We now know the Washington Redskins' 2017 regular season schedule and even though the start is still over four months away, there is no need to wait to dissect it. One way to do jus that is by ranking the 13 opposing quarterbacks Washington likely faces during the upcoming season.
Washington will play against the NFC East (Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles) twice, NFC West (Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks), AFC West (Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and Oakland Raiders) as well as the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.
Now, the ranking.
13. San Francisco's quarterback (Week 6). There are multiple equally likely options in the Bay Area for former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan including Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, or a rookie like Mitch Trubisky or Deshaun Watson. Regardless, I would not expect much from the individual taking snaps for the 49ers.
12. Jared Goff (Week 2). Switching to the other former Washington offensive coordinator, Sean McVay will have to work magic on sophomore passer Goff for him to be a major threat.
11. Carson Wentz (Weeks 1 and 7). Like Goff, Wentz is another sophomore that will continue to need time to work things out.
10. Alex Smith (Week 4). Smith is occasionally called a game manager and even though there is nothing necessarily wrong with that, it lands him low on this ranking.
9. Trevor Siemian (Week 16). Assuming he is not replaced by Paxton Lynch late in the season, one has to keep in mind that Siemian was a seventh-round pick.
8. Sam Bradford (Week 10). With Teddy Bridgewater unlikely available, Washington will have another matchup with the former Eagles quarterback who they might have had a role in running out of Philadelphia.
7. Eli Manning (Weeks 12 and 17). Manning might have two rings, but he still has d'oh moments like his late interception to Su'a Cravens in last year's Week 3 matchups.
6. Carson Palmer (Week 15). Palmer is getting up there in age, but he still his a gunslinger that consistently puts up yards.
5. Philip Rivers (Week 14). He may be past his peak, but 125 touchdowns over his last four seasons is still quite impressive.
4. Russell Wilson (Week 9). The elusiveness of Wilson in the pocket is going to boggle Greg Manusky.
3. Dak Prescott (Weeks 8 and 13). See above except Prescott runs even more.
2. Derek Carr (Week 3). Carr had 28 touchdowns to just six interceptions last season as a 25-year-old and there is no reason he will not continue to improve as he grows with Amari Cooper.
1. Drew Brees (Week 11). Over the last five seasons, Brees is averaging 5,140 yards and 38 touchdowns. Yikes.
Based on these rankings, Washington has matchups with the bottom third of quarterbacks in five of its first six games. Things get harder with four matchups against the top third of quarterbacks between Weeks 8 and 13 before they conclude with middle tier-ish in five of their final six games. As a result, the Redskins would be wise to get off to a fast start against relatively weaker opposing quarterbacks in the early goings.
In schedule order, Washington will face: Wentz, Goff, Carr, Smith, BYE, 49ers quarterback, Wentz, Prescott, Wilson, Bradford, Brees, Manning, Prescott, Rivers, Palmer, Siemian, and Manning.
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