Ranking the 'circle the calendar' games on Redskins' 2016 schedule

With so many feuds brewing plus the NFC East games and return of RGIII, the Redskins schedule is loaded with intrigue.

There is a growing list of teams that simply don't like the Washington Redskins much. And coincidentally, you can find many of those teams on Washington's schedule. But, hey, there's nothing wrong with a little animosity; it adds a dash of spice to the storyline surrounding the game. With long-standing team rivalries, player-to-player acrimony and anticipated returns littering the slate, there is plenty more here for fans to look forward to than just a football contest. Here is our list of the Redskins' most intriguing match-ups in 2016.

13. Week 7 at Detroit Lions - This is probably the only game that lacks a headline. Although, there's still more than two months for that to change. The Lions do have a bunch of receivers that with connections to the Redskins: Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate (Scot McCloughan), Marvin Jones (Jay Gruden) and former Redskin' Andre Roberts.

12. Week 5 at Baltimore Ravens - Get ready for "The Battle Of the Beltway," aka "The Rivalry That's Never Really Been One." Also with the quarterbacks, get ready for the lots of "But are they elite?" jokes.

11. Week 16 at Chicago Bears - This is really a showdown of defensive coordinators. Vic Fangio chose the Bears over Washington last offseason. But the Redskins did beat Chicago late last season, so I guess Joe Barry is up, 1-0. 

10. Week 8 at Cincinnati Bengals - Redskins football in London sounds cool and all until you realize this one kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in D.C. This will mark the first time Jay Gruden has coached against his former team. A.J. Green against the Redskins corners sounds fun.

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9. Week 10 vs. Minnesota Vikings - The clash of former Bengals coordinators, Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer. Their careers will forever be compared and so far Mike Zimmer has the upper hand with an 18-14 record in two season. Although Gruden has a losing record of 13-19, he made a lot of progress in 2015 winning the NFC East and clinching a playoff berth. 

8. Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Josh Norman versus Antonio Brown to open the season on Monday night. No wonder Norman has been kicking a soccer ball around all training camp. Prep those feet, Josh!

7. Weeks 6 and 14 vs. Philadelphia Eagles - A classic NFC East confrontation that was intensified when the Eagles betrayed wide receiver DeSean Jackson two years ago. Jackson still holds a bitter taste in his mouth. Not to mention, this always seems to be a chippy match-up.  

6. Weeks 2 and 12 vs. Dallas Cowboys - This may be a watered-down rivalry now, but it very much remains must-see TV. Especially in Week 12, after you've stuffed your tummy with Thanksgiving food.

5. Week 11 vs. Green Bay Packers - The Redskins must still have a bitter taste in their mouths from losing in the Wild Card round last season to the Packers. They will try to exact a measure of revenge in this Sunday night test.  

4. Week 13 at Arizona Cardinals - So unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Arizona's All-Pro cornerback, Patrick Peterson, was involved in a Twitter war against Jackson this week. Norman also had some choice words for his fellow CB. It has certainly kicked this meeting between division winners up a notch.

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3. Week 15 vs. Carolina Panthers - Norman's abrupt release this offseason was a surprise to all, including Norman himself. The entire country gets to witness this Monday night matchup, which I'm sure will be full of emotion. 

2. Week 4 vs. Cleveland Browns - Let's go out on and limb and assume that cornerback Joe Haden's Maryland homecoming will be just a bit overshadowed by the return of one Robert Griffin III. The Redskins already appear to understand the meaning of this match-up by printing Kirk Cousins' picture on the game's season ticket.  

1. Weeks 3 and 17 vs. New York Giants - This is a no-brainier. Everyone who loves football has these games circled on their calendar because of Norman and Odell Beckham Jr.'s glorious rivalry!

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