Christmas isn’t the only headline event this weekend. The Philadelphia Eagles host Washington Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Even though the Eagles are a lowly 6-8, they still have a chance to win the division if they can beat Washington. That means folks around the Delaware Valley will be adjusting their holiday revelry to make room for the 8:25 p.m. game.
Janice Brenner and her clan will gather around the TV at their Warminster home for a little family bonding Saturday night. It’ll be almost like a second Christmas, she said.
“There’s 14 of us,” said Brenner. “We eat, we drink, we watch the Eagles. It’s fun! It’s a family day.”
Brenner, however, isn’t high on the Eagles chances. Instead, she’s holding out for a better draft pick.
Wayne Kosik of Warminster is more sanguine.
“I think the Eagles are gonna win this week,” he said. “I like the way they’ve been playing. They’ve been playing good. They had a bump in the road last week, but I think they’re gonna take Washington.”
Mayor Michael Nutter didn’t offer a prediction, but did say he’d be watching one of the last games the Eagles will play during his mayoral reign.
“They’re still in the hunt. They’re still in the fight in the NFC East,” said the mayor. “I’m hopeful for the Eagles on Saturday.”
The Eagles last played Washington Oct. 4 and lost 23-20 due to a last-minute Washington touchdown.
But perhaps history offers some solace.
The Eagles last played on the day after Christmas in 1993. They were also 6-8 heading into that game. And they won, besting the New Orleans Saints 37-26.
Prior to that, Philadelphia played two other games on post-Christmas day. In 1982, they beat the hated Dallas Cowboys 24-20. And, in 1960, they defeated the Green Bay Packers 17-13 at Franklin Field for their second and most recent NFL championship.
Indeed, according to our research, the Eagles are perfect 3-0 the day after Christmas. A good omen? We can only hope.
What: The Philadelphia Eagles versus the Washington Redskins
When: Saturday at 8:25 pm
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
TV: NFL Network
What’s at stake: If the Eagles win and beat the New York Giants next week, they win the NFC East and make the playoffs. If the Eagles lose, they’re eliminated from playoff contention.
If the Eagles win this week and lose next week they could still win the division — but only if Washington loses next week, as well.