The Washington Redskins' final two 2018 opponents added to their schedule include one team with a top quarterback coming off an injury and another team that might have a new coach.
Every team has 14 games already locked in place and only two are based on where a team finishes. The Redskins' final two spots included the common place finisher in the NFC West and the NFC North.
Therefore, the Redskins will play at Arizona and host Green Bay. The latter is a tricky opponent because the Packers likely would not have finished third had Aaron Rodgers not missed nine games because of an injury. Otherwise, Washington would have hosted Detroit, who may or may not be playing for a new coach. The Packers and Lions play in the season finale and could actually end up tied. But Detroit won the first meeting and owns the better division record and would therefore finish second regardless of the outcome.
As for Arizona, the Cardinals also might have a new coach. Even if Bruce Arians returns, Arizona might need a new quarterback. Carson Palmer turns 38 on Wednesday and will be coming off an injury. So there are questions about the direction of the organization. It’s best that Washington faces Arizona rather than the other three teams in the NFC West. The 49ers, with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, are a hot team and could be much improved in 2018. But they’ll end up in last place this season.
The Redskins' other 2018 home opponents: Dallas, Philadelphia, New York Giants, Carolina, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Houston.
Their other road opponents: Dallas, Philadelphia, New York Giants, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Tampa Bay.
As of right now, the Redskins' 2018 opponents have a combined record of 120-120. Five have four wins or less; five have 10 wins or more. But the true strength of schedule comes as the games unfold and not months before the season begins.