Last year the Redskins broke on top with a 7-1 start, and they'll have to come out flying again because the first six games stack up like this: Carolina and Pittsburgh on the road, Arizona at home in the first game at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium (no pushover, because the Cardinals have won seven of the last eight meetings), Jacksonville at home, Philadelphia on the road and Dallas in a Monday nighter at home.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
NFL rank: 15
Opponents' 1996 winning percentage: .496
Games against playoff teams: 7