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Redskins vs. Giants: Who should Philadelphia Eagles fans root against?

And no, you're not allowed to say "tie."

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One of the more unique game-day experiences for Philadelphia Eagles fans comes when the Birds aren't even playing. Instead, it's when two rival non-Philadelphia NFC East teams are set to square off. One of those interesting experiences is scheduled to take place tonight as the New York Giants (1-2) are in Washington to take on the Redskins (1-2). It's a Thursday Night Football match-up featuring the bottom two teams in the current NFC East standings.

Usually when two NFC East teams face off it's easier for Eagles fans to root for the team with the worse record. That way the team with the better record has a worse chance at being better than the Eagles. In this case, however, it's early in the season and both teams have the same record: 1-2.

So who should Eagles fans be rooting against harder? Let's take a look.

Root against Washington

This is the one that I think makes most sense. Washington played the Eagles tough on Sunday and, outside of their Week 1 loss to the Houston Texans, they have looked OK. Washington might pose the bigger threat to the Eagles this season. DC losing tonight would drop them down to 0-2 in both the NFC East and the NFC. That would be very advantageous to the Eagles should Washington, who is in possession of a last place schedule, find a way to rebound later in the season. Plus it might just be easiest to root against the team that Chris Baker, who committed the cheap shot on Nick Foles, plays on.

Rooting against the Giants

The Giants are currently 0-2 in the NFC but haven't played a division game yet. New York earned their first win of the season last week with a victory over the Houston Texans. I'm not sure the Giants look as threatening as they might have in the offseason, but it wouldn't be great for Eagles fans to see them get on a 2-0 winning streak and finish Week 4 as 1-0 in the division.


No. Don't say tie. First of all, it's just unrealistic. Second, it's boring. Third, it's not the most helpful. It's less damaging if both teams tie. It's more damaging if one team loses, and that's for the best.




Rooting against Washington is probably for the best. At the least, Eagles fans can agree upon this: one NFC East team will lose tonight and that's a win-win.


Game information

TV Schedule

Date: September 25, 2014
Game time: 8:25 p.m. EST
Channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland.

Online Streaming

Audio Pass | NFL Rewind

Replay on NFL Game Rewind


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