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The Redskins’ 3-4 defensive scheme spawned from the system Pittsburgh has used for years, so it will be interesting to see how they mirror each other, as well as how each team’s offense attacks the other. Washington has lost four straight to Pittsburgh, including its only trip to Heinz Field, 16-7, in 2004.

Sun., Nov. 4 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox

The last two Heisman Trophy winners meet in Washington’s final game before the bye week. Cam Newton showed the Redskins how dangerous a dual-threat quarterback can be in the Panthers’ 33-20 victory in Charlotte last October. Newton accounted for 315 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.

Sun., Nov. 18 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox

The Redskins’ back-loaded schedule includes divisional opponents in five of the final seven games. Philadelphia has won three straight against the Redskins dating to Donovan McNabb’s return to Philly in 2010. That includes a 20-13 loss at FedEx Field coming out of last year’s bye.

Thurs., Nov. 22 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:15 p.m., Fox

Griffin takes the national stage during this Thanksgiving Day game. The Redskins have lost all six they’ve ever played against Dallas on Thanksgiving. Washington also has not won in three tries at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys have won six of the last seven in this series.

Mon., Dec. 3 vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

The Redskins have lost their last five games on Monday night as part of a 2-10 run since 2000. They swept the Super Bowl champions last year, though, in two lopsided games. The Redskins like how their receivers match up with New York’s cornerbacks.

Sun., Dec. 9 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS

This media-driven “rivalry” does not carry over the locker room. These teams play in the regular season only once every four years, so for players it pales in comparison to divisional games. The Ravens, AFC finalists twice in the last four years, were a dropped pass from last year’s Super Bowl.

Sun., Dec. 16 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m., Fox

The average high temperature for Cleveland on Dec. 16 is 34 degrees, so weather could be a major factor in this one. The Browns intend to begin the season with rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden, whom they settled for after their attempt to trade up to draft Griffin failed.

Sun., Dec. 23 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox

How hot will Eagles coach Andy Reid’s seat be when the Redskins make this trip? A year after a free-agency spending spree resulted in an 8-8 season, Reid is facing an ultimatum to at least make the playoffs. Receiver DeSean Jackson has six touchdowns in eight career games against Washington.

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