Redskins release 2017 schedule, will host Thanksgiving game for first time ever

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For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Redskins will play a home game on Thanksgiving. Those include at least one for the New York Giants, who will play the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving.

The Redskins will not be playing the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, as they did previous year. If that becomes an early season game (quite possibly the Chargers' home opener), the Chargers will be fired up in an effort to beat Washington. My bet is that they open on Sunday or Monday night; The NFL wouldn't want to waste the opportunity to pit the two teams (and their massive fan bases) against each other on prime time TV.

The Redskins will also be on "Monday Night Football" in Week 7, in Philadelphia, and in addition to the Thanksgiving night game, will play on Thursday night the next week as well, visiting the Dallas Cowboys.

During that stretch, Washington starts with a showdown against Oakland on Sunday Night Football before traveling to Kansas City for a Monday Night Football.

The San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams are winnable games for Washington.

Big Blue will be spending their Thanksgiving on the road this year.

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Washington makes three trips to the West Coast, but the schedule has been spread out to avoid the tight turnarounds that characterized the 2016 season. Four of those six teams made the playoffs past year and Philly on a Monday night is a brutal draw for an "easy" game.

All in all, for Giants fan and Redskins fans alike, this Thursday Night game is undoubtedly something to be thankful for.

In case you missed it, the Redskins preseason schedule is below.

The game will also feature an upcoming rivalry between cornerback Janoris Jenkins and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, who shared some rather unpleasant exchanges a season ago.

Week 11 at New Orleans, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24 vs. DENVER BRONCOS (CBS) 1:00 p.m.

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