Pretty soon, everybody will be watching. It's Eagles-Redskins on Monday Night Football at FedEx Field, and make no mistake, the players still love it, even if the Sunday night game has grown in stature the last couple of years. This marks the first NFC East game for the Eagles, who are 3-2 after that brutal loss to Oakland last Sunday. The Redskins are 2-4 and 0-1 in the division.
A game in the national spotlight couldn't come at a worse time for Washington. The Redskins are team turmoil. Owner Daniel Snyder and his sidekick Vinny Cerrato stripped coach Jim Zorn of his play-calling duties after last week's loss to Kansas City. His replacement, Sherman Lewis, has been retired for five years and has been calling Bingo games at a retirement center in Michigan. To think that Lewis can seamlessly transition back to calling plays for an offense he truly doesn't know with personnel he only met on Oct. 6 when Snyder hired him as an offensive consultant is stupid and foolish. Lewis will be calling plays from the coach's box at FedEx Field and relaying them to offensive coordinator Sherman Smith, who will send the plays in to quarterback Jason Campbell. That should be interesting. Expect a handful of delay of game penalties against the Redskins. They are.
Meanwhile, the Eagles will be going against a Redskins team that ranks fifth in the league allowing 16.0 points per game and 287.0 yards per game. Washington's defense hasn't been the problem. It's been the offense. They have three weapons: Tight end Chris Cooley, wide receiver Santana Moss and running back Clinton Portis. If the Eagles take away Cooley -- and that's a big 'if' given the Birds' recent activity against tight ends -- they should have a relatively easy night. The Redskins have had trouble scoring all season, averaging 13.2 points per game, which is the fourth-worst in the NFL.
But somehow, these Eagles-Redskins games are always close. Eight of the last nine have been decided by nine points or fewer, and the Eagles have only won three of those close ones. And there was last year's 10-3 dud at FedEx Field. The only blowout was on Nov. 12, 2006, when the Eagles won at home 27-3. I'd imagine something like that would occur tonight.
The one thing for sure is everyone will be watching.
"Everybody's watching," Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker told me last week. "Mom's watching. Grandma's watching. The dog's watching. I'm just kidding, but it's fun. It's going to be exciting."