- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

ASHBURN, Va. NFC East games will be prime-time affairs for the Washington Redskins.

All three of the Redskins’ home games against their division rivals are scheduled to be played at night in the 2009 season, according to the NFL schedule announced Tuesday.

The Redskins will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night, Oct. 26, then later will welcome the New York Giants (Monday night, Dec. 21) and Dallas Cowboys (Sunday night, Dec. 27) in back-to-back weeks. The Dallas game is subject to the NFL’s flex scheduling rule and could be switched to the afternoon.

“Many of our divisional games are on national television,” coach Jim Zorn said. “With the competitiveness of the NFC East, the NFL wants to give its fans the opportunity to see this division play on a national platform.”

The Redskins’ schedule opens on the road against the Giants for the second straight year. The Sept. 13 game is followed a week later by the home opener against the St. Louis Rams. The regular season concludes Jan. 3 will a road trip to play the San Diego Chargers.

The schedule doesn’t appear very daunting. The combined records of the 13 opponents was 95-112-1 in 2008, and only five of the teams made the playoffs.

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