The Redskins have returned to prime time. Thanks to an NFC East division title and the emergence of an explosive offense led by dynamic quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Redskins will play five games in prime time this season, starting with a Monday night opener at home vs. Philadelphia.

They also play at Dallas on a Sunday night, at Minnesota on a Thursday night, and have consecutive night games late in the season vs. San Francisco and then the New York Giants.

The fact that the NFL put Washington on Monday night in the season opener surely is a sign that the league anticipates Griffin recovering in time from his offseason knee surgery. By all accounts he’s ahead of schedule and the league clearly shares the optimism that he’ll return for the first game. The league clearly has to be enthused about a matchup between two creative offenses, with Washington and new Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan returns to Denver for the first time as an opposing coach since he was fired after the 2008 season. The Redskins play there on Oct. 27.

The Redskins have a potentially tough finish with road games at Atlanta and New York sandwiched around the home finale vs. Dallas.

Their bye is early in the season, coming after the fourth game.


The Redskins’ 2013 schedule:

9/9: Philadelphia (Monday night)

9/15: At Green Bay

9/22: Detroit

9/29: At Oakland

10/6: Bye

10/13: at Dallas (night)

10/20: Chicago

10/27: At Denver (4:25 p.m.)

11/3: San Diego

11/7: at Minnesota (Thursday)

11/17: at Philadelphia

11/25: San Francisco (Monday night)

12/1: New York Giants (night)

12/8: Kansas City

12/15: at Atlanta

12/22: Dallas

12/29: at New York