A Monday Night appearance against the hated Philadelphia Eagles would seem to be the perfect stage for a great Washington Redskins revival. Donovan McNabb has historically responded best when disrespected, and the Redskins have had a bye plus a long week to prepare for the game.
But to get it done, the Redskins have some demons of their own to escape. As Homer McFanboy's Brian Murphy pointed out last December, the Redskins have been pretty awful on Monday Night Football this decade. How bad? Try 3-10 bad.
Dec. 21, 2009: Redskins lose vs. New York Giants, 45-12
Oct. 26, 2009: Redskins lose vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 27-17
Nov. 3, 2008: Redskins lose vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6
Sept. 17, 2007: Redskins win at Philadelphia Eagles, 20-12
Sept. 11, 2006: Redskins lose vs. Minnesota Vikings, 19-16
Sept. 19, 2005 Redskins win at Dallas Cowboys, 14-13
Sept. 27, 2004: Redskins lose vs. Dallas Cowboys, 21-18
Sept. 16, 2002: Redskins lose vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 37-7
Oct. 15, 2001: Redskins lose at Dallas Cowboys, 9-7
Sept. 24, 2001: Redskins lose at Green Bay Packers, 37-0
Nov. 20, 2000: Redskins win at St. Louis Rams, 33-20
Oct. 30, 2000: Redskins lose vs. Tennessee Titans, 27-21
Sept. 18, 2000: Redskins lose vs. Dallas Cowboys, 27-21
There are a lot of non-competitive games in there: the 45-12 loss to the Giants last year (RIP Swinging Gate), the 37-7 loss to the Eagles in 2002 and the 37-0 loss to Brett Favre and the Packers in 2001. But of course, there's also the Santana Moss game in 2005, which was easily one of the top five Redskins moments of the decade. Here's hoping tonight's game is as memorable as that one, and not as forgettable as 10 of the other 12 Monday Night affairs.