Hurricane Joaquin forcing NFL to explore options for Eagles-Redskins

AP

NFL officials are exploring options involving Sunday’s Eagles-Redskins game in case Hurricane Joaquin impacts the D.C. area this weekend, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The league is “monitoring the forecast and having discussions with both teams,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the paper.

Though Aiello declined to say what options are being explored, making weather-related contingency plans is not new to those in the NFL office who handle such things.

Two games in the last five years have been moved to Detroit’s Ford Field due to heavy snow elsewhere. The entire Saints’ 2005 home schedule was moved due to damage Hurricane Katrina caused to the Superdome, and two Dolphins games have been postponed or delayed due to hurricane-like conditions in South Florida.

Forecast models differ on what kind of extreme weather the hurricane could bring to the D.C. area and when it may arrive.

Big Ten Network already canceled on-site coverage of Saturday night’s Michigan-Maryland game in College Park, Md., due to uncertainty about weather conditions, and the Big Ten Conference is considering moving or postponing the game depending on the severity of conditions. College Park is about seven miles north of FedEx Field, where the Eagles and Redskins are scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Sunday.

62 responses to “Hurricane Joaquin forcing NFL to explore options for Eagles-Redskins

  1. They should just skip the Eagles/Washington game. It will make no difference in the standings because they have both already won all the games they are going to win this year.

  2. oh that’s nice…so if the Redskins and Eagles game does play, that means Cousins has to throw in windy weather which means more interceptions

  3. bigbenh8tr says:
    Sep 30, 2015 4:38 PM
    THis makes sense but the Big Ten scheduling does not.

    Not supposed to make landfall until Sunday AM
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    I hope you do realize that weather is somewhat unpredictable and that all weather forecasts, despite all the technology, are just calculated best-guesses. Just because the brunt of the hurricane is expected Sunday, doesn’t mean it’s going to be sunshine with no wind ahead of the storm.

  4. Postpone it or move it to a neutral venue. If it was an Eagles home game I’d say move it to State College, but I think the Redskins would probably not be happy with that idea.

  5. “It will make no difference in the standings because they have both already won all the games they are going to win this year”

    Not true. They play each other twice so one team is either going to get two more wins or both teams are going to get one win. You might want to think things through before making stupid statements.

  6. finfan87 says:
    Sep 30, 2015 4:48 PM

    Postpone it or move it to a neutral venue. If it was an Eagles home game I’d say move it to State College
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    Not fair to make these two teams play in a stadium that still reeks of cover up.

  7. Beaver Stadium hold 110,000. The Eagles and ‘Skins would probably half fill the giant stadium. If that.

  8. The teams could just switch home and away dates. I suppose Philly is close enough to DC that there could be uncertainty over whether the weather in Philly would be good enough to play in. It would make the Redskins have a 4-game road trip but that would be balanced out later on. Probably the fairest way to do things. Otherwise you’re taking away one of the Redskins’ home games.

  9. Cowboys will be in New Orleans that day…

    Move it to Dallas… no home field advantage for either team…

    And Jerrah can cash in…

  10. “It will make no difference in the standings because they have both already won all the games they are going to win this year”

    Not true. They play each other twice so one team is either going to get two more wins or both teams are going to get one win. You might want to think things through before making stupid statements.
    ====

    Technically, they could tie twice. Just sayin’.

  11. “Technically, they could tie twice. Just sayin’”

    The odds against that happening are higher than the odds of either team winning the Super Bowl.

  12. psubeerman21 says:
    Sep 30, 2015 5:25 PM

    How about its only rain so go play the game
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    Weather reports say there could be signficant flooding in Maryland. They don’t want people attempting to drive to the stadium.

  13. Much ado about nothing.

    It will be a tropical storm by the time it reaches Washington.

    This rain shouldn’t stop anything. Think of the crap the Eagles took a few years ago for postponing a game because of a little snow.

  14. Forecast is 62 and partly cloudy in Foxboro on Sunday and Pats are on bye week. I suppose the concern would be that more Eagles fans would make the drive. Both teams are on the Patriots schedule and there would be no problem bugging either locker room.

  15. Hey NFL…the Lions play at Seattle Monday night, so Ford Field is available once again and, like the other two games that were moved here due to weather, we’ll be great hosts. Bring it here!

  16. Another NFL thoughtless happening. This commishner is killing the game and a hurricane that far north in October is far far fetched. You need warm waters for a happening.

  17. MetLife is available Sunday, easy trip. But why not just give them the bye and have them play week 8?

  18. Next week’s games are going to be rescheduled due to poor air quality. I look forward to the Redskins winning a mudder and I would be angry if they rescheduled a game we clearly hv the advantage. They cant beat us in a ