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Redskins’ 2020 schedule: Predicting every game, week-by-week odds, matchups, projections

Redskins' 2020 schedule: Predicting every game, week-by-week odds, matchups, projections

Running through all 16 games on Washington's regular season slate

After a disappointing 3-13 campaign, the Washington Redskins received a major facelift this offseason. They hired a new head coach in Ron Rivera, finally parted ways with longtime offensive tackle Trent Williams after a dramatic year and also picked up some intriguing pieces in the draft. The Redskins appear to be moving in the right direction, but will we be able to tell that by the end of the 2020 season? What would a successful year look like for this team?

Maybe it's doubling their win total from the previous season, or Dwayne Haskins proving that he's the definitive quarterback of the future. Maybe we just want to see if Derrius Guice can remain healthy and if Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gandy-Golden and maybe even Antonio Gibson can carry the offense. Even if this team as a whole can show some promise during the regular season, how their schedule shapes up will play a major part in what happens.

Earlier this offseason, CBS NFL writer John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage in 2019. The Redskins will face the fifth-easiest strength of schedule in 2020. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule, check out Breech's breakdown here. However, when basing strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team's opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill Sports Book, the Redskins go from facing the fifth-easiest schedule in the league to facing the eighth-toughest. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule using this methodology, check out Jared Dubin's full breakdown here.

It's time to predict every game on the Redskins' schedule. Over/under win totals for each opponent are courtesy of William Hill Sports Book. The Redskins' O/U is 5.5:

Week 1 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Line: Eagles -6.5
Opponent win total:
O/U 9.5

Last year's Week 1 matchup against the Eagles actually started off pretty nicely. Vernon Davis recorded the first major highlight of the season, McLaurin caught five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown and the Redskins held a 20-7 halftime lead. Of course, it all fell apart in the second half, but a 32-27 loss certainly wasn't the worst thing in the world. The Eagles made the postseason last year after a pathetic showing by the rest of the teams in the NFC East, but they made some major improvements through the draft this offseason. I think that this game will be similar to last year's. The Redskins are going to create some exciting plays in the first half but ultimately start the season 0-1.

Prediction: 27-20, Eagles
Projected record: 0-1

Week 2 at Arizona Cardinals

Line: Cardinals -7
Opponent win total:
O/U 7

The Cardinals haven't registered a winning season in the last four years, but that may change in 2020. Kyler Murray's promising rookie season and the trade for DeAndre Hopkins has people excited about the Cardinals — even though they reside in the very tough NFC West. It's the Redskins' first road trip of the season and I'm going to take the Cardinals in a close matchup.

Prediction: 24-21, Cardinals
Projected record: 0-2

Week 3 at Cleveland Browns

Opponent win total: O/U 8.5

If the Redskins played Browns or even the Cardinals last season, they may have been able to escape with a victory. In 2020, however, I believe both of those teams are going to be much improved. The hype surrounding the Browns entering the 2019 season was too much, and as a result, they fell flat. Kevin Stefanski appears to be an upgrade from Freddie Kitchens, and there's no denying the talent the Browns have on roster. They also upgraded by signing right tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Austin Hooper in free agency. Another road matchup, another loss for the Redskins. As you can see, the first few weeks on Washington's schedule are brutal. Unfortunately, it's not going to get much better in Week 4.

Prediction: 31-17, Browns
Projected record: 0-3

Week 4 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Opponent win total: O/U 11.5

The Ravens were the best team in the regular season last year and they have a great chance to finish 2020 with the best record in the league again. I'm not sure many people are going to pick the Redskins to win this matchup — even if it's in Washington.

Prediction: 35-14, Ravens
Projected record: 0-4

Week 5 at Los Angeles Rams

Opponent win total: O/U 8.5

While the game may be in California, this actually could be a spot where the Redskins can register their first victory. For one, depending on what happens with the current COVID-19 pandemic, there's a possibility the game could be played elsewhere. Secondly, there's no more Todd Gurley on L.A.'s roster, and no more Brandin Cooks, and one has to wonder if Jared Goff is really the future under center after a disappointing 2019 campaign. Rivera will have a sit-down meeting with his team entering Week 5, and will remind them that while they are winless, they have lost just one divisional game and have three straight coming up. The Redskins come through with their first win against the Rams.

Prediction: 23-14, Redskins
Projected record: 1-4

Week 6 at New York Giants

Opponent win total: O/U 6.5

The Giants have won the past three contests against the Redskins, but I think Washington can pick up at least one win and avoid being swept this season. That won't happen in Week 6, however. It remains to be seen if first-year head coach Joe Judge is going to be the answer in New York, but both Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley appear to be rising stars for this team. Picking up offensive tackle Andrew Thomas in the first round is also going to help keep Jones upright and potentially solve some of his fumbling issues. The Giants win in Week 6.

