The Redskins 2020 opponents have officially been set.— Ryan Fowler (@FowlerRyan1) December 23, 2019
NYG, PHI, DAL, Seahawks, LA Rams, Ravens, Bengals, Panthers.
NYG, PHI, DAL, Cardinals, 49ers, Steelers, Lions, Browns.
The NFL playoffs begin in less than two weeks, starting the final part of the 2019-2020 season. The Washington Redskins will be sitting at home this year for many different reasons (choose your own narrative!). The Redskins are 3-12 and travel to Dallas to play a Cowboys team desperate for a win. They missed the playoffs for the 4th 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 next year, the AFC North and the NFC West. Washington usually gets the Ravens every preseason, but will host Lamar Jackson and company next year.They will also get another shot at Kyle Shanahan's 49ers when they travel to the West Coast.
The NFC East has been historically bad this year. They have a combined 22 wins heading into Week 17, and only one team has 8 wins. The Redskins will likely finish 0-6 in the division, and haven't won a game in the NFC East since Alex Smith was injured last year. The Giants disappointed again. The Cowboys fell apart, and Jerry Jones head looked like it was going to explode yesterday. The Eagles look like they will win the division, and get destroyed in the first round.
The Redskins fired their head coach after going 0-5, and need to fire Bruce Allen who recently celebrated his 100th loss with the team. Washington is on track to have a lot of cap money for free agency, and the 2nd overall pick in next year's draft. What will the 2020 version of the Redskins look like?