A Look At The 2012 Redskins Opponents

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The 2012 NFL schedule is still months away, but with this week’s release of the 2012 opponents, it’s time for a premature analysis of the field.

The 5-11 record won’t suggest it, but the NFC East opponents were supposed to have it easy this year, matching up against the NFC West and the AFC East.  As a reminder, no team had a winning record in the NFC West in 2010, as the division-winning Seahawks went 7-9.  The AFC East–while having both the Patriots and Jets–also had the Dolphins and Bills.

What could be easier?

As it turned out, the Redskins caught each team in the AFC East during the period of each team’s greatest strength, but performed well against the NFC West.  Overall, the Redskins had a (.300) winning percentage in inter-conference play, with all three wins coming against the NFC West.

But enough about this year; this is what the Redskins have to look forward to in 2012:

Home Games: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals.

  • Four of these team will be participating in the 2011 playoffs.
  • Including the NFC East, two of these teams are division champions.
  • The Redskins had a combined 2-6 record against these teams in 2011 (.250).

Road Games: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Three of these teams will be participating in the 2011 playoffs.
  • Including the NFC East, two of these teams are division champions.
  • The Redskins had a combined 3-4 record against these teams in 2011 (.429).

Outside of division play, the Redskins will see the Minnesota Vikings at home for the third consecutive year, and the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams for the second consecutive year on the road.

The NFC East drew a tough card next year in inter-division play, getting both the AFC North and NFC South, who have a combined five teams in the playoffs.

It would be easy to predict that next year will be a difficult schedule for the Redskins, but if this year is any indication, anything is possible.

0 thoughts on “A Look At The 2012 Redskins Opponents

  1. And again the @Redskins schedule is top 15 and with Fisher in STL and Newton in Car, it could again move to the top 10. This team needs a QB for a 9-7 season and a WR and NT for a playoff run.


  2. As a fellow NFL Blogger, excellent post here. My team is your rival in Philly, but I am a fan of the game and appreciate your knowledge and effort. I just bookmarked your blog! You can click my name if you want to check out mine.


  3. I see 2 games we might have a chance in. If we dont get a QB we will have to rely on opponents having bad games just to get to 4-12


  4. Draft Blackmon (WR) in the first and hope for Case Keenum (QB) in the second round. the rest of the picks should be DBs and Offensive Lineman.


  5. ALLEN needs to look at these four oprions with the #6 pick depending upon the outcome in FA.

    IF no top QB, WR, or RB are secured with FA’s, then I would

    1 – pick RG# with the #6.
    2 – If off the board, then BLACKMON with that pick.
    3 – If gone, then RICHARDSON,
    4 – and finally, if TRENT’s gone, than trade down, and take a NT, or R-OT with the first pick.


  6. Here is what we need to do. Since the draft is before FA this is what we do:

    If RGIII is available with the #6 pick, then we pick him, if not we pick Morris Claiborn or Riley Reiff. Who ever is still on the board in that order and we pick up Flynn, Hoyer, or Manning in FA. Justin Blackmon might be available here but there are going to be alot of big name WR’s in FA like DeSean Jackson and Vincent Jackson. Don’t forget Hankerson looked good until he got injured.By no means do we reach for a QB or mortage the future by trading up.
    -If RGIII is not available, another option would be to trade down. We shouldn’t use the #6 pick on a RB since we have 3 very good RB’s.


  7. SERG:

    Oh, missed the TRENT RICHARDSON no vote. You forget, SHANNY wants a shiny new toy at RB to make him feel better. Along with glaring needs at QB, WR. R-OT, OG, back-up C, NT, and back-ups at OLB, ILB, SS, FS, CB and a new K. This team’s still got so many holes it looks like a colander.


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  9. I had a brain fart when I wrote the comment this morning. FA starts before draft….I guess I was thinking there was a lockout again this year 🙂


    • @Sergio Vitela–

      I’ve had the same problem keeping that straight. This is really the first time that we get to see Shanahan in action during a standard offseason when he knows what he has and what he wants. Should be interesting


  10. A good QB is certainly necessary but if an offensive line showed up, the running backs and receivers may be able to: gain yardage, make first downs and (this may be hard to imagine) even score touchdowns.


  11. with rg3 or luck the redskins are going to be nothing like they have been the past years the 1 peace to the puzzle that has been missing for a playoff team is infact a qb and with the redskins trading all there pics in the next round and in future years they have moved up to second overall to snag a qb good move skins u just gave this fan base something to look forward to for years to come


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