REDSKINS 2013: Breaking down the schedule, game by game

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vs. New York Giants

8:30 p.m., NBC

It’s ridiculous that the top two teams in the NFC East don’t play each other until this late in the season. That means the healthiest team in the final month will have a great advantage in the divisional race. The Redskins believe they’re tougher than the Giants, so look for them to pound the run.

Sunday, Dec. 8

vs. Kansas City Chiefs

1 p.m., CBS

What appears now to be a lull in the schedule might not be. New coach Andy Reid is familiar with the Redskins from coaching the past 14 seasons in Philadelphia. He inherited some talent on offense — RB Jamaal Charles, WR Dwayne Bowe — and traded for QB Alex Smith.

Sunday, Dec. 15

at Atlanta Falcons

1 p.m., Fox

This and the 49ers game are the Redskins’ reward for finishing first in the NFC East last season. This might be Washington’s toughest game on paper, if only because Atlanta has gone 34-9 at home since QB Matt Ryan joined the league in 2008.

Sunday, Dec. 22

vs. Dallas Cowboys

1 p.m., Fox

Two divisional games to end the season, and if recent history is a good indication, the title will be decided by these outcomes. How smoothly Dallas returns to a 4-3 defense this season under new coordinator Monte Kiffin will help dictate the temperature of coach Jason Garrett’s seat by this point.

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