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Assessing the NFC East Schedules

Cowboys: They released controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens this offseason but remain a big television draw, with five scheduled prime-time games. They open their new stadium in prime time in Week 2 against the Giants, and play a Monday nighter at home eight days later.

Eagles: There's a tough road opener at Carolina, but then comes a three-game homestand. The early schedule is forgiving enough that the Eagles could be the divisional front-runner by the time they enter a three-game stretch of NFC East games beginning Oct. 26.

Giants: It's tough early with consecutive NFC East games to open the season, first at home against the Redskins and then on the road at Dallas. The Cowboys game starts an early three-game road trip. It's not supposed to be easy when you're the defending division champion, but there are enough soft spots on the schedule (such as a Buccaneers-Chiefs-Raiders stretch in late September and early October) to make it manageable.

Redskins: They open at Giants Stadium against the Giants for a second straight season but things get considerably easier from there, with the Rams and Lions up next. With the Chiefs and Raiders also on the schedule, the Redskins have a chance to pile up some wins before a tough closing stretch at home against the Giants and Cowboys and on the road at San Diego.

By Mark Maske  |  April 14, 2009; 8:35 PM ET  | Category:  Cowboys , Eagles , Giants , Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Hey, BigR22, quit whining. You said "Seems to me the big issue is the favortism shown the Cowpokes once again my the NFL schedule makers. Of the common (non-NFC East) opponents that the Redskins and Cowpukes share that made the playoffs in 2008, (that would be Carolina, Atlanta & San Diego), Washington plays them all on the road, Dallas plays them all at home." Guess what? The Eagles ALSO play those same opponents, and all those games are also on the road. That's the way it happens. The NFL just *loves* the stinkin' Cowgirls, and that's not going to change. The schedule makers must be high, though. The Eagles don't play a Division foe until the Monday night 'Skins game the last weekend in October!

Posted by: EaglesFan1 | April 17, 2009 3:52 PM

Seems to me the big issue is the favortism shown the Cowpokes once again my the NFL schedule makers. Of the common (non-NFC East) opponents that the Redskins and Cowpkes share that made the playoffs in 2008, (that would be Carolina, Atlanta & San Diego), Washington plays them all on the road, Dallas plays them all at home. I thought the team that finished 4th (Wash) was supposed to get a better/easier schedule than the tems that finished above them. What a joke the NFL is becoming. It's all about ratings and trying to get the Cowpokes back into the post season. Something they haven't been able to do on their own.

Posted by: BigR22 | April 15, 2009 12:56 PM

Who cares? I like my 1 pm games, not late night games anyway.

Posted by: Gweez | April 15, 2009 9:50 AM

The schedule SUCKS again! I'm wondering if anyone else is as ticked off as I am about the lack of juice our owner and team has with the NFL and being outdone by Jerry Jones and those damn Cowboys EVERY year. They get FIVE primetime appearances = along with the Giants) and we get THREE. They open a billion dollar domed stadium (how does Congress allow this when unemployment and the nation is in the financial pits) and we get THREE games in DECEMBER (average temp - what around 20 degrees). That pisses me off the most that I won't be able to take my family to three of the games I'm paying handsomely for because they're scheduled in DECEMBER!!! At the prices we're paying we should be able to take the family to the majority of games in good weather. Why the late start and why the LATE NIGHT DECEMBER games in DC? San Diego makes sense in December, not DC for three games. I'm pissed.

Posted by: redskinsmadfan | April 15, 2009 6:14 AM

painfully delicious. ass kicking by who undecided then time to work on the problems. Gotta love'm

Posted by: bulldoggy44 | April 14, 2009 10:57 PM

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