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Pig Pen Podcast: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of 2021 Schedule

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The 2021 schedule for the Washington Football team is out. We’ve looked at it, analyzed it, and thanked the high heavens the Twitter account didn’t announce it with a stupid thread of bad Pop-Tart flavors. Like every schedule, this one has good things, bad things, and ugly things.

The Good: Week 9 bye

The same way there is nothing worse than an early bye week, there’s nothing better than a midseason bye. I’m sure everyone in the facility was on cloud nine when they found out the bye week this year was Week 9.

It’s impossible to adequately predict what exactly will have happened by Week 9. But with that said, it should come at the perfect time for everyone to rest up and get prepared for the second half of the season and a hopeful playoff push.

The Good: The first eight

With the exception of Kansas City, Buffalo, and whatever team Aaron Rodgers is playing on – assuming it’s Green Bay or Denver – every game in the first eight is “winnable.”

Admittedly, I hate attempting to predict wins and losses in the month of May. But I’ll be damned if it’s not realistic to think this team could be 5-3 by the time the bye week comes.

None of the Giants, Falcons, Chargers, Saints and whichever team doesn’t have Rodgers are viewed as contenders entering the season. Washington is expected to take a step forward this season and these games need to be wins if that’s the case.

The Chargers are the best of that bunch, but I’m considering that a revenge game for Chase Young. Los Angeles’ first pick, OL Rashawn Slater, was known as the “Chase Young stopper” leading up to the draft. Absolutely no chance that sits well with Chase Young.

The Bad: Early Thursday game

Thursday night football sucks. Nobody likes it and with the exception of Thanksgiving Day Thursday games aren’t necessary.

Having a Thursday game in Week 2 is going to be a challenge. Adding that it’ll be the first divisional game of the year against the Giants makes it tougher. Certainly not insurmountable, but definitely not ideal.

The Ugly: Five divisional games to end the season

If you’ll allow me to quote Lebron James, “Whoever came up with this s-–– needs to be fired.” Really no more explanation needed here.

Did I miss any? Hit me up with your good, bad and ugly below or on Twitter: @TheDentonDay.

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