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To 2009 -- and Beyond

The NFL officially announced next year's opponents (it isn't a big secret and you guys have been all over it for weeks, but I thought you might want to see how the rest of the division shakes out).

Also, here are some key dates:

The 2009 regular season will open Thursday, Sept. 10, and end end Jan. 3, 2010. The wild-card games will be Jan. 9-10, 2010, with divisional playoff games Jan. 16-17, 2010; and the AFC and NFC Championship Games on Jan. 24, 2010. Super Bowl XLIV is Feb. 7, 2010, at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.

2009 OPPONENTS
NFC EAST


New York Giants
Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

Philadelphia Eagles
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

Dallas Cowboys
Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers
Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs

Washington Redskins
Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs
Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

By Cindy Boren  |  December 29, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

Looks like some good football this year.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 29, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

First?

Tough break playing Atlanta and Carolina on the road while playing the Bucs and 'Aints at home. That seems like an unfair quirk in the scheduling rules as you'd think you'd only have to play one of the top 2 teams on the road and the other at home.

Posted by: StrugglinSkinsFan | December 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe we play the bucs at home....we usually play them in Tampa...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Chargers, Falcons and Panthers away game aint great.

Posted by: Gweez | December 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

driley -- I'm pretty much on board with your view. 2008 had to be about one of two things. Either make a playoff run with a strong group of vets before they are too old, or rebuild.

Example on the playoff push side: they gave up major cap room + 2 picks for Jason Taylor.

Example on the rebuild side, they kept all 10 draft picks.

Mgmt tried to do both, accomplished neither.

Your description of 2008 as a 'lost season' seems very appropriate.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 29, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe we play the bucs at home....we usually play them in Tampa...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Heh first thing I thought and first thing my buddy said when he saw it.

Posted by: Gweez | December 29, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

If you did not already know this would be who we play next year the NFL has a formula thats out and simple, you may be the biggest tard in tardtown. (with no offense meant to people actually mentally disabled)

Posted by: alex35332 | December 29, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

With the right changes, additions, growth from this year's draft class, one could easily predict:

11-5 playoffs

But then again,.....

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

So, from a cap perspective:

Washington, Griffin, Springs, Antwaan Randle El, Philip Daniels, Fred Smoot are likely cap casualties.

To do this they will first have to sign Rogers, Hall, and hopefully a Haynesworth at some point. While drafting to fill the holes in the OL.

Packaging Smoot and Rogers in a trade may be a possibility if Smoot renegotiates his contract.
Then if you have lost Springs you would have to get a 1st round pick somehow to draft yet another corner back.

Posted by: periculum | December 29, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

FYI Zorn got the team colors right at the end of the presser. (See the bog)

Posted by: alex35332 | December 29, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry, fellas, we have the 4TH RANKED DEFENSE!!

We stop teams when we have to stop them. Our 4TH RANKED DEFENSE!! makes all the difference in close games.

4TH RANKED DEFENSE!!! We strike fear in the heart of opponents.

No team in the NFL wants to face this lust for mayhem asemblage that we call, quite simply, the 4TH RANKED DEFENSE!!!

Now where did I put those meds?

Posted by: RedskinWillie | December 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Who said this:

I would be the most selfish person ever to walk this earth if I thought about myself and not my team right now. "It's all about my teammates."

a) Clinton Portis
b) Ray Lewis

Answer:

Did you have to ask? Ray Lewis.
Portis has to beg the coach for 29 carries to get to 1500 yards, and still fell short!

Posted by: dcg4 | December 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Requires tricky maneuvers. Very tricky free agent maneuvers. Draft maneuvers. With lots of potential dead cap space still out there and more to come.

Its at least 3 years away. If they do everything right from top to bottom.

"With the right changes, additions, growth from this year's draft class,"

Posted by: periculum | December 29, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Any way we switch to a 3-4 defense?

Posted by: shanteefamilee | December 29, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Dropped to fifth after meeting Mike Singletary? Didn't it.

Still I think the Eagles may go all the way this year. Making that 10-3 victory and 2 wins this year quite a statement.

"No team in the NFL wants to face this lust for mayhem asemblage that we call, quite simply, the 4TH RANKED DEFENSE!!!"

Posted by: periculum | December 29, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Any way we switch to a 3-4 defense?

