Expect Redskins fans to show up Monday night

Brian Tinsman
October 07, 2018 - 10:23 pm

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If the view from Bourbon Street is any indication, look for Washington Redskins fans to show up in force at the Superdome for their game vs. the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

Fans packed into Pat O'Briens on Bourbon Street in downtown New Orleans for the official road rally on Sunday night before the game:

The irony is that Redskins fans have largely stayed away from FedExField this season, causing the first team-acknowledged non-sellout ever at that stadium. In each home game this season, the Redskins have had what seems like only a smattering of fans scattered across the upper decks.

But Redskins fans have traditionally traveled well to New Orleans, which had a vocal contingent when the Redskins and Robert Griffin III opened the season there in 2012.

That seems like a lifetime ago now, but the allure of New Orleans remains, and the Redskins have a chance to recapture some of that magic. They should certainly be well-rested.

The Redskins have not played a game since defeating the Packers, 31-17, on Sept. 23. By the time they take the field again, it will have been 15 days and about seven hours between kickoffs, marking one of the longest layoffs for any team this season.

Adrian Peterson seems poised for a revenge game of sorts against his former team. Alex Smith has performed well but has yet to have a signature performance at the helm of the Redskins. With a high-scoring affair always possible vs. Drew Brees and the Saints, this could be a good time to see that happen. 

The real test likely comes on the defensive side of the ball, where the Redskins come in still ranked first in total and passing defense. They'll get another tough test vs. Brees, but will benefit from the noise made by any Redskins fans in attendance. 

Look for the burgundy and gold during crowd shots on Monday night.


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