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Classic NFC Clash Will Highlight 2013 Slate

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 18, 2013 – 12:01 pm


Are you ready for some football?

I know I am. Its been three months since the Redskins took the field.

With the 2013 NFL schedule release just on the horizon (tonight at 8pm) NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison has dissected what he believes will be the Top-13 games on the NFL slate this upcoming season.

To no one’s surprise, the Redskins have landed a spot on the  Harrison’s list.

Just a note–you’ll need a DVR to catch all of the action between these two offensive juggernauts.

Harrison believes that the when the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers  travel cross country to Landover will be the seventh best match up of the season.

Last year, the Redskins returned to the playoffs after a five-year drought from January football. However, playoff football and division crowns were almost automatic for both franchises during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

From 1981-1991, the two franchises combined to win 12 division titles, eight NFC Championships, and seven Super Bowls.

Both teams struggled to live up to their hype from decades of success after the turn of the century, however, as they combined for only five postseason appearances until last year.

When Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick were at the epicenter of the read-option revolution last season, though, you knew that a 49ers-Redskins match up this season would be on the forefront of everyone’s minds, including Harrison.

“Several elements make this contest one to earmark. The Niners and Redskins each won their divisions in 2012 with spectacular quarterback play from Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III, respectively. The franchises also share much postseason history and — if you’re into such things — represent a classic clash of 1980s-esque unis. Most importantly, however: Who isn’t curious to learn whether Kaepernick and RG3 — as well as the offenses and formations they run, like the ‘The Pistol’ — are flashes in the pan or the real deal?”

Last year’s season finale against the Dallas Cowboys almost felt like a throwback to the 1980’s as the two teams battled for the NFC East title. Winner moves on, loser packs up and heads home.

Of course the Redskins would beat the Cowboys 28-18 and Harrison believes that whenever the two play their second game in their home and home series this year, it could have the same implications this time around.

“Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins (second meeting): They played two fun games last year. This one could be for the NFC East crown — again.”

Could it be deja vu for the Burgandy and Gold once again?

We’ll soon find out.

Check back with the Redskins official website  tonight as the league unveils the 2013 schedule at 8pm.

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