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Need to Know: The five 2014 Redskins games most worthy of prime time

Apr 22, 2014, 5:28 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, April 22, 16 days before the NFL draft.

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The NFL schedule should be out at some point in the next few days. The Redskins may or may not get the maximum of five prime time games scheduled but if they get the max, here are the five games that get the marquee treatment.

Redskins @ Eagles—You don’t have to be a network executive sporting a $3,000 suit to figure out this one. NFC East games tend to be prime time ratings gold under most circumstances and the kicker of the return of DeSean Jackson to Philadelphia will be quite a bonanza.

Redskins @ Colts— Another one you don’t need the smartest guys in the room to figure out. Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck, the top two picks of the 2012 draft, met in the preseason as rookies. That doesn’t have a fraction of the sizzle that a regular-season matchup between two of the best young quarterbacks in the game will.

Rams @ Redskins—This is a good candidate for the Thursday game that every team has to play. They aren’t two top-notch teams but Tayvon Austin and Jackson can provide some entertainment and there is intrigue there due to the Griffin trade. Washington played its Thursday nighter on the road last year so they’re due to have this one at home.

Cowboys @ Redskins—This is a good Sunday night candidate. FOX doesn’t want to let too many NFC East games go and a month ago they didn’t expect to lose an Eagles-Redskins game. But they will relent.

Redskins @ 49ers—This game was a non-competitive dog on ESPN in 2013, perhaps they will give it another shot and hope that Griffin is more on point this year.

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Timeline

—It’s been 114 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 138 days until they play another one.

Days until: First veteran minicamp 7; NFL Draft 16; Training camp starts 92

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  1. internetcareer - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Rams vs Redskins??? Seriously???? I’ll take SEATTLE @ REDSKINS.

    Last time these 2 teams met RG3 shredded his knee and Russell Wilson showed that he was a better QB. A late Seattle hit on RG3 at the end of the 1st quarter contributed to his suffering. This was the playoff game which began the riff between Shanahan and Griffin and got the coach fired. I don’t know a Redskins fan who isn’t looking forward to this matchup.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      I thought about that one and I see the appeal for the Redskins but I don’t see the national appeal. I’d peg that one for a Sunday doubleheader game rather than a national contest.

      We’ll see, hopefully in the next day or two.

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    • tarheel723 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Well, let’s remember there’s going to be a bit of a double standard on Thursday games this year… Seattle@Washington wouldn’t be a bad candidate to put on the first half Thursday schedule on CBS this year, since their criteria for the best primetime games will be: 1) NBC, 2) CBS Thursdays (1st half), 3) ESPN. That could be a candidate for the CBS, and if not ESPN (I don’t think it’ll make it to NBC)… But we have to remember that Seattle also has a lot of other good games scheduled, and they’ll for sure have 5 primetime games, so execs might choose better opponents than us.

      The Rams@Redskins game would be a candidate for a late-season Thursday game on NFLN instead of CBS… A bit of a lower-tier game (though not a bad game.. these are two talented teams). Ultimately, I wouldn’t be surprised if we had like the Jaguars (would be entertaining if they got Johnny Football) or Titans game as our Thursday NFLN game, because they always choose bad matchups for those games and they’re going to have to be scheduled somewhere on Thursday, as well.

    • jayovalentine - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Wilson better than RG3 ?… Yeah right. You didn’t see the same game I saw then Genius. Wilson was rattled early. Wilson got drafted in the 3rd for a reason. Switch both guys to the other team and see what would happen !

      • O - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        I like Russell Wilson and all. He’s a great competitor and all but he’s not better than RGIII. Remember Rich Gannon almost went to the Super Bowl twice (thank the Tuck Rule) but went once. Brad Johnson won on the strength of the Bucs defense.

    • skins1970 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Russell Wilson didn’t show he was better then RG3 in that playoff he had very little to do with that win, Seattle won because Mike Shanahan didn’t take RG3 out after he got hurt.

  2. kenlinkins - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Rich: you stated that each team can get a Max of 5 games, Is there a Min?

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      The minimum is the one Thursday game; that game could be in the afternoon so technically a team could have no actual night games.

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  3. ipitydafu - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    LOL. I don’t want any prime-time games. Everyone should know why.

  4. O - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Colts vs Redskins will be a Monday Night game. I can see the Rams game on Thursday night. Eagles vs Redskins, I can see NBC running for this one but it doesn’t have the same pull as Favre vs the Packers, so no MNF here. Both the 49ers and Cowboys will remain on Fox. Please no prime time Seahawks games please.

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