Washington Redskins Schedule: The Good and the Bad

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistApril 19, 2013

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field.  Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NFL regular-season schedule has hit newsstands, and we now have a better feel for what the Washington Redskins will have to do in order to win back-to-back division titles for the first time since 1984. 

Earlier, we broke down the Redskins' opponents and offered up a game-by-game analysis. Now, let's give you one more broad breakdown of what the 'Skins have to deal with in 2013.

The good: Only West Coast trip is in Oakland

I had to reach for good here, because there's a lot more bad. However, the 'Skins should be thankful that they're getting San Diego and San Francisco at home, while traveling to Oakland for their only game on the West Coast. 

The Raiders have gone 3-5 at home each of the last two seasons, so the Redskins might survive their first West Coast road trip of the Robert Griffin III era.

The bad: First-place opponents

Welcome back to the world of first-place schedules, Washington. Because the Redskins finished first in the NFC East last year, they have to play Atlanta and San Francisco, who finished first and second in the NFC in 2012, while the rest of their divisional peers land weaker opponents from the NFC South and NFC West. 

The bad: Tough start

The 'Skins don't know for sure that Griffin will be ready to go in Week 1, which has to be scary. But what's also scary is going up against the unpredictable Eagles in Chip Kelly's debut. After that, Washington has to deal with the Packers in Green Bay's home opener. That's two tough games out of the gate, with RG3 being a question mark. 

The bad: Early bye

Hate to keep piling on, but it's a tough schedule for Washington. The 'Skins were able to go on a seven-game winning streak after their well-timed bye last year, but they might break too early with a Week 5 bye in 2013. 

One condition here is that such an early bye could be advantageous if RG3 isn't healthy to start the season.