Redskins host Eagles to kick off new season
First Thanksgiving home game on tap
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.