|Redskins 2019 Opponents
|New England Patriots
|@ Miami Dolphins
|New York Jets
|@ Buffalo Bills
|@ Green Bay Packers
|@ Minnesota Vikings
|San Francisco 49ers
|@ Carolina Panthers
|@ Dallas Cowboys
|@ Philadelphia Eagles
|New York Giants
|@ New York Giants
The NFL playoffs begin on Saturday, starting the final part of the 2018-2019 season. The Washington Redskins will be sitting at home this year for many different reasons (choose your own narrative!). The Redskins finished with a 7-9 record, and missed the playoffs for the 3rd straight season after winning the division in 2015, and going one and done in the postseason.
NFL schedules are set from year to year due to a rotating schedule, and all the teams are known except for two for years in advance.
The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.
Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:
Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).
The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games).
The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games).
Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
The Redskins play two divisions this year, the NFC North and the AFC East. Washington plays the Packers for the 2nd year in a row when they travel to Green Bay. They will also go up north to play their old friend Kirk Cousins and the Vikings.
The NFC East didn’t turn out the way most people expected it this year. The Redskins finished 2-4 in the division which is not good, and only a 1 game improvement over last year. The Giants disappointed again. The Eagles had an up and down season, but were able to get into the playoffs when Nick Foles took over. The Cowboys somehow managed to rise to the top of the steaming pile that was the NFC East. The Redskins have a lot of work to do to get back to the playoffs next year, and winning in the division has to be their top priority(besides figuring out that whole QB thing).