The Redskins are coming off a NFC East title, and while many still seem to think it was a one-year wonder, there’s plenty of reason that the Redskins can repeat and make an even longer playoff run in 2016.
Today we take a look at part of the early Redskins schedule, and examine their first three games, three games that could early on mean a whole lot for this team that is going to try and make an even more serious run at the NFC Title in 2016.
Week One – Monday 9/12 vs Pittsburgh
No doubt nerves will run high in the Redskins opener on Monday Night Football in week one against the high-powered Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season the Steelers nearly beat the Super Bowl Champion Broncos in Denver in the AFC Divisional Playoff game with two backup running backs and without Antonio Brown. They have an offense that can score 40 at anytime, and the Redskins defense better put pressure on Ben Roethlisberger or it could be a long night to start the season.
Week Two – Sunday 9/18 vs Dallas
Six days after they open against the Steelers the Redskins welcome in their rivals in the Dallas Cowboys. Last season they fell to Dallas at home 19-16 in a wild game on December 7th that saw the teams combine for 23 fourth quarter points. This is usually a game that comes down to whatever team makes the less mistakes, and the Redskins have to find a way to produce a couple of big plays and possibly score a TD on defense or special teams to top their rival.
Week Three – Sunday 9/25 at NY Giants
Another key NFC East battle to end the first three games of the 2016 season will see the Redskins play on the road for the first time as they head to New York to play the Giants. Eli Manning and the Giants are always a handful, and the defense has to find a way to keep Manning in check and even more so force a turnover or two in this game. The Redskins run game has to be able to produce, and they can’t allow the Giants to build a lead in a game that usually comes down to the last few minutes.
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