October 01, 2015
When a couple of NFC East rivals go head-to-head, you will often see out-of-town fans travel to opposing stadiums in order to cheer on their teams. For example, there should be a healthy amount of Philly fans in Landover, Maryland on Sunday when the Eagles take on Washington. That is, if the game takes place there at all.
According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, one of the contingency plans currently getting tossed around by the league would be moving the Eagles-Washington game to Detroit:
One option that's been discussed for Eagles-Redskins on Sunday -- Moving the game to Ford Field in Detroit. Lions in Seattle this weekend.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 1, 2015
As Breer also pointed out, there is precedent for moving a game to the Motor City. The week before the New York Giants saw DeSean Jackson ruin their 2010 season with the memorable last-second punt return, they played the Minnesota Vikings on a Monday night after the Metrodome roof collapsed. Then last year, a Jets-Bills game was moved to Detroit when Buffalo was getting absolutely pounded with snow.
I suppose this would turn into an advantage for the Eagles, as Washington would see a home game moved to a neutral field at the last moment. They would have some extra traveling as well, though. Chip Kelly discussed the team's mindset earlier on Thursday.
The atmosphere at Ford Field would almost certainly be pretty lifeless, even if Scott Van Pelt’s description of a party is funny:
@AlbertBreer it's like the kid whose parents are always out of town. "Where can we have a party?" "Ford Field's house"— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) October 1, 2015
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