Do fans want Redskins to beat Eagles?

Ben Krimmel
December 28, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Another tumultuous week for the Redskins ends, closing out another tumultuous season. 

This week, a pro bowl-caliber safety announced his release from the team during an interview on 106.7 The Fan and news broke four top executives on the business side were leaving the team. This year, a once promising 6-3 start crumbled due to a mountain of injuries. 

If you are looking for a sign at how bad the Redskins season has been, this is a topic of conversation entering Week 17: Do Redskins fans want to win Sunday?

"I think the most die-hard of the die-hard want them to win," John Auville said on The Sports Junkies Friday. "But I think there's a segment of the fan base that would like to see them either lose or lose spectacularly. Basically rub it in the face of Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen." 

With the Redskins missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year, frustration continues to mount within the fan base.

While every fan takes pleasure from seeing their team perform win, especially against a division rival like the Philadelphia Eagles, a victory Sunday wouldn't salvage a lost season. But an 8-8 record and knocking the defending Super Bowl champions from playoff contention would represent a positive end.

But an embarrassing defeat at an empty FedEx Field might send a powerful message from Redskins fans to owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen: Enough is enough. (Not to mention a 7-9 record would help move up in the draft.) 

"I'd love to see them lose, like 41-3," Auville said. "And I know that's not a popular opinion amongst Redskins fans, but I think there's a small subset of fans that would like to see them embarrassed in their home finale. And have 40,000 Eagles fans in the stands and very few Skins fans." 

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Count head coach Jay Gruden among those who want to win.

A Redskins loss to the Eagles won't be good enough on it's own to get them a top 10 pick in next year's draft, as there are four teams at 6-9 (Panthers, Falcons, Broncos, Bengals), the Packers at 6-8-1, and the 7-8 Dolphins all ahead of them in the draft.

Washington will need wins from these teams to move up from their current position at 16th overall.

The question for Skins fans: Would an embarrassing defeat now be worth a slightly better pick later? 

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