Redskins 2012 Schedule: Washington Opens Season Against New Orleans Saints

The Washington Redskins will open the 2012 NFL season with a road contest against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints will be without head coach Sean Payton, suspended for a year, and interim head coach Joe Vitt, gone for six games. Aaron Kromer, along with Drew Brees, will lead the way against Mike Shanahan's Redskins, who went 5-11 in 2011.

The Redskins don't open NFC East play until Oct. 21, when they visit the New York Giants. But that will be the only divisional game until after the team's Week 10 bye. Five of the teams' last seven games come against NFC East foes.

Here is the complete Washington Redskins 2012 schedule:

Week 1: Sept. 9 at New Orleans
Week 2: Sept. 16 at St. Louis
Week 3: Sept. 23 Cincinnati
Week 4: Sept. 30 at Tampa Bay
Week 5: Oct. 7 Atlanta
Week 6: Oct. 14 Minnesota
Week 7: Oct. 21 at New York Giants
Week 8: Oct. 28 at Pittsburgh
Week 9: Nov. 4 Carolina
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: Nov. 18 Philadelphia
Week 12: Nov. 22 at Dallas
Week 13: Dec. 3 New York Giants
Week 14: Dec. 9 Baltimore
Week 15: Dec. 16 at Cleveland
Week 16: Dec. 23 at Philadelphia
Week 17: Dec. 30 Dallas

For complete announcements of the full 2012 NFL schedule, please visit this StoryStream. Head over to Hogs Haven for more on the Redskins.

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