Red­skins host Eagles to kick off new sea­son

First Thanks­giv­ing home game on tap

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY NORA PRINCIOTTI

Mark your cal­en­dars: The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins will open the 2017 sea­son at home against the Philadel­phia Eagles on Sun­day, Sept. 10.

The team’s sched­ule, re­leased Thurs­day af­ter sus­pense that only the NFL can whip up for a cal­en­dar, fea­tures five na­tion­ally tele­vised games and re­veals that the Red­skins will have their bye week fairly early — in Week 5.

In Week 12, the Red­skins will host a game on Thanks­giv­ing Day for the first time in team his­tory. Wash­ing­ton will host the New York Giants at FedEx Field on Thurs­day Night Foot­ball and fight to gain in the di­vi­sional stand­ings and for the postgame vic­tory turkey.

The Red­skins will also be on na­tional tele­vi­sion in Week 3 when they host the Oak­land Raiders for Sun­day Night Foot­ball, Week 4 when they play at Kansas City on Mon­day Night Foot­ball, Week 7 at Philadel­phia on Mon­day Night Foot­ball and Week 13 at Dal­las on Thurs­day Night Foot­ball.

Af­ter open­ing against the Eagles, the Red­skins travel to Los Angeles to take on for­mer of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Sean McVay and the Rams in Week 2. They re­turn home to host the Raiders, then go back on the road to Kansas City.

Wash­ing­ton should have a rel­a­tively soft landing out of the bye week with a game against San Fran­cisco in Week 6. They then play a pair of di­vi­sion games, at Philadel­phia and against Dal­las at home be­fore trav­el­ing to Seat­tle.

The Red­skins get a pair of winnable games in Weeks 10 and 11 against the Vik­ings and at New Or­leans, be­fore play­ing on Thanks­giv­ing on a short week and trav­el­ing to Dal­las a week af­ter that.

They then visit the Charg­ers, with Weeks 13 and 14 be­ing the only backto-back road games of the sea­son, then host the Car­di­nals and Bron­cos down the stretch.

Just as they did last sea­son, the Red­skins will close the sea­son play­ing the

Giants, on New Year’s Eve Day in New York. The Red­skins went 8-7-1 last sea­son and just missed the play­offs due to a loss to the Giants in the fi­nal week of the 2016 sea­son.

Pa­tri­ots open reg­u­lar sea­son host­ing Chiefs

One of the spoils of be­ing cham­pion: The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots will kick off the NFL sea­son on Sept. 7 by host­ing the Kansas City Chiefs.

New Eng­land earned that honor with its record come­back to beat Atlanta in the Su­per Bowl. Its open­ing op­po­nent in a Thurs­day night game won the AFC West last sea­son.

The Fal­cons visit Chicago in their first game.

The rest of the open­ing week­end will fea­ture what seems like a yearly oc­cur­rence, with Dal­las host­ing the New York Giants on Sun­day night. They fin­ished 1-2 in the NFC East in 2016.

On Mon­day night, New Or­leans is at Min­nesota, fol­lowed by the Charg­ers, in their first game rep­re­sent­ing Los Angeles since 1960, at Den­ver.

Five games will be held abroad, be­gin­ning with Baltimore vs. Jack­sonville in London on Sept. 24. The next week, Miami hosts New Or­leans. In Week 7, the Rams host the Car­di­nals, fol­lowed the next week by Min­nesota vs. Cleve­land.

New Eng­land is the vis­i­tor against Oak­land at Mex­ico City on Nov. 19.

Thanks­giv­ing’s tra­di­tional games will have Min­nesota at Detroit and the Charg­ers at Dal­las.

Christ­mas week­end will be busy. Two Satur­day matches have In­di­anapo­lis at Baltimore in late af­ter­noon, Min­nesota at Green Bay at night on Dec. 23. Most of the rest of the sched­ule will be played on Dec. 24, with no night game. On Christ­mas Day, Pitts­burgh will go to Hous­ton in a late-af­ter­noon matchup, fol­lowed by Oak­land at Philadel­phia.

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