For Immediate Release
April 4, 2012


ASHBURN, Va. – The National Football League announced its 2012 preseason schedule today, and the Washington Redskins’ four-game slate begins with road contests against the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears in Weeks 1 and 2 and finishes with home games against the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Weeks 3 and 4. Specific dates and times for all games will be determined at a later date.
The meeting between the Redskins and Bills will be the 16th between the teams in preseason play all-time. The Redskins hold an 8-5 advantage in the preseason series with the Bills, having last faced them in Week 1 of the 2010 preseason. That game was Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan’s first preseason game with Washington, resulting in a 42-17 Redskins’ victory.

The Redskins face the Bears in Week 2 in the teams’ first preseason meeting since 1976. The Redskins are 4-7 against the Bears all-time in preseason play. The last Redskins’ preseason victory against the Bears came on Sept. 9, 1973, when the Redskins defeated the Bears, 17-3.

Washington’s preseason home opener at FedExField is scheduled for Week 3, when the Redskins will face the Colts in the preseason for a team-record-setting 21st time in preseason play. With a 16-3 preseason win in Indianapolis last season, the preseason record between the Redskins and Colts stands even at 10-10. The game will feature the two teams currently holding the first two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.