The Eagles vs. Redskins game on Sunday marks the return of Donovan McNabb to Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins for the first time since they traded McNabb this past summer. It was less of a trade and more like the Eagles simply giving away McNabb, and he has to still feel less-than-stellar about what took place there. Now he leads the Redskins as their starting quarterback, and Philadelphia fans will see McNabb as an opponent for the first time.
The games between Philadelphia and Washington have always been intense, with both franchises permanent fixtures in the NFC East. They don’t have any kind words for each other, and when the Redskins typically come to town, there is a lot of booing to be heard at Lincoln Financial Field. There is bound to be a lot of booing during Redskins introductions on Sunday as well, but hopefully Eagles fans surprise us all and applaud McNabb for what he did while a Pro Bowl player for that franchise.
McNabb was one of the main reasons the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl a few years ago, and he continuously brought them divisional titles in the NFC East. He never won the “big game,” though, and for that he has received second billing compared to other quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Now McNabb plays for a terrible Redskins team, and even while they are losing, McNabb is looking really good in the starting quarterback role. One can only wonder what he might have been able to do had he stayed with the Eagles and had all these wide receiver weapons to work with.
So far through three games, McNabb has 833 passing yards already, even though the Redskins are just 1-2. The new-look Eagles are 2-1, led my new starting quarterback Michael Vick, a guy whom McNabb convinced ownership to bring on to the team. Vick has been on fire through these first three weeks, passing for 750 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for another 170 yards and a touchdown.
The balanced attack of the Eagles, combined with some big plays by the defense, has suddenly thrust them back up into contention for the NFL Playoffs. Now they have hopes of winning the NFC East, and need a win against Washington on Sunday. With the New York Giants struggling and the Dallas Cowboys unable to find an identity so far this season, it has left room for Philadelphia to already ascend to the top of the NFC East at this point. There is a lot of football left to play in 2010, though, so things could change a lot in a single week.
The Eagles vs. Redskins game is set to kickoff at 1:15 p.m. PST (4:15 p.m. EST) on Sunday, Oct. 3 in Philadelphia.