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Closer Look At the Redskins' 2011 Schedule

Posted Apr 20, 2011

The Redskins' 2011 schedule has an international flavor. They travel to Toronto to play the Buffalo Bills in their first-ever regular season game played outside the United States.


The Redskins' 2011 regular season schedule features one prime time game and includes an international flavor.

The Redskins open on Sunday, Sept. 11 against the New York Giants at FedExField.

They play one Monday Night Football contest against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium in Week 3 and travel to Toronto to take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 8.

Note that the Redskins' bye comes in Week 5, for games scheduled Oct. 9-10. Also, Weeks 10-15 and Week 17 are subject to flexible scheduling.

A limited number of premium season tickets for Redskins home games are available. For further information, call 301-276-6800.

Here’s an overview of the Redskins’ 2010 regular season schedule:


Week 1: Sept. 11 vs. New York Giants (10-6), 4:15 p.m. ET

For the third time in the last four years, the Redskins take on the Giants in the season opener. This year's game is sure to have a patriotic theme on the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedies in New York and Washington.

The Redskins-Giants rivalry has been one-sided in recent years, with the Giants owning a 9-1 record in the past 10 contests. At FedExField, the Giants have won the past five contests.

Last season, the Giants were 9-4 through 13 weeks but then lost consecutive games to Philadelphia and Green Bay. Those losses ultimately cost the Giants a playoff berth.

The Redskins and Giants closed out the 2010 season at FedExField. The Giants had a 17-7 second-half lead, but Anthony Armstrong caught a 64-yard touchdown pass to narrow the lead. The Giants held on for a 17-14 win.


Week 2: Sept. 18 vs. Arizona Cardinals (5-11), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins currently hold a seven-game regular season winning streak against the Cardinals. Previously, the Cardinals had won three of five contests.

The last time the two clubs played was on Sept. 21, 2008 at FedExField, with the Redskins winning 24-17. Santana Moss caught seven passes for 75 yards including a 17-yard game-winning touchdown. Carlos Rogers’ fourth-quarter interception set up the game-winning score.

The game is a homecoming for Redskins great Russ Grimm, who is now the Cardinals’ assistant head coach. Grimm, a Redskins offensive lineman from 1981-91, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.


Week 3: Sept. 26 @ Dallas Cowboys (6-10), 8:30 p.m. ET (MNF)

The Redskins' first road trip of the season is to Dallas on Monday Night Football. This nationally televised, prime time game comes just over six years after the Redskins' memorable 14-13 comeback win over Dallas on Monday Night Football on Sept. 19, 2005.

A year ago, the Cowboys were thought to be Super Bowl contenders, but instead they struggled to a 6-10 record. Quarterback Tony Romo was sidelined most of the season with an injury.

The Redskins have won just two of their past 15 games in Dallas. This year they make their third visit to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex. They lost both previous games there, 7-6 in 2009 and 33-30 last year.

On Dec. 19, 2010, the Redskins fell behind to the Cowboys 27-7 in the third quarter but quarterback Rex Grossman led a remarkable comeback to tie the game at 30-30. The Cowboys won on a 39-yard field goal by David Buehler with 50 seconds left.


Week 4: Oct. 2 @ St. Louis Rams (7-9), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins and Rams face off for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in the last seven years. It’s the Redskins’ fourth visit to the Edward Jones Dome since 2005.

Last year, the Redskins dropped a 30-16 decision to the Rams on Sept. 26 in St. Louis. Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford earned his first NFL victory, completing 23-of-37 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett served as the interim head coach of the Rams in 2008. He was initially hired as the Rams’ defensive coordinator. Haslett still makes his year-round home in St. Louis.


Week 6: Oct. 16 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins will look to avenge one of the worst losses in franchise history when the Eagles come to Washington.

In front of a Monday Night Football audience, the Eagles pounded the Redskins 59-28 on Nov. 15, 2010 at FedExField. The Eagles jumped out to a 35-0 lead just 16 minutes into the game. Quarterback Michael Vick threw four touchdown passes and rushed for two more.

The Redskins have lost nine of the past 11 games against the Eagles at FedExField.

The Eagles won the NFC East last year but they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers 21-16 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.


Week 7: Oct. 23 @ Carolina Panthers (2-14), 1 p.m. ET

Washington and Carolina have a history of playing close games. Eight of the nine games in the series have been decided by four points or less.

On Oct. 11, 2009, the Redskins lost to the Panthers 20-17 at Bank of America Stadium. Clinton Portis scored two touchdowns but the Panthers came back from a 17-2 second-half deficit to win. The game is notable because it was Chris Samuels’ last game as a Redskin.

Carolina posted a league-worst 2-14 record last year and they have the first overall pick in the April 28-30 NFL Draft. They hired former San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera as their new head coach this offseason.


Week 8: Oct. 30 @ Buffalo Bills (4-12), Toronto, 4:05 p.m. ET

Washington plays the Buffalo Bills in Toronto at the Rogers Centre (formerly known as the Skydome). It's the Redskins' first-ever international regular season game.

The two clubs played in the regular season was Dec. 2, 2007 at FedExField. The Bills won 17-16 in an emotional game that occurred five days after the death of Redskins safety Sean Taylor. Rian Lindell connected on a last-second 36-yeard field goal, giving the Bills the victory.

Since falling to the Redskins 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI, the Bills have won the last five regular season matchups between the two clubs.

Chan Gailey, a long-time coaching associate of Mike Shanahan at Denver, is in his second year as head coach of the Bills. He last coached against Washington as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1998-99.


Week 9: Nov. 6 vs. San Francisco 49ers (6-10), 1 p.m. ET

Washington hosts San Francisco for the first time since Oct. 23, 2005, when the Redskins pummeled the 49ers 52-17. Clinton Portis rushed for three touchdowns and the defense sacked quarterback Alex Smith five times.

The last time the two clubs played was the 2008 season finale in San Francisco. The 49ers won the game 27-24 on a last-second field goal.

Head coach Mike Shanahan has connections to the 49ers organization. He was offensive coordinator for the 49ers from 1992-94, tutoring Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, and helped lead the franchise to a Super Bowl XXIX championship.


Week 10: Nov. 13 @ Miami Dolphins (7-9), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins head to Miami for a regular season game for the first time since Nov. 23, 2003. The Dolphins won 24-23 courtesy of two fourth quarter touchdowns by running back Ricky Williams.

The Redskins and Dolphins last faced off on Sept. 9, 2007 at FedExField in the season opener for both squads. The Redskins won in overtime on a 39-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham.

It’s the first time the Redskins face off against Miami head coach Tony Sparano. Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall, one of the NFL’s most dynamic and productive receivers, was a Mike Shanahan draft pick in 2006.


Week 11: Nov. 20 vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-10), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is renewed the Sunday before Thanksgiving in Washington. The Redskins have won four of the past six contests at FedExField.

Last year, in the season opener for both teams, the Redskins defeated the Cowboys 13-7. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall scooped up a fumble and raced 32 yards for a key touchdown just before halftime.

The game is the FedExField debut for Jason Garrett as Cowboys head coach. Garrett replaced Wade Phillips midseason last year.


Week 12: Nov. 27 @ Seattle Seahawks (7-9), 4:05 p.m. ET

The Redskins and Seahawks were developing a nice rivalry midway through last decade, but it has quieted down in recent years. Following the 2005 and 2007 seasons, the two clubs squared off in the postseason at Qwest Field, with the Seahawks winning both times.

The last time the Washington and Seattle played was on Nov. 23, 2008 at Qwest Field, with the Redskins claiming a 20-17 win. LaRon Landry and Shawn Springs posted second-half interceptions to help secure the win.

It’s the Redskins’ first game against Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, who guided the Seahawks to the NFC West crown despite their 7-9 record.


Week 13: Dec. 4 vs. New York Jets (11-5), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins and Jets play a regular season contest at FedExField for the first time since Sept. 4, 2003. That game was a Thursday night, NFL season opener in which the Redskins won 16-13 on John Hall’s last-second, game-winning field goal.

The last time the two clubs played in the regular season was Nov. 4, 2007, with the Redskins pulling out a 23-20 overtime victory. Shaun Suisham kicked five field goals, including a 46-yard game-winner in overtime, and Clinton Portis rushed for 196 yards, the fifth-most, single-game rushing yards in franchise history.

The game is the first FedExField visit for head coach Rex Ryan, who has led the Jets to the AFC Championship game each of the last two years. Quarterback Mark Sanchez, who the Redskins pursued in the 2009 NFL Draft, also makes his FedExField debut.


Week 14: Dec. 11 vs. New England Patriots (14-2), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins and Patriots play at FedExField in a matchup of two of the game’s best head coaches: Mike Shanahan vs. Bill Belichick. Shanahan (as head coach of the Denver Broncos) holds a 5-3 record against Belichick, including a 27-13 playoff win on Jan. 14, 2006.

The last time Washington played New England at FedExField in the regular season was Sept. 28, 2003. The Redskins won 20-17, with safety Ifeanyi Ohalete intercepting a Tom Brady pass in the final minutes to secure the win. (Following that game, the Patriots would go on to set an NFL record by winning 21 consecutive games.)

New England won the most recent regular season contest in a lopsided affair: 52-7 at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 28, 2007 en route to their 16-0 regular season record. Until that loss, the Redskins had won the previous six regular season games in the series.


Week 15: Dec. 18 @ New York Giants (10-6), 1 p.m. ET

The old Meadowlands Stadium was usually a house of horrors for the Redskins. They did not get off to a strong start at New Meadowlands Stadium, which made its debut last year.

On Dec. 5, 2010, the Redskins lost to the Giants 31-7 behind the running of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, who combined for 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Overall, the Redskins have lost eight of their past 10 road games against the Giants.

Quarterback Eli Manning surpassed 4,000 passing yards and tossed a career-best 31 touchdown passes last year, but he was once again prone to turnovers. He threw 25 interceptions and fumbled five times.


Week 16: Dec. 24 vs. Minnesota Vikings (6-10), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins and Vikings play for the second consecutive season at FedExField. Last year, the Vikings held on for a 17-13 win over the Redskins even though standout running back Adrian Peterson left the game in the first half with an injury.

The Redskins, however, have won eight of the previous 12 matchups between the two franchises, including two playoff games.

Last year’s Redskins-Vikings game was the first for Leslie Frazier as Minnesota’s interim head coach. He had replaced Brad Childress midseason. Frazier was named head coach this offseason.

The Vikings will have a new quarterback in place for the game. Brett Favre retired from the NFL this offseason.


Week 17: Jan. 1, @ Philadelphia Eagles (10-6), 1 p.m. ET

The Redskins close out the regular season against the Eagles for the third time since 2003. It's the first time the Redskins have played on New Year's Day since 2005, when they defeated the Eagles 31-20 in the regular season finale at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Redskins have had surprising success at Lincoln Financial Field in recent years. They have won four of the past six games there, including a 17-12 win last year.

On Oct. 3, 2010, the Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the Eagles, quieting the raucous Philly crowd, and held on for the win. In Donovan McNabb’s return to Philly, he completed just 8-of-19 passes for 125 yards but he tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley.