The NFL regular season schedule will be released Thursday. Ahead of the announcement, the Redskins know at least one date and opponent on their schedule. According to Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post, the Redskins will host the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Nov. 23 at FedEx Field.
It will be the first time the franchise has hosted a Thanksgiving game. The game will be part of the league’s primetime timeslot that was introduced in 2006.
Washington has a record of 2-7 on Thanksgiving, playing just the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions in those previous nine contests. Last year, the Redskins lost to the Cowboys 31-26. The only other time Washington has played on Thanksgiving back-to-back seasons is 1973 and 1974 — the Redskins shutout the Lions 20-0 in ’73 but lost to the Cowboys 24-23 in ’74.
This will be the first time the Redskins and Giants will meet on the holiday. Last season the two teams split their two meetings, both winning on each other’s home field. It was the Giants 19-10 win at FedEx Field in Week 17 that knocked the Redskins out of playoff contention.
Of course, the first to come to mind is the uniforms of choice. No, the Color Rush does not apply to Thanksgiving games, something we learned last year when the Redskins played the Cowboys. During the NFL meetings back in March the Redskins proposed teams have the option of opting out of wearing the Nike specialty uniforms.
It will remain to be seen if the Redskins are slated for any addition Thursday game as part of Thursday Night Football.