Redskins 2004 Schedule

<b> Random thoughts on the Redskins' 2004 schedule:</b>

Sept. 12 vs. Tampa Bay
Sept. 19 at New York Giants
Sept. 27 vs. Dallas (Monday night)
Oct. 3 at Cleveland
Oct. 10 vs. Baltimore (Sunday night)
Oct. 17 at Chicago
Oct. 24 Bye
Oct. 31 vs. Green Bay
Nov. 7 at Detroit
Nov. 14 vs. Cincinnati
Nov. 21 at Philadelphia
Nov. 28 at Pittsburgh
Dec. 5 vs. New York Giants
Dec. 12 vs. Philadelphia (Sunday night)
Dec. 18 at San Francisco
Dec. 26 at Dallas
Jan. 2 vs. Minnesota

Random thoughts on the Redskins' 2004 schedule:
. . . Joe Gibbs talked about how difficult the schedule was, but the numbers don't support him. Washington has the NFL's 20th-ranked schedule. In the first six games, the Redskins play two playoff teams from this past season. That doesn't make it easy considering how much the NFL changes these days. Of those first six games, three of the other teams who failed to make the playoffs last year made it the previous year, with Tampa Bay winning the Super Bowl.

. . . In other words, who really knows how difficult, or easy, the schedule might be in April. Things change week to week.

. . . The Redskins play only six games against 2003 playoff teams.

. . . I love Monday Night Games early in the year, when every game is still a big game. There's nothing better than being at a game, hearing the MNF theme song and feeling the energy in the crowd. Washington will get that against Dallas this September.

. . . But just imagine the atmosphere if the Dec. 12 game means something.

. . . The Redskins avoided killer trips, though traveling to San Francisco one week and to Dallas the next will be grueling. Good thing the 49ers are expected to be down. But Dallas isn't.

. . . Wouldn't it be great if that Dec. 26th game at Dallas meant everything? Wouldn't it feel like old times with Gibbs and Bill Parcells battling for an NFC East title? Wouldn't it be even better if the Redskins clinched a playoff spot with a win in Dallas. Merry Christmas, indeed, Redskins fans.

. . . The Redskins non-divisional road games include mystery teams like Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Will one of them be a surprise team this year?

. . . Hard to believe but: Green Bay will be making its first trip to Washington since 1979. For the record, Washington won that game, 38-21.

. . . The last month should be lots of fun with three games against divisional opponents in four weeks. Gibbs' teams always shined in December. If that happens again, Washington will celebrate.

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