Washington Football Team 2021 NFL: Schedule, Opponents, Predictions
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Washington, with its new nickname-less state, made the NFL playoffs for the first time in five years in 2020. Despite a 7-9 record in the first season under coach Ron Rivera, the Football Team won the weak NFC East.
WFT had a wide spectrum at quarterback, from Dwayne Haskins to Alex Smith with youngsters Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke somewhere in between. Haskins is no longer on the roster and Smith has since retired. Ryan Fitzpatrick is Washington's new bridge QB for Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner.
The backbone of the team remains the defense, with the offense adding more weapons to boost Fitzpatrick. Here is a complete breakdown of the Washington Football Team's 2021 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for all 17 games.
Washington Football Team schedule 2021
Here is the Washington Football Team's complete schedule for 2021.
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Chargers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 16||vs. Giants (Thursday)||8:20 p.m. ET||NFLN|
|3||Sept. 26||at Bills||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||at Falcons||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Saints||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 24||at Packers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||at Broncos||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Buccaneers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||at Panthers||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|12||Nov. 29||vs. Seahawks (Monday)||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|13||Dec. 5||at Raiders||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||Dec. 18 or 19||at Eagles (Sat. or Sun.)||TBD||TBD|
|16||Dec. 26 (SNF)||at Cowboys||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Eagles||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||at Giants||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
Washington will get its usual six games in the NFC East and try to hold off the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants for a repeat title. WFT also gets all of the NFC South and the entire AFC West.
The first-place schedule comes with games against the Saints and Chiefs based on that rotation. That extends to the Packers and Seahawks in the NFC and the Bills in the AFC, who represent the 17th-game opponent.
Washington's 2021 Home And Away Opponents
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On Wednesday night, the Washington Football team will learn the dates and times of its 2021 opponents as part of the NFL's Schedule Release '21 show, which will air on NFL Network, NFL.com and the NFL app at 8 p.m.
Here are the teams Washington is set to play this fall:
2021 Home Opponents
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
2021 Road Opponents
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
Las Vegas Raiders
Buffalo Bills (added game as a part of new 17-game schedule)
WFT key games
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Week 14 vs. Cowboys: This is Washington's opportunity to make a statement against the favorites in the NFC East, even though Washington is the defending champions. Washington swept Dallas last season, but Dak Prescott was out for both of those matchups. A Washington win here would show the Cowboys which team is favored to win the division.
Week 11 at Panthers: Ron Rivera makes his highly anticipated return to Carolina after coaching the Panthers for nine seasons. The winningest head coach in Carolina history, Rivera took the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 and established Cam Newton as the league MVP. The Panthers parted ways with Newton in December of the 2019 season and he was hired by Washington weeks later. This will be an emotional game for Rivera, one Washington should be fired up to get him a victory over his old team.
Week 10 vs. Buccaneers: Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champions will be headed to FedEx Field in a rematch of last season's wild card playoff thriller. Washington gave Tampa Bay its toughest challenge throughout the playoffs, losing by one possession and even cut the deficit to five points with under five minutes to play. Washington's defensive front will challenge Brady, but can the Football Team score enough points to pull off the upset?
WFT toughest matchup
Week: 7 | Date: Oct. 24 | Time: 1 p.m.
Opponent: at Green Bay Packers
Washington has to play a first-place schedule since it won the NFC East, earning the opportunity to play champions of other divisions. Even with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the schedule, traveling to Green Bay and facing the Packers at Lambeau Field will be a challenge -- especially if Aaron Rodgers remains in Green Bay. Washington hasn't beaten Green Bay at Lambeau since 1988, so this will be a true test for the division champions -- while seeing where Washington stacks up against the best in the NFC.
Week 1: Sept. 12 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Justin Herbert is the stronger of the two quarterbacks, but this is still a rookie head coach any new offensive line trying to mesh well. If this game was played in Week 8, maybe it's a different outcome. For now, WFT should be in control to start the season off right.
Score: WFT 27, Chargers 20 (1-0)
Week 2: Sept. 16 vs. New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. (NFL Network)
Which offense is more improved? A short week won't answer that question, but the two NFC East clubs did work to add depth at wide receiver for its quarterback. Based on defense and home field, Washington ends the five-game losing streak before a road trip.
Score: WFT 28, Giants 20 (2-0)
Week 3: Sept. 26 at Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
One of the league's up-and-coming offenses versus a top-tier defense. Buffalo has some holes on the defensive side, but not enough for Fitzpatrick to torch them. Josh Allen will be too much for Washington at home, ending the perfect season.
