the postseason last year, a construction that could be to their benefit if the Redskins are breaking in a new quarterback.

Washington was mostly shunned when it comes to prime time games, receiving a Thursday night reunion with former quarterback Kirk Cousins in Minnesota, and an early Monday night date against the Chicago Bears.

The Redskins will finish their season, as is customary, with a divisional swing. They’ll host the Eagles and Giants before wrapping up the season in Dallas, ensuring that at least one of those three games will have playoff implications for at least one of the participants.

A full schedule analysis is tough to do without knowing the Redskins’ starter at quarterback, a position that remains unsettled entering next week’s draft. The Redskins have brought in each

of the draft’s top quarterbacks except Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, who is likely to be off the board by the time Washington selects at No. 15.

The Redskins might also trade the pick, or other selections, for Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen. The Cardinals have the No. 1 overall selection and have been connected to Murray.

Washington’s schedule brings a handful of marquee opponents to FedEx Field, including the Bears and Patriots. Recent seasons have shown that to be a double-edged sword, though, as those teams’ fans have taken over the stadium and created a home-field atmosphere for the visiting team.

The Redskins will get their bye in Week 10, following a road game at Buffalo and before a homestand against the New York Jets and Detroit Lions.

Washington will renew its regional rivalry against the Carolina Panthers in Week 13 in Charlotte, N.C., a series where the Panthers had enjoyed a five-game winning streak until it was snapped by the Redskins last year.

Redskins schedule

Date Opponent Time

Sept. 8 at Philadelphia 1 p.m.

Sept. 15 vs. Dallas 1

Sept. 23 vs. Chicago 8:15

Sept. 29 at N.Y. Giants 1

Oct. 6 vs. New England 1

Oct. 13 at Miami 1

Oct. 20 vs. San Francisco 1

Oct. 24 at Minnesota 8:20

Nov. 3 at Buffalo 1

Nov. 17 vs. N.Y. Jets 1

Nov. 24 vs. Detroit 1

Dec. 1 at Carolina 1

Dec. 8 at Green Bay 1

Dec. 15 vs. Philadelphia 1

Dec. 22 vs. New York Giants 1

Dec. 29 at Dallas TBD

Page C7: Complete NFL schedule

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