Posted by: shanteefamilee
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No shot in heck. That would require a complete overhaul in the front 7, not to mention an overhaul of the defensive staff.

Posted by: psps23 | December 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Only team in the NFL that never has except for the Chicago Bears. Blache comes from Chicago. :)

"Any way we switch to a 3-4 defense?"

Posted by: periculum | December 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I dont see a 3-4. Blanche plays this stack the line thing where we almost look to be in goal line every down.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how we could switch to a 3-4 with only 1 starting caliber LB on the roster who has 1 maybe 2 years left if we are lucky. Blades is to small to start and RockyMac is damaged goods.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | December 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

periculum nails it. The next 3 years will be a series of maneuvers that will need to be executed brilliantly in order for this team to be competitive.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I see a 6-10 record for 2009

Posted by: Skins2 | December 29, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Nice, I'm gonna go see us play @ ATL and @ CAR.

Sweetness!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | December 29, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Blades is more then a backup at this point is kidding themselves.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 29, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Any way we switch to a 3-4 defense?

Posted by: shanteefamilee
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No shot in heck. That would require a complete overhaul in the front 7, not to mention an overhaul of the defensive staff.

Posted by: psps23 | December 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Why because you don't think we have enough stuff to replace that getting a nose tackle and rushing OLB's along with another MLB and an entire new coaching staff on defense is neccesary.

You really angry that those three teams finished ahead of us in yards and points allowed?

Posted by: Gweez | December 29, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse


I can't believe we play the bucs at home....we usually play them in Tampa...Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse Heh first thing I thought and first thing my buddy said when he saw it.

skinz, greg, make that 4. first thing popped in to my head. woohoo skins get tampa at home! i'm sure jasno is happy too.

Posted by: dealer1 | December 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Without a pass rush, we'll get picked apart next season.Brees,Cutler Ryan,Rivers,heck even Russell will shred our defense.

Posted by: shanteefamilee | December 29, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Boring home schedule
TOUGH road schedule

Posted by: Kev29 | December 29, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Without a pass rush, we'll get picked apart next season.Brees,Cutler Ryan,Rivers,heck even Russell will shred our defense.

Posted by: shanteefamilee

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Brees, Warner, Romo, McNabb, and Roethlisberger weren't able to do it this year. What makes you think next year will be so much different?

Posted by: psps23 | December 29, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

?Portis has to beg the coach for 29 carries to get to 1500 yards, and still fell short!

Posted by: dcg4 | December 29, 2008 3:47 PM"

Who in heck said Portis had to "beg" for anything? Get your story straight.

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 29, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 8andeight | December 29, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

you don't get a Rush just because you start playing 3-4 vs 4-3. D is all about execution and player talent. You can play the 1-5-5, 4-2, 3-3-5, 46, 4-3, 3-4 if you have good players it will work no matter what you play. if you have a bunch of wash-ups it does nothing.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 29, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Brees, Warner, Romo, McNabb, and Roethlisberger weren't able to do it this year. What makes you think next year will be so much different?
Posted by: psps23

I saw a guy named Hill complete a game winning drive against us yesterday.

Posted by: shanteefamilee | December 29, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I saw a guy named Hill complete a game winning drive against us yesterday.

Posted by: shanteefamilee

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No defense is perfect. I'll gladly take this season's defensive results next year. If our offense could actually put up an unheard of 20 points per game, this is an 11-12 win team right now.

Posted by: psps23 | December 29, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The Niners also put up the most points against us all year.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 29, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

No defense is perfect. I'll gladly take this season's defensive results next year. If our offense could actually put up an unheard of 20 points per game, this is an 11-12 win team right now.Posted by: psps23


Agreed... but next season our defense is another year older.Will the offense seige the reins of this team or do we continue to rely on the D?

Posted by: shanteefamilee | December 29, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dealer1 | December 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

FIRST!

Beep Beep

Posted by: alex35332 | December 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

We are so far away from even being competitive in this league. I am thankful that we are not the Lions or the Raiders, but we are playing for 6-10 to 9-7 every year. It really gets boring year after year. The absolute best that we can hope for is that we sneak in the playoffs and find a way to pull out a first round win. After that, just pack it in and be thankful. We just can't compete with the big boys, but then again, most can't.

