The NFL's first Yom Tov has hit and it's a good enough reason for me to type up the first Skins Serv of the 2008-2009 season. The Skins have some big-time match-ups on the docket, including the NFL season-opener in New York against the Giants on Thursday night September 4th at 7PM on NBC. The Skins home opener will take place ten days later when they host the Saints on September 14th at 1PM.
The Skins have a Monday Night Football tilt with the Steelers on November 3rd, and host the Cowboys for Sunday Night Football on November 16th. The Skins also have a 9th home game against the Ravens in Baltimore on December 7th, and host the SB Champion Giants over Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 30). The Skins were awarded a week 10 bye this year (much better than last year's week 4 bye), and they close the season with a Week 17 matchup against Niners in San Fran.
Some other noteworthy facts about the schedule:
1) The Skins play their first 3 NFC East games on the road.
2) The Skins close the season with 4 of their last 6 games on the road.
3) The Skins travel to Seattle (again) to take on the Seahawks (Jim Zorn's alma mater) on November 23rd.
4) The Skins match up against the NFC West and the AFC North this year. According to my humble calculations, the NFC West will stink up the joint again in 08-09, while the AFC North will sport two good teams (both our home matchups) and two awful teams (our away matchups).
5) No major Jewish holidays coincide with Redskins games this year.
Also please don't forget that the Skins will participate in the NFL's first pre-season game, the HOF game, on Sunday night August 3rd in Canton, Ohio against the Colts (the day following Art Monk and Darrell Green's HOF induction).
There is so much speculation going into every NFL season, but I am pretty sure this might be the most clueless any of us will ever be heading into a season - should make for a fun campaign.
The draft is a week away - I'll check in if and when there is anything worth checking in about.
142 days, 3 Hours, 43 Minutes till opening kickoff.
It's OK to officially get pumped again.
1) The Pre-Season Schedule
Sun., Aug. 3 vs. Indianapolis 8 PM NBC ( Canton , Ohio )
Sat., Aug. 9 vs. Buffalo 7 PM
Sat., Aug. 16 at New York Jets 7 PM
Sat., Aug. 23 at Carolina 7 PM
Thurs., Aug. 28 vs. Jacksonville 7 PM NBC
2) The Real Schedule
Sept. 4 @ New York Giants 7 p.m. ET NBC
Sept. 14 New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. ET
Sept. 21 Arizona Cardinals 1 p.m. ET
Sept. 28 @ Dallas Cowboys 4:15 p.m. ET
Oct. 5 @ Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. ET
Oct. 12 St. Louis Rams 1 p.m. ET
Oct. 19 Cleveland Browns 4:15 p.m. ET
Oct. 26 @ Detroit Lions 1 p.m. ET
Monday Nov. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Nov. 9 BYE ---
Nov. 16 Dallas Cowboys 8:15 p.m. ET* NBC
Nov. 23 @ Seattle Seahawks 4:15 p.m. ET*
Nov. 30 New York Giants 1 p.m. ET*
Dec. 7 @ Baltimore Ravens 1 ET*
Dec. 14 @ Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m. ET*
Dec. 21 Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. ET*
Dec. 28 @ San Francisco 49ers 4:15 p.m. ET*