Can Redskins avoid another MNF horror show?

Ben Krimmel
December 03, 2018 - 11:19 am
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Most NFL fans get excited about seeing their team play in primetime and on national TV for Monday Night Football. Well, most except for Redskins fans. 

Washington has been abysmal when playing on Mondays in recent years: They are 1-9 in their last 10 games and have lost six-straight.

When asked about his gut feeling on the Redskins chances against the Eagles, Danny Rouhier said, "It's not good."

"On Monday Night Football they are a disaster," Rouhier said Monday on 106.7 The Fan. "It's a big game (and) this is not what the Redskins do well... This is the 'everything's on the line, you've had a little extra time to prepare, nothing matters more than this game tonight' (and they) lay the turd. That's what it feels like to me. I have a terrible feeling about this."

And Rouhier isn't wrong to have these bad feelings as the stats are appalling.

 

And, of course, earlier this season the Redskins were routed on MNF in New Orleans during Drew Brees' coronation as the NFL's all-time passing leader

Grant Paulsen disagreed with Rouhier arguing the MNF "thing is kinda fake" and the time and date of a given game doesn't matter as much as the opponent. 

"To me, when you play on Monday night generally you're playing against pretty good opponents. That's why it's on Monday night," Paulsen said. "I get the fear 'cause I have it as well. The first thing I think is, 'Oh, it's Monday night they're gonna get embarrassed.' That's the first thing I think."

But, Paulsen adds, rationally speaking there is no difference between a one o'clock game and a primetime game. 

However, the awful numbers will do little to sway many Redskins fans to Paulsen's side of the argument: Since 2008, the Redskins have lost six times on Monday night by 17 points or more, per Dan Steinberg.

On Monday night in Philadelphia, the Redskins can change the MNF narrative, and the direction of their season.

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