Now that the Washington Redskins‘ season has ended, it’s time to start looking forward to their 2013 schedule. Since they won the NFC East this season, they will have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL come September. If case you aren’t aware of how the schedules are determined, here is a breakdown of how they are implemented.
– Each team in the division plays each other twice
– On a yearly rotating basis, each division faces all of the teams in one division of each conference
– Based on where the teams ranked among their division at season’s end, determines two other intra-conference games
With that said, the NFC East will face the NFC North and AFC West divisions next season. The Redskins will also have games against the San Francisco 49ers (NFC West winner) and the Atlanta Falcons (NFC South winner).
The NFC East will always be one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL. We expect the Eagles to be improved from this season, the Giants to be the Giants, and the Cowboys to be hungrier. Washington was 5-1 within the division in 2012, which will give them confidence that they could do the same next season.
Of the opponents that they face next season, five of them are playoff teams. Also only five of the teams on the schedule had losing records this season. It won’t be an easy task to repeat as division champs. The good thing is, I expect the Redskins to be a more complete team next season. Their defense will be healthier, and their offense gets another year of experience while playing alongside one another.
Redskins columnist/Josiah Turner