Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he gets "wired up" when he gets a chance to play the Dallas Cowboys. (Daniel Kucin Jr./The Washington Informer)
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he gets "wired up" when he gets a chance to play the Dallas Cowboys. (Daniel Kucin Jr./The Washington Informer)

With all of the turmoil and uncertainty going on in the sports world currently, the Washington Redskins provided a glimpse of normalcy as they hosted the 2020 NFL schedule release on May 7.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Burgundy and Gold held its first-ever schedule release party virtually, which was hosted by Larry Michael, “Voice of the Redskins,” and former Redskins Fred Smoot and Brian Mitchell.

Washington kicks off the 2020-2021 campaign the same way they did last season against the Philadelphia Eagles, but will hopefully find themselves in the win column this time around. However, unlike the previous year, this game will be the first home-opener against the Eagles since they faced off at FedExField in 2017.

The game will mark the 31st time the Redskins have opened a season against a division opponent, dating back to 1936 when the franchise was known as the Boston Redskins. Washington has the most all-time wins (86) against the Eagles, which are the most against any opponent.

The Redskins will take a road trip to Arizona against the Cardinals and reigning NFL Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray. Washington is 3-1 in their past four road openers dating back to 2016.

Washington hits the road again in the following week against the Cleveland Browns, where Washington has won their last three meetings (2008, 2012 and 2016), and then welcome home the Baltimore Ravens in the “Battle of the Beltway” on Oct. 4.

“I’m excited about it, it’s a strong division,” Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said about playing against AFC foes this year. “Lamar [Jackson] is obviously the MVP of the league, and he is spectacular.

“I’m not going to lie … I’ll be to be watching him. I won’t be sitting down … I want to see him up-close and personal. Even with the young guy coming from LSU [Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow] … it’s all about competition. It is all about winning the game, but seeing those players succeed as well.”

Washington will face the Browns and Ravens in consecutive games again in 2020 after Washington swept Baltimore and Cleveland in back-to-back weeks in 2012 and 2016.

In Week 4, the Redskins will serve up some home cooking against former offensive coordinator and current Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. The game will represent the teams’ 11th meeting in the past 15 seasons.

The Redskins take on two divisional adversaries in the New York Giants on the road the following week and then return home on Oct. 25 against the Dallas Cowboys and then will enjoy a bye week after that game.

“Our division is so tough, and we’ve got good teams all over the division, so it will be a tough stretch, but it will be a good measuring stick to see where we are as a team, said Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. There are no slouches on our schedule, that’s for sure.”

Following the bye week, Washington takes on the Giants once again, and then they hit the road to play the Detroit Lions.

However, one of the most intriguing games on the slate will be on Nov. 22 when Redskins fans will have the opportunity to see Chase Young, the No. 2 pick of the 2020 draft, face off against the Cincinnati Bengals and top pick Burrow at home.

Washington will ship off to Dallas on Thanksgiving Day to play the Cowboys that should be a treat for all during the holiday season. The Redskins will attempt to snap a three-game road losing streak against the Cowboys and earn their first victory at AT&T Stadium since a 34-23 win on Jan. 3, 2016.

“It’ll be good to get a win at Cowboys Stadium, Jerry World,” Peterson said. “I’m wired up when I play the Cowboys.”

Washington will also look to snap a six-game losing streak against the Pittsburgh Steelers the following week and earn their first victory against Pittsburgh since 1991.

The Redskins’ next matchup will be against the San Francisco 49ers, the first time that Washington will play against former left tackle Trent Williams since being traded this offseason. Washington will also face yet another former offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl last year as head coach.

The Seattle Seahawks will come to town on Dec. 20 as Washington hopes to extend its dominance over Seattle, having a 7-1 record in regular-season games since 2000.

It should be an exciting game at home the following week as current head coach Ron Rivera will square off against the Carolina Panthers, his former team of nine seasons. During his tenure in Carolina, Rivera earned NFL Coach of the Year honors twice (2013, 2015) and had the highest winning percentage (.546) of any coach in the organization’s history.

To wrap up the regular season in Week 17, Washington will take on the Philadelphia Eagles on the road.

The Redskins will not have any prime-time games this season, and all of its home contests will occur at 1 p.m. EST.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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