The NFL will officially release the 2013 regular-season schedule Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m. and the Washington Redskins will play five of last season's playoff teams—four of which will be away games.
NFL teams have known for quite some times who they will face in the upcoming season, but not the week-by-week configuration. Typically the announcement is known prior to the NFL draft, which occurs Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m. EST.
With the placement of 256 regular-season games, which includes three prime-time games each week, the NFL follows a rotating schedule every three years.
The last two games, per NFL rules, places the team that finished in the order of the previous season within their division, in this case the Redskins were first in the NFC East, against the other division teams in their conference that aren't already on their upcoming schedule.
With the breakdown of which teams the Redskins will play and whether they are home or away games, the league then has to determine factors such as cross-country travel, as well as short turnaround. That factor considers if a team plays on Monday night and then has to travel for a matchup with their next opponent.
Not to disparage any NFL team or the Redskins upcoming opponents, but, as things turn out, it would have been nice to have four of last years playoff teams playing at FedEx Field instead of on the road.
On the flip side, six of the 13 teams the Redskins will play finished last season with a record of .500 or worse.
And most importantly, we are 20 weeks away from the season opener, Thursday, September 5th.