Sun, Sept. 11 vs. New York Giants (4:15 p.m., Fox)
A fitting matchup for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this also is an opportunity for Washington to catch banged-up New York at less than full strength. The Redskins have lost nine of their past 10 against the Giants.
Sun, Sept. 18 vs. Arizona Cardinals (1 p.m., Fox)
RB Tim Hightower gets a shot at the team that traded him in July for a late 2012 pick and a 35-year-old defensive end. This is QB Kevin Kolb’s second start for a Cardinals team he joined in late July, so perhaps the Redskins can take advantage of his relative inexperience.
Mon, Sept. 26 at Dallas Cowboys (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
The Redskins are 2-9 on Monday Night Football over the past 10 seasons, but one of those wins was a heart-stopping comeback at Dallas in 2005, made possible by two long touchdown catches by Santana Moss in the final minutes. Washington split with its archrival last season.
Sun, Oct. 2 at St. Louis Rams (1 p.m., Fox)
Rams QB Sam Bradford took a major step forward as a rookie by beating the Redskins 30-16 in Week 3 last season. Atoning for that loss on short rest is essential for Washington to enter the bye week at least at 2-2 and with any hopes of contending.
Sun, Oct. 16 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m., Fox)
No more Donovan McNabb intrigue here. That’s for Week 16. Instead, there are memories of last year’s nationally televised nightmare: Eagles QB Mike Vick embarrassed Washington at FedEx Field on Monday night, accounting for six touchdowns in a 59-28 rout.
Sun, Oct. 23 at Carolina Panthers (1 p.m., Fox)
The schedule really opens up here. If the Redskins are at least 3-2 at this point with some divisional wins, they can build momentum entering a brutal home stretch. Cam Newton is not as refined as Bradford was last year; no way the Redskins can afford to let a rookie quarterback beat them again.
Sun, Oct. 30 vs. Buffalo Bills at Toronto (4:05 p.m., Fox)
The Redskins catch a bit of a break here. Although Buffalo is only 90 minutes from Toronto, this is an attractive game for Redskins fans to travel to, and thus the Bills’ home-field advantage will be weakened. It’s a homecoming of sorts for FS Oshiomogho Atogwe, who grew up in Windsor, Ontario.
Sun, Nov. 6 vs. San Francisco 49ers (1 p.m., Fox)