The Washington Redskins will open their 2014 season at the Houston Texans on Sunday, Sept. 7.
That opener kicks off a 17-week, 16-game quest for redemption after last season’s 3-13 debacle that cost coach Mike Shanahan his job.
With Jay Gruden in charge and no lingering questions about Robert Griffin III’s health, the Redskins now know their roadmap to what they hope will be a return to the playoffs after a one-year absence.
The opener could pit the Redskins against the top overall pick in next month’s draft, assuming the Texans don’t trade it away. That could mean an opening date against quarterback Johnny Manziel or pass-rush specialist Jadeveon Clowney.
The first of the Redskins‘ three prime-time games will come in Week 4 when they host the Giants in a Thursday night game on Sept. 26, and they’ll follow it with a Monday night game against the Seahawks in a marquee quarterback matchup between Griffin and Russell Wilson.
They’ll close the season with the traditional run of three straight division opponents, finishing up with the Cowboys at FedEx Field on Dec. 28.