- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2006

The Washington Redskins, coming off their first playoff appearance in six years, open this season with back-to-back nationally televised night games.

In the schedule for the 2006 season that was released yesterday, the Redskins will face the Minnesota Vikings at home on Sept. 11 on “Monday Night Football” in the show’s regular-season debut on ESPN. That contest is followed by a Week 2 game against the Cowboys in Dallas on the night of Sept. 17, a game that will be televised by NBC.

The Redskins also played the Cowboys at night in Dallas in Week 2 last season, a game that produced a stunning, fourth-quarter comeback and a 14-13 victory for Washington.

The Redskins get a bye on Oct. 29, an off week sandwiched between two tough contests. The Redskins face the AFC South champion Colts in Indianapolis on Oct. 22 and the archrival Cowboys at FedEx Field on Nov. 5.

Other highlights of the schedule include:

- the club’s first visit to Houston to play the Texans, a Sept. 24 game that pits them against the team built by former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly.

- a Nov. 19 rematch in Tampa with the Buccaneers, who the Redskins defeated in the first round of the playoffs last season.

- a Nov. 26 home game against the Carolina Panthers, a team that has reached the NFC championship game in two of the past three seasons.

- a Dec. 3 home game against the Atlanta Falcons, a contest that will mark the FedEx Field debut of former Virginia Tech star Michael Vick.

The Redskins yesterday also signed linebacker Chris Clemons, the last of the three restricted free agents tendered by the club, to a one-year, $722,000 contract. Clemons is the front-runner to replace departed weak side starter LaVar Arrington.

The Washington Redskins 2006 schedule

Sept. 11 - Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Sept. 17 - @Dallas, 8:15 p.m.

Sept. 24 - @Houston, 1 p.m..

Oct. 1 - Jacksonville, 4:15 p.m.

Oct. 8 - @N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.

Oct. 15 - Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Oct. 22 - @Indianapolis, 4:15 p.m.

Week 8 - BYE

Nov. 5 - Dallas, 2 p.m.

Nov. 12 - @Philadelphia, 2 p.m.

Nov. 19 - @Tampa Bay, 2 p.m.

Nov. 26 - Carolina, 2 p.m.

Dec. 3 - Atlanta, 2 p.m.

Dec. 10 - Philadelphia, 2 p.m.

Dec. 17 - @New Orleans, 2 p.m.

Dec. 24 - @St. Louis, 2 p.m.

Dec. 30 - N.Y. Giants, 9 p.m.

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