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The Washington Redskins haven't had to play a first-place schedule since Bill Clinton was in the White House. And while that doesn't mean a whole lot in the NFL, where only two games differ between divisional opponents, it hurts a Washington team that only won 10 games and barely pulled out the NFC East last season.
Because the Skins finished first, the two unique teams that only they have to play are Atlanta and San Francisco, who finished first and second in the NFC last year.
In addition to that, the Redskins have to open up—possibly without Robert Griffin III—against the completely unpredictable Eagles and their brand-new coaching staff, before traveling to play the Packers in Green Bay's home opener in Week 2. They could recover before their Week 5 bye, but that then means 12 consecutive games down the stretch with road trips against reigning playoff teams Denver, Minnesota and Atlanta.
Repeating won't be easy. But on the bright side, if they don't, someone else will have that first-place sked in 2014.