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Thanksgiving Game Highlights Redskins' 2012 Schedule

4/18/2012, 1:15 p.m.

Washington faces back-to-back AFC North opponents in Weeks 14 and 15, home against Baltimore and away against Cleveland, respectively.

In Week 16, the Redskins will travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles for the teams' ninth all-time December meeting. Washington holds a 5-3 record in December games played in Philadelphia. That contest will take place on Dec. 23 on FOX at 1 p.m.

Washington will close its regular season on Dec. 30, at home against Dallas. The last time the Redskins closed the regular season against the Cowboys was in 2007, a 27-6 Washington win as the Redskins prepared for the playoffs.

NOTES ON THE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

@ New Orleans Saints

The Redskins are 23-19 in season openers since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. A win would be Washington's third consecutive season opener and would represent the first time the Redskins had done so since the team won openers in four consecutive years from 2002-05.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan holds a 14-4 record in season openers as a head coach. His 14 season-opening victories lead the NFL among active head coaches.

Shanahan is 2-0 in season openers with the Redskins. With a win in the 2012 season opener, Shanahan will become the first Redskins coach since George Allen to win his first three season openers with the team. Allen won his first six season openers with the Redskins from 1971-76.

The game is the Redskins' third season opener against New Orleans all-time. The Redskins are 2-0 against the Saints in season openers, having opened the 1969 and 1975 seasons with wins against New Orleans by scores of 26-20 and 41-3, respectively.

Washington's opener against the Saints will be only the second time the Redskins have opened the season against an NFC South opponent since the division's creation in 2002, with the Redskins having opened the 2004 season with a 16-10 win against Tampa Bay.

The Redskins are 15-8 against New Orleans all-time, including an 8-3 record against the Saints on the road.

The game will be the Redskins' first in New Orleans since 2006, when the Redskins defeated the Saints, 16-10. The Redskins are currently riding a three-game winning streak in New Orleans and haven't lost in the Crescent City since 1992.

@ St. Louis Rams

The Redskins are 22-9-1 all-time in the regular season against the Rams, including a 13-4-1 regular season record against the Rams in road games.

2011 will mark the fifth consecutive season in which the Redskins have played the Rams in the regular season. This is only the second time since divisional realignment in 2002 that the Redskins have faced a non-divisional opponent in five consecutive seasons, having faced Tampa Bay each year from 2003-07.

The Redskins are 2-2 in the last four seasons against St. Louis, including a 17-10 win at the Edward Jones Dome in 2011.

vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Redskins? home opener against the Bengals in Week 3 represents the latest the Redskins have opened their home slate since 2001, when the team opened its home slate against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3.