Breakdown: The Washington Redskins have a chance to get off to a good start with winnable games in the first two weeks before starting a potentially difficult stretch. They need to generate momentum in those first two games or another tough season could await. The final seven games after the bye week will be interesting as well. Tampa Bay could be a surprise team and that's followed by road trips against NFC heavy weight San Francisco and AFC contender Indianapolis.
It's hard to imagine Seattle taking a big step back and probably not San Francisco or Indianapolis. The Colts play in a bad division and the 49ers have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. So let's assume, barring injury, that all three teams remain among the best.
Week 8: at Dallas, Mon., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.
In Washington's third prime-time game, defensive lineman Jason Hatcher gets his first crack at making his former team regret its decision to let him leave as a free agent. The game also will mark the first of two showdowns between Hall and Dez Bryant, which always proves highly entertaining.
-What's the first thing that most players look for when the schedule comes out? The bye week. It's in Week 10 this year, with nine games before the break and seven games after it. That's right about where the players want it.
He made plays behind the line of scrimmage quite often, a combination of talent, recognition and effort. His hand placement was excellent -- very tight -- and allowed him to consistently shed blocks on plays away from him (and sometimes when at him). On his first snap against Fresno State, he got his hands into the right tackle, shed the block and made a tackle on a swing pass. He's athletic and appears to have long arms, both attributes will help as a pass-rusher.
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