Posted by: NCMatt1 | December 29, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The Saints game in 2009 will mark the return of the player whose release led to the collapse of the 2008 Skins. Leigh Torrence.


Make sure my check is in the mail JLC

Posted by: moseley_brian | December 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

When looking at the 2009 schedule, it is certainly not as difficult as the 2008, but one thing for certain : it certainly is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.

Eg. The Redskins struggled to beat the Saints this year, the bucanneers probably figure to be a tough opponent. The redskins have always struggled against the Bucaneers.

Denver also figures to be a tough opponent as well.

For the away games, Carolina, Atlanta and San Diego ( with LaDamien Tomlison ) are not easy opponents. And then throw in the Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants twice. The Redskins could vary well finish even worse then they did last year.

And then throw in the surprise team: todays doormat can be tomorrows upstart. Don't believe me, then look at the Miami Dolphins.

In summary, the 2009 schedule will pose just as much of a challenge, and possibly more for the Redskins as the 2008 schedule. This is why the Redskins organization had better worry about making the fundamental changes to drastically improve as a team instead of just counting on a easy schedule. The Redskins record at the end of 2009 could be just as bad, or likely worse then 2008.

Posted by: aspencer001 | December 29, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Redskins season just began, lets see how the Danny will throw his millions around this time, well, probably sign all the grandpas with old glory again. Hail to the skins

Posted by: abxinc | December 29, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Zorns Confidence

One more thing, after reading the aricle titled " Change, but No Overhaul " there is something that I have to say.

I really admire Jim Zorn's strength, calm, steadiness, and confidence througout this ordeal. No matter what happens the man will not stop believing that he can actually do it.

This is one thing that I really like about Jim Zorn: His leadership. For some reason, I think that either next year or in two years, the Redskins fans are going to be pleasantly surprised. I like his leadership and confidence. These are the qualities that make leadership great.

The Redskins, over the next 2 years, I predict will be the most interesting team to watch !!

Posted by: aspencer001 | December 29, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

the skins will be just fine in 09!! a pass rush is a must to add to the 4th ranked defense and a wr to go deep!! zorn is the man. we might be hurt if jerry gray gets 1 of the available head coaching positions especially if he ends up w/ detriot. that would mean to former skins would be running the show over there (mayhew and gray(.

keep rogers, hall, and taylor. let springs walk!! if the guy doesn't want to be here show him the door. washington is just to hurt and too old.

i might be the only person to think haynesworth would not be a good fit for the skins...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 29, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

After 15 years of mediocrity, I'm sick of speculating. It's probably a safe bet that we're slightly worse next year because of the age the already below average lines. I hope I'm wrong but I'm also betting Campbell is as bland as ever. I'm depressed about the future of this team. I see nothing that makes me think, "Wow! They're close!" Campbell has never had a game that made me think he has the tools to CARRY the team and we need that kind of a leader. It would be infectious but the only thing infectious on this team is injury and apathy. I've always supported Snyder because, hell, he owns the team and he spends every dime he can under the cap and that shows me he's willing. But I'm getting sick of the constant dull results and the lack of direction and leadership. And I'm SOOOO sick of the Campbell excuses. "He's been in 5 different systems". Who cares?! How many has Pennington played in? How about Flacco? Or Ryan? Cassel? All guys in new systems and successful. I think it's BAD that he only threw 6 int's. It shows his fear of taking a risk. I don't know. As a Redskins fan, I fear I may die without seeing another legit team. Seriously. I think things are getting more badderer!

Posted by: tdpillo123 | December 29, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

HMMMM... SOUNDS LIKE COWHER TO THE REDSKINS IN 2010 IF WE CANT GET IT RIGHT.. VINNY WILL BE GONE AND YOU'LL SEE THE TEAM RAN LIKE A TEAM FINALLY!!!

Posted by: pjfromva | December 30, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Looks like another struggle to an 8-8 season next year unless there are major improvements in personnel. Of course Vinny and Danny have made personnel screw-ups the hallmark of their tenures so we'll be lucky to get to 7-9.

Posted by: Redskinrex | December 30, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The Giants lucked out: although their opponents are tougher in general, they get three Pacific time-zone teams coming to New York. That's three guaranteed non-division wins right there.

Posted by: manalive | December 31, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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