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Hurricane Joaquin could force Eagles and Redskins to move their bye up to Week 4

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This wouldn't be good.

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As mentioned earlier, the looming threat of Hurricane Joaquin has caused the NFL to develop contingency plans in case Sunday's scheduled game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins cannot be played. One of those plans, according to Jason La Canfora, involves the Eagles and Redskins moving their bye week to now and rescheduling the game for Week 8, when both teams currently have a bye.

This option would not seem to be preferable for either side. Both teams have already begun preparing for their Week 4 game. Forcing them to have a bye now would essentially be robbing them of a true bye week since their preparations have already begun.

Keep in mind an official decision has not been made yet, and it remains to be seen if the storm will even force one. Until then, it will be interesting to see how the NFL handles this situation.

UPDATE: Here's another potential option.