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Could The Redskins Begin The 2012 Season On A Wednesday Night?

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

If recent patterns hold true, there’s a possibility the Washington Redskins could begin the 2012 season with a mid-week road game.

The NFL announced Tuesday afternoon that the upcoming season will begin with a single game on Wednesday, Sept. 5 – one hosted by the defending champion New York Giants.

The decision was made to avoid conflicts with President Obama’s Thursday-night speech at the Democratic National Convention. The season has started on a Thursday every year since 2002, and according to the NFL, the last time a game was played on a Wednesday was the season opener in 1948, when the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Detroit Lions 44-7.

Washington has played an NFC East opponent in the first game of the season each of the last four years, including three against the Giants. The two teams even began the 2008 season, Jim Zorn’s first of two as the head coach, with the Thursday night opener – a 16-7 Giants victory.

Of course, the NFL likes to start the season with a marquee game, and by virtue of their 5-11 finish in 2011, the Redskins don’t necessarily fit the bill. Two of those wins did come against the Giants, however.

The NFL will release the full league schedule in April.