The Washington Redskins are a completely new team entering the 2020 season. Ron Rivera has replaced Jay Gruden as the head coach, Bruce Allen is no longer a part of the franchise and there's a new energy in D.C. It's going to take some work to move on from the 3-13 campaign the Redskins put together last season, but they appear to have a franchise quarterback in Dwayne Haskins. Washington is hoping Haskins can build on the last few performances he put together during his rookie season, but there's a reason Rivera brought his former quarterback in Kyle Allen to D.C. Will the 2020 schedule be favorable for the Redskins or will this rebuild take even more time due to some tough competition? We know the NFC East is looking a bit stronger than it did last season, but how about those matchups outside of the division?
Below, we'll break down Washington's 2020 schedule by week and pinpoint all of the primetime games to keep an eye on. We'll also dive into the Redskins' strength of schedule, what we project as their toughest stretch of games and more. Without further ado, let's dive right into it.
2020 schedule (All times Eastern)
- Week 1: Sept. 13 vs. Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 2: Sept. 20 at Cardinals, 4:05 p.m., Fox
- Week 3: Sept. 27 at Browns, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 4: Oct. 4 vs. Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 5: Oct.11 vs. Rams, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 6: Oct. 18 at Giants, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 7: Oct. 25 vs. Cowboys, 1 p.m., Fox
- BYE WEEK
- Week 9: Nov. 8 vs. Giants, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 10: Nov. 15 at Lions, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 11: Nov. 22 vs. Bengals, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 12: Nov. 26 at Cowboys (Thanksgiving), 4:30 p.m., Fox
- Week 13: Dec. 6 at Steelers, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 14: Dec. 13 at 49ers, 4:25 p.m., Fox
- Week 15: Dec. 20 vs. Seahawks, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 16: Dec. 27 vs. Panthers, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 17: Jan. 3 at Eagles, 1 p.m., Fox
The Redskins' first game played at home in 2020 will come in season opener on Sept. 13 against the Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
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As noted above in the schedule breakdown, the Redskins do not have any prime-time games scheduled in 2020, but do have one nationally televised affair -- against the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving. In 2019, the Redskins played in two prime-time games -- in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears on "Monday Night Football" in Washington, and then in Week 8 against the Vikings on "Thursday Night Football" in Minnesota.
The Redskins have a tough stretch right out of the starting gate. The Eagles swept Washington in 2019, the Cardinals appear to be a team on the rise, the same goes for the Browns, and then Washington has the Ravens and Rams. The Redskins can't afford to get off to a slow start, so they need to come out aggressively right away.
Strength of schedule
Earlier this offseason, John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage in 2019. The Redskins will face the fifth-easiest strength of schedule in 2020. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule, .
However, when basing strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team's opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill, the Redskins go from facing the fifth-easiest schedule in the league to facing the eighth-toughest. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule using this methodology, check out Jared Dubin's full breakdown here.