National Football League notes: Redskins announce preseason schedule

"Pre-season games are an important time to evaluate talent, especially as some of our newest Bengals take the field for the first time", said Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin in the release. The Redskins did beat Baltimore last season 16-10 as well as in 2015 during the preseason (31-13). Playing in Baltimore and/or Washington is much like a home game for both teams.

The other AFC team they play, the Cincinnati Bengals, is one of their home games. This game will be nationally televised.

In a schedule the National Football League released Monday the Bengals also host the Chiefs the weekend of August 17-21 and travel to Indianapolis for the annual pre-season finale against the Colts on August 31 or September 1. In this case it will be a trip to Washington, D.C. against former coordinator Jay Gruden, who the Bengals played in London last season.

The Redskins will conclude the preseason in Tampa for the second time in as many seasons. The Redskins dealt the Packers a 42-24 defeat on Sunday Night Football in Week 11 last season.

Interesting factoid: in 1972 Washington beat Green Bay for the NFC division.

The matchup with Koetter's Bucs fuels speculation for the Bengals hosting two practices with the team they face in the opener.

Cincinnati will open with Tampa Bay and Kansas City before closing the preseason traveling to Washington and the traditional final game at Indianapolis. In fact, it's unusual for Washington to not play the Bucs during a season or preseason.

  • Julie Sanders