Prediction: 23-20, Giants
Projected record: 1-5

Week 7 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

While the Redskins haven't been very good over the past few years, their fans have found some enjoyment poking fun at the Cowboys. Seemingly every year there is this unfounded excitement surrounding the Cowboys, and they usually fall flat. This year might be different, however. Mike McCarthy has taken over for Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones also pulled off a pretty incredible draft haul. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are out again to prove their worth and they now have a head coach who has been to the big game. I think there's a decent chance the Redskins get swept by the Cowboys.

Prediction: 30-10, Cowboys
Projected record: 1-6

Week 9 vs. New York Giants

Opponent win total: O/U 6.5

As mentioned previously, the Redskins can avoid being swept by the Giants and they have a better chance in their second matchup here in Week 9. It's at home and the Redskins also get a bye week to prepare for it. Washington lost in overtime during its home matchup with the Giants last season, and I think it gets revenge this year as Haskins puts together one of the best performances of his career.

Prediction: 31-21, Redskins
Projected record: 2-6

Week 10 at Detroit Lions

Opponent win total: O/U 6.5

Haskins enters Week 10 coming off of the best game in his career and will face the team he scored his first career win against. When it comes to the Lions this season, you have to wonder if Matthew Stafford is going to remain healthy and if this could be the last year Matt Patricia has a job in Detroit. I say the Redskins score their second straight victory in Week 10.

Prediction: 17-13, Redskins
Projected record: 3-6

Week 11 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

The Redskins have now matched their win total from the 2019 season, and many are hoping for a bit of a run here during the back half of the schedule. That's probably not likely, but they do score a victory against Joe Burrow and the Bengals to move to 4-6. Chase Young and the defensive front are able to swallow up Joe Mixon and they get to Burrow four times during the course of this one.

Prediction: 28-23, Redskins
Projected record: 4-6

Week 12 at Dallas Cowboys

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

The Redskins are riding high coming into Dallas on Thanksgiving, but this is the Cowboys' turf and they are looking to score some revenge for the holiday loss they suffered to the Buffalo Bills at home last year. The Cowboys are a better team than the Redskins, and they are going to sweep the season series.

Prediction: 35-24, Cowboys
Projected record: 4-7

Week 13 at Pittsburgh Steelers

Opponent win total: O/U 9

With Ben Roethlisberger back, the Steelers are going to be in the mix for a postseason bid in 2020. The Ravens are clearly the favorite to win the division, but the Steelers and maybe even the Browns are going to want to give them a run for their money. Pittsburgh made some nice additions at wide receiver and running back during the draft, and it may surprise some people.

Prediction: 29-20, Steelers
Projected record: 4-8

Week 14 at San Francisco 49ers

Opponent win total: O/U 10.5

Kyle Shanahan hosts his former team in Week 14, and this is another game where it's pretty clear the Redskins are outmatched. San Francisco likely won't be playing in the flood they had to last year in Washington, so more than just nine total points are going to be scored here in Week 14. One thing that won't change, however, is the 49ers coming out on top.

Prediction: 22-7, 49ers
Projected record: 4-9

Week 15 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

It's almost unfair that the Redskins have to face every team in the NFC West during what is hopefully a decent rebuilding season. Russell Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, DK Metcalf is a star in the making and they have a nice stable of running backs. After logging three straight wins, the Redskins have now been outmatched in four straight games.

Prediction: 27-21, Seahawks
Projected record: 4-10

Week 16 vs. Carolina Panthers

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Rivera's revenge game comes in Week 16, and he gets to host his former Panthers at his new home in D.C. The Panthers may be one of the worst teams in the league this year, and I'm confident the Redskins can win this game to snap the losing streak they are currently on. Guice and Co. surprised us in Carolina last year, and they can do it again.

Prediction: 28-10, Redskins
Projected record: 5-10

Week 17 at Philadelphia Eagles

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

As you can see, we are sitting at five wins with the over/under set at 5.5. This regular-season finale could be crucial as it relates to the win total. Maybe the Eagles have won the division or already locked up a playoff spot and they decide to rest their starters. If so, the Redskins will have a chance to win, but I'll err on the side of caution and take the Eagles in this one.

Prediction: 24-21, Eagles
Projected record: 5-11

The Redskins aren't expected to put together a winning season, but fans at least want to see steps in the right direction. A 5-11 campaign isn't a major victory by any means, but if Haskins can prove that he's the future under center and if this team as a whole can make strides over the course of the entire season, it will feel nice for Washington to finally be back on the right track.

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