Will the Eagles-Redskins game be moved, rescheduled due to Hurricane Joaquin?
No determination has yet been made, but if the hurricane hits land Sunday it could make for an interesting Week 4 in the NFL.
Remember two years ago when the Eagles pulverized the Lions ina blizzard witheight inches of snow on the field?
Snow is certainly more conducive to football than hurricanes are.
And as HurricaneJoaquin continues to slowly make it's ascent on the East Coast, with differing predictions of where it will hit land and whether it will be a true superstorm or not, the Eagles could be sitting ducks as they prepare to face the Redskins in Washington at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Birds are getting ready for a weather-heavy game, and have not been notified of any decisions to move, postpone or alter the game in D.C. this weekend.
“There’s been nothing told to us,’’ Chip Kelly said Thursday. “We’re preparing to play on Sunday. But there’s been nothing definitive in terms of what’s going to go on. So, when they tell us what we’re doing, if the plan were to change, we’ll adjust accordingly.We’re big on, if we can’t control it, and obviously no one can control the weather, then we’ll adjust accordingly.’’
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If the game can not take place as scheduled, there are a few options.
The game could move to a neutral site, like, Detroit (though that would be a killer decision for Redskins season ticket-holders).
It could also be moved to the Eagles bye week, which happens to be the same as the Redskins in Week 8. But the NFLPA would likely not be pleased with that option.
They could also swap home games with Washington -- the Skins are slated to play in Philly in Week 16, but there is no guarantee the weather will be better in Philadelphia (New Jersey already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the storm).
The most likely option, and hopefully the safest one, is for the game to happen as planned.
In which case, it could be sloppy.
“You’re always trying to get updates and see where you are," Kelly said. "Are you preparing for wind, are you preparing for rain? Then on game day, you’re going to have to figure it out as far as which way is the wind blowing. Is it behind you, is it a cross-wind, is it behind you for two of the quarters and in your face for the other two? So you have make adjustments in the stadium.’’