In six days the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants will battle on Sunday Night Football, but more importantly, it’s only seven days until the Washington Redskins square off against Philadelphia Eagles in a special time slot (7:00 p.m.) on Monday Night Football.
The four NFC East teams playing in the two biggest games of the weekend in prime time is no surprise consider that–well this is the hardest division in football after all.
This division boasts the most history in the NFL by far with only the NFC North having at least some grounds for rebuttal, but even then the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings have a combined zero Super Bowl victories. And there are some divisions (AFC South and NFC South) that have won only one more Super Bowl that the Redskins have–combined.
The Redskins, who used to be the team of the south long before the inception of the Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons among others, are trying to become the first back-to-back NFC East division champ since the Eagles when they won four-straight from 2001-2004.
NFL on ESPN weighed in on how the NFC East will shake out.
For a majority of the Redskins, having expectations this high is uncharted territory. For years, the franchise was predicted to finish last in the division and more times than not, those assumptions were proven accurate. Those days, however, appear to be long over.
After the season opener the Redskins won’t play another divisional game until Week 6 when they travel to Dallas for—yes another prime time game on Sunday Night Football. Following the Week 6 contest however, the Redskins don’t have another mid-November when they make the relatively short 150-mile trek north to Lincoln Financial Field.
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Also, if you’re into that whole past prediction indicates future performance thing and you believe that it’s lifespan extends 30-plus years—well you’re about to strike sterling silver. The first two times the Redskins hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, their season started with a victory over the Eagles.
I promise the oversaturation on season previews will end this week. You, I and everyone else just want to get the games that count going.
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