Score: Bills 31, WFT 20 (2-1)
Week 4: Oct. 3 at Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
This is the ultimate trap game. Sure, we could say that based off of defense, Washington has the advantage. Will the office be ready to match the same amount of points. This will either be a shootout or low scoring, but WFT survives.
Score: WFT 35, Falcons 31 (3-1)
Week 5: Oct. 10 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Are the Saints the same team without Drew Brees? Should New Orleans defense play like they did last season, this should be a close matchup. However, it all comes down to Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill. For now, its best to lean with the home team.
Score: WFT 28, Saints 17 (4-1)
Week 6: Oct. 17 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
This will be the ultimate testament on if WFT's defense is legit. Should they hold Patrick Mahomes out of the end zone and force Kansas City to trust the run game, expect this to be a low-scoring outcome. Still, Kansas City's defense will be ready for WFT's offense.
Score: Chiefs 20, WFT 10 (4-2)
Week 7: Oct. 24 at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Depending on Aaron Rodgers' situation, this could be an easy win for Washington. The defense will be in midseason mode, but the offense will have to show it's clicking on more than just short passes. For now, Rodgers won't be playing so by the hair, the edge goes to WFT.
Score: WFT 28, Packers 17 (5-2)
Week 8: Oct. 31 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Denver feels like a quarterback away from being one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. The problem for Washington is that Vic Fangio and George Paton made sure the defense would be able to bail Drew Lock out of anything. This is one of those times it happens.
Score: Broncos 24, WFT 10 (5-3)
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Nov. 14 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
The Renaissance revival of Fitzpatrick began in Tampa Bay. With more weapons, Can Taylor Heinicke step in and be the WFT hero 2.0? Tom Brady is still Tom Brady and Tampa is returning all 22 starters. A two-game losing streak is upon the club.
Score: Buccaneers 30, WFT 21 (5-4)
Week 11: Nov. 21 at Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Rivera returns to the Queen City for the first time since being fired in 2019. If Sam Darnold shows that he can be a quality franchise quarterback, this might be an easy win for Carolina. Too bad WFT's defense will be playing pissed off more than ever for the head coach.
Score: WFT 27, Panthers 20 (6-4)
Week 12: Nov. 29 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
On the flipside for Seattle, this could be their trap game. A cross-country flight and coming off back-to-back games against Green Bay and Arizona might be exhausting for its defense. Washington capitalizes to secure its season win total from 2020.
Score: WFT 28, Seahawks 14 (7-4)
Week 13: Dec. 5 at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Remember what was just said about Seattle? Same thing happens for WFT. The only difference this time is both sides of Las Vegas' ball has glaring holes that weren't addressed in the draft. Derek Carr will play lights out, but his defense will let him down, giving eight wins for WFT.
Score: WFT 31, Raiders 27 (8-4)
Week 14: Dec. 12 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
The Cowboys are probably the one team that could match evenly with WFT. If Dan Quinn truly is the ideal piece to fix the defense, this is likely a game in favor of Dallas. Unfortunately, there's a gut feeling that's saying he will be right guy for the franchise.
Score: Cowboys 27, WFT 13 (8-5)
Week 15: Dec. 18 or 19 at Philadelphia Eagles, TBD
The Eagles should cement themselves as the worst team in the division, but quarterback play this late will be so essential for WFT. This won't be an easy win, but it should be enough to guarantee they will finish above .500 for the year.
Score: WFT 27, Eagles 24 (9-5)
Week 16: Dec. 26 at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
As said before, Dallas' defense will decide if they are a contender or pretender in 2021. For now, they did enough to show upside and will be playing in front of the home crowd. A clean sweep against WFT is set to happen on primetime.
Score: Cowboys 31, WFT 20 (9-6)
Week 17: Jan. 2 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Another team, the same story. WFT's defense should be enough to stop Jalen Hurts from doing anything offensively. At that point, the offense just needs to find a way to get into the end zone and they'll have the first double-digit winning season since 2012.
Score: WFT 20, Eagles 0 (10-6)
Week 18: Jan. 9 at New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
By this point in the season, Daniel Jones should have a connection with both Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney. The defense should do enough to stop Fitzpatrick and end the season on a sour note for WFT.
Still, 10 wins might be enough to win the division, but it certainly will be plenty for WFT to make the postseason.
Score: Giants 35, WFT 20 (10-7)
Final Record: 10-7 (1st in NFC East)
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