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Washington Football Team's 2021 season schedule released; opener will be against LA Chargers at FedEx Field

The Washington Football Team will host the Chargers to kick off the 2021 season, and FedEx Field is expected to operate at full capacity.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Football Teams has released their 2021 regular season schedule, and will open at home at FedEx Field against the Los Angeles Chargers at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12.

This will be the first time since 2016 that Washington will face an AFC opponent to open up their season. Washington has played divisional foe Philadelphia in Week 1 in three of the past four years.

This will be a matchup against the reigning AP offensive rookie of the year, Justin Herbert and reigning AP defensive rookie of the year, Chase Young; it's only the fourth time ever that has happened in Week 1.

The Washington Football Team intends to reopen FedEx Field to fans at full capacity during the 2021 season. Save for a few games in 2020 where very limited fan attendance was allowed, home games were played in an empty stadium throughout the pandemic. At full capacity, FedEx can host 82,000 fans

Washington will host the New York Giants in an NFC East divisional game in week 2. This will be the first time Washington will open a season with back-to-back home games since 2016.

Here's what the The Washington Football Teams entire preseason and regular season schedule:

Preseason: 

August 12th: at New England Patriots

TBD: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

TBD: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Regular Season:

Week 1 (September 12th) vs. San Diego Chargers 

Week 2: September 16th: vs. New York Giants 

Week 3: September 26th: at Buffalo Bills

Week 4: October 3rd: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 5: October 10th: vs. New Orleans Saints 

Week 6: October 17th: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 7: October 24th: at Green Bay Packers

Week 8: October 31st: at Denver Broncos

Week 9: BYE WEEK

Week 10: November 14th: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 11: November 21st: at Carolina Panthers

Week 12: November 29th: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 13: December 5th: at Las Vegas Raiders

Week 14: December 12th: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Week 15: TBD: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 16: December 26th: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 17: January 2nd: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 18: January 9th: at New York Giants

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Washington will not play on Thanksgiving Day this year, despite playing on the holiday four of the last five seasons. Washington's Thanksgiving games stand at a 4-8 record. However, Washington's most recent Thanksgiving Day game was a 41-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. 

Washington is also not part of the NFL London games. The NFL announced that this matchup will feature the New York Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The rest of the 2021 NFL schedule will be released at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN and NFL Network. 

Tickets are currently on sale for WFT's week 1 game, and there are no fees on tickets until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13.

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