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Washington Redskins’ 2014 schedule opens with Texans

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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.

The full 2014 schedule:

Week 1: Redskins at Texans

Date: Sunday, Sept. 7

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: Fox

Site: Reliant Stadium, Houston

Regular Season Series: Redskins, 2-1

Last Meeting: Sept. 19, 2010 (Texans, 30-27, OT)

Last Redskins Victory: Sept. 24, 2006 (31-15)

Note: The No. 1 pick in the draft in May will see his first action against the Redskins.

Week 2: Redskins vs. Jaguars

Date: Sunday, Sept. 14

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: CBS

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Regular Season Series: Redskins, 4-1

Last Meeting: Dec. 26, 2010 (Redskins, 20-17, OT)

Last Redskins Victory: Dec. 26, 2010

Note: The Redskins having this home game prevented it from being exiled to London.

Week 3: Redskins at Eagles

Date: Sunday, Sept. 21

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: Fox

Site: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

Regular Season Series: Redskins, 80-72-5

Last Meeting: Nov. 17, 2013 (Eagles, 24-17)

Last Redskins Victory: Nov. 18, 2012 (31-6)

Note: DeSean Jackson's first game against his old team will draw eyeballs.

Week 4: Redskins vs. Giants

Date: Thursday, Sept. 25

Time: 8:20 p.m.

Television: CBS/NFL Network

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Regular Season Series: Giants, 92-64-4

Last Meeting: Dec. 29, 2013 (Giants 20, Redskins 6)

Last Redskins Victory: Dec. 3, 2012 (17-16)

Note: Three of the last four meetings have been won by the Giants.

Week 5: Redskins vs. Seahawks

Date: Monday, Oct. 6

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Television: ESPN

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Regular Season Series: Redskins, 11-4

Last Meeting: Nov. 27, 2011 (Redskins, 23-17)

Last Redskins Victory: Nov. 27, 2011

Note: A 2012 playoff rematch against the defending Super Bowl champs.

Week 6: Redskins at Cardinals

Date: Sunday, Oct. 12

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Television: Fox

Site: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

Regular Season Series: Redskins, 74-44-2

Last Meeting: Sept. 18, 2011 (Redskins, 22-21)

Last Redskins Victory: Sept. 18, 2011 (22-21)

Note: Another receiver reunion as Andre Roberts faces his old team.

Week 7: Redskins vs. Titans

Date: Sunday, Oct. 19

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: CBS

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Regular Season Series: Titans, 6-5

Last Meeting: Nov. 21, 2010 (Redskins, 19-16, OT)

Last Redskins Victory: Nov. 21, 2010

Note: One-time Redskins coaching candidate Ken Whisenhunt comes to town.

Week 8: Redskins at Cowboys

Date: Monday, Oct. 27

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Television: ESPN

Site: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Regular Season Series: Cowboys, 64-40-2

Last Meeting: Dec. 22, 2013 (Cowboys, 24-23)

Last Redskins Victory: Dec. 30, 2012 (28-18)

Note: Defensive end Jason Hatcher signed with the Redskins to remain in the rivalry.

Week 9: Redskins at Vikings

Date: Sunday, Nov. 2

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: Fox

Site: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Regular Season Series: Tied, 9-9

Last Meeting: Nov. 7, 2013 (Vikings, 34-27)

Last Redskins Victory: Oct. 14, 2012 (38-26)

Note: Old Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden faces old Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

Week 10 – Bye

Date: Sunday, Nov. 9

Week 11: Redskins vs. Buccaneers

Date: Sunday, Nov. 16

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: Fox

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Regular Season Series: Tied, 9-9

Last Meeting: Sept. 30, 2012 (Redskins, 24-22)

Last Redskins Victory: Sept. 30, 2012 (24-22)

Note: A significant number of the Redskins' coaches got their start in Tampa Bay.

Week 12: Redskins at 49ers

Date: Sunday, Nov. 23

Time: 4:25 p.m.

Television: CBS

Site: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Regular Season Series: 49ers, 16-9-1

Last Meeting: Nov. 25, 2013 (49ers, 27-6)

Last Redskins Victory: Dec. 26, 1999 (26-20, OT)

Note: Colin Kaepernick got the best of the QB matchup in November.

Week 13: Redskins at Colts

Date: Sunday, Nov. 30

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: Fox

Site: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Regular Season Series: Colts, 19-10

Last Meeting: Oct. 17, 2010 (Colts, 27-24)

Last Redskins Victory: Oct. 27, 2002 (26-21)

Note: Robert Griffin III vs. Andrew Luck has lost some luster over the past two seasons.

Week 14: Redskins vs. Rams

Date: Sunday, Dec. 7

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: Fox

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Regular Season Series: Redskins, 22-10-1

Last Meeting: Sept. 16, 2012 (Rams, 31-28)

Last Redskins Victory: Oct. 2, 2011 (17-10)

Note: Will the No. 2 pick from the Griffin trade make an impact in this game?

Week 15: Redskins at Giants

Date: Sunday, Dec. 14

Time: 1 p.m.

Television: Fox

Site: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Regular Season Series: Giants, 92-64-4

Last Meeting: Dec. 29, 2013 (Giants 20, Redskins 6)

Last Redskins Victory: Dec. 3, 2012 (17-16)

Note: Late matchup will indicate if Eli Manning's career truly is trending down.

Week 16: Redskins vs. Eagles

Date: Saturday, Dec. 20

Time: TBD

Television: NFL Network/CBS

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Regular Season Series: Redskins, 80-72-5 (1-0 in postseason)

Last Meeting: Nov. 17, 2013 (Eagles, 24-17)

Last Redskins Victory: Nov. 18, 2012 (31-6)

Note: The teams' second meeting could be for the NFC East title.

Week 17: Redskins vs. Cowboys

Date: Sunday, Dec. 28

Time: TBD

Television: Fox

Site: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Regular Season Series: Cowboys, 64-40-2

Last Meeting: Dec. 22, 2013 (Cowboys, 24-23)

Last Redskins Victory: Dec. 30, 2012 (28-18)

Note: With the Cowboys frequently in playoff contention, will one team be playing spoiler?

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