Tonight, round about 11:00pm eastern, someone is going to be very disappointed. If the Redskins win, it won’t just be the Eagles and their bipolar fans. Media types who have openly ridiculed Sherman Lewis for having spent the last few years serving his community (bingo at a retirement home, meals-on-wheels) will hopefully wonder if their backhanded swipes at Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato were appropriate. They should be wondering that now, but only an upset will keep them from ridiculing Lewis further. After all, if they want to ridicule Snyder and Cerrato, why do so in a way that effectively demeans honorable service Lewis has provided to society? The latest culprit was USA Today, but there were others in the electronic media.
Another group which won’t appreciate a Redskins’ win tonight is comprised of those who figure the Eagles will surely cover 7 points, and therefore bet on them to do so. Anyone who made that bet deserves to lose some money. I hope they bet their paychecks, not that I endorse gambling.
If the Eagles win they’ll be back in the NFC East hunt. They have a lot to play for, to be sure. Regardless, I don’t think tonight’s game hinges on their motivation. I think it hinges largely on the amount of negative motivation the Redskins’ players can ignore. Hopefully, they’re deaf and blind as far as the media is concerned. Hopefully, all the offense and special teams are thinking about is executing whatever plays are called to perfection. Hopefully, the defense is only thinking about how many green and silver bodies they can render half unconscious. Any Skins’ fans up for Body Bag Game II? Okay already, I don’t want to see anyone get injured. I’m not an Eagles’ fan after all. But, seeing a half dozen helped off the field ’cause they can’t get their bearings wouldn’t bother me one iota.
Not that it matters, but I’ve got Chris Cooley and the Redskins’ defense starting on my fantasy team. It’s a paid league, and I’m looking up at the rest of the league. I need 25 points to win this week. I benched Brian Westbrook. So, while I didn’t put any money on this game, my football knowledge pride is riding on it. That fact alone means I have to predict a Skins’ upset. With the circus (Mike & Mike) in town, how can I not?
The left side of my brain says the Eagles will win, but that they’ll do so by two field goals and won’t cover the spread. The right side of my brain says the Redskins will win by 3 as their defense puts the hammer down on McNabb, and David Akers continues to be inconsistent. Of course, I could have the whole left brain/right brain thing reversed. That wouldn’t surprise me.
You know what? I’m going with the right side of my brain. I’m doing so for three reasons: No one really knows what to expect from the Eagles, I know the Redskins have the talent to win, and last but not least – I’m left-handed. Skins 20 Eagles 17. Go Skins!