NFL schedule 2018: Each team’s biggest game

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Washington Redskins: vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Redskins went just 1-5 in the NFC East last year, including a fairly inexplicable 18-10 loss to the New York Giants in Week 17 to take away the chance to salvage a .500 record. That also wound up being the final game for Kirk Cousins in a Redskins’ uniform, mercifully for both sides, and Alex Smith was acquired from the Chiefs to replace him.

Cousins had solid numbers in seven starts against the Cowboys, averaging just over 274 passing yards per game and completing close to 68.5 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns, five interceptions and a 97.7 passer rating. But he went just 1-6 against the Redskins’ most important rival, while Smith is 1-2 as a starter against the Cowboys in his career in an obviously smaller sample.

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Washington has to win more division games if they want to get back toward the playoffs, plain and simple, cut and dry. The Cowboys beat them by a combined score of 71-33 in 2017, so getting a win over them would be a good idea for the Redskins in 2018. Jay Gruden’s job may ultimately depend on it.