The second Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins game of the year is here on Nov. 15 with Monday night football. It’s bound to be another great game between the two teams, especially with the drama surrounding the quarterback situation on both teams still brewing beneath the surface. The fact that Donovan McNabb is returning to play the Philadelphia Eagles for the second time since getting traded has taken a back-seat to the in-fighting that has taken place in Washington lately. With Redskins coach Mike Shanahan feeling that McNabb wasn’t ready to run his two-minute drill, he created a lot of controversy by pulling his starter.
This is the second time we will get to enjoy the Eagles vs. Redskins match-up in 2010, and this one might be even more important than the first game. Washington won that first game, taking the week 4 match-up with a 17-12 win. The Eagles are a much better team than they were at that point, though, and quarterback Michael Vick has the offense operating much better than they were last time they traveled to Washington. Now Vick will lead the Eagles in front of the hometown crowd, and the Eagles are playing for a share of first place in the NFC East.
The Eagles are now 5-3 in the 2010 NFL season, just behind the New York Giants (6-3), and just ahead of the Washington Redskins (4-4). This is a game that could really hurt Philadelphia to lose, as it would give Washington the ultimate tie-breaker in the standings, and that could kill their hopes at making the NFC Playoffs. On the other side of the coin, the Eagles could tie the Giants for first place with a win, and basically push the Redskins further down in the standings. If the Eagles were to win this game and take the head-to-head tie-breaker in the process, it might be time for the Redskins to pull in the sails.
The NFC is still wide open in 2010, and with the Giants losing in embarrassing fashion to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, it has shown that teams could easily make a run through the NFC Playoffs this season. The standings look pretty odd right now, with the Atlanta Falcons holding the best record in the NFL (7-2), the Seattle Seahawks holding on to first place in the NFC West, and Chicago sharing first place in the NFC North right now. Philadelphia winning would set up an extremely interesting game next week, when they travel to play the New York Giants on Sunday night football.
Sure, there is a lot of time left in the season, but this Philadelphia vs. Washington game is a must-win for both teams. The best case scenario for the Eagles is to win this game by more than seven points, and Washington just wants to leave Philadelphia with their fifth win of the season. Both teams are in a strong position to make the postseason, and now they will have to prove that they belong in the playoff discussion in front of a national audience Monday.
The week 10 Monday night football game will begin at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET) on Nov. 15.