Redskins, Zorn Will Be Tested Early
The Washington Redskins had better be very good, very early under first-year coach Jim Zorn.
Their schedule demands it.
The Redskins will play three NFC East road games in their first five games of the season. After the NFL's season opener against the Giants, the defending Super Bowl champions, at Giants Stadium on Sept. 4, they'll play at Dallas in Week 4 and at Philadelphia in Week 5.
This is about the time that Joe Gibbs, if he hadn't retired from coaching, would be talking about this being the toughest schedule he's ever seen.
The difficult five-game stretch to open the season also includes home games against the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.
Things get easier from there, with the Cowboys coming to town on Nov. 16, the Giants on Nov. 30 and the Eagles on Dec. 21.
But the Redskins' rookie head coach already knew that he'd gotten no favors from the schedule-makers, who cut short Zorn's offseason by having his team play in the Hall of Fame Game to open the preseason and in the opening game of the regular season. Zorn said at the recent league meeting that the challenge had been set and he hoped to be able to meet it.
Now he knows just how challenging it will be, particularly early on.
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