THE NFL is "monitoring the forecast" and staying in touch with the teams ahead of Sunday's Eagles at Redskins game, scheduled for 1 p.m. at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., a league spokesman said.

Hurricane Joaquin could bring torrential rain and 30-plus-mph winds to the Mid-Atlantic region by then. The most logical alternative would be to move the game to Monday night (but not, Eagles fans hope, Tuesday, recalling the snow-postponed game of 2010 in which the underdog Vikings defeated the Eagles and seemed to crush that team's spirit).

CBS reporter Jason La Canfora noted that both teams have Week 8 byes, that the game could be played then, the weekend of Nov. 1. However, with both teams practicing to play this week, it would seem difficult to belatedly declare a bye for the weekend. The collective bargaining agreement says players must have at least four successive bye week days off, including Sunday, so the league would have to make such a decision before today's practices - and even then, it seems unlikely either team would be very happy with that solution.

Playing a "neutral site" game somewhere out of the hurricane's path this weekend would seem to make sense. Pretty sure Maui is available.