Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, November 11, seven days before the Redskins take on the Eagles at FedEx Field.
Who should you root for?
This is the one NFL weekend where Redskins fans can sit back and watch the rest of the league play as their team is on a bye. As always, the games involving NFC East teams are of the most interest and, according to the TV listings that I have both of the games with division teams are being televised in the DC area.
At 1:00 we have the Giants visiting Cincinnati. Bengals may be cats but today they are dogs, home dogs that is, by four points. Eli Manning hasn’t done much in the last three games except, well, throw that one game-winning bomb to Victor Cruz against the Redskins. New York is in first place but if they lose only two games will separate them from last place.
The Redskins will be in last place after today’s games no matter with happens but they will be joined by the loser of today’s Cowboys-Eagles game. Both of those teams are 3-5 and in various states of disarray. After Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie declared that an 8-8 record would not be good enough for And Reid to keep his job, the longtime Philly coach is rapidly running out of rope.
Down in the Lone Star State, ex-Dallas coach turned FOX studio analyst Jimmy Johnson took a shot at his old team by saying that there is “no fear” in Valley Ranch.
"All the players in this league think they’re self-motivated and that’s a bunch of bull because there are only a handful that are self-motivated," Johnson said on the Dan Patrick radio show. "So you’ve got to motivate these players through some respect but the No. 1 motivator is fear. Fear of letting down your teammates, being embarrassed or fear of losing the job. Where is the fear in Dallas? There’s no fear in Dallas. It’s a country club where everybody is buddies."
So who should Redskins fans root for when the country club Cowboys visit the underachieving Eagles? On the one hand, it is probably better that the Eagles visit FedEx Field coming off of a loss. They seem to be an emotionally fragile bunch and there seems to be no bottom when it comes to how ugly things could get in the City of Brotherly Love.
On the other hand, it’s never a bad day when the Cowboys lose, so take your pick.
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Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 7; Thanksgiving @ Cowboys 11; Monday night vs. Giants @ FedEx Field 22; Ravens vs. Redskins @ FedEx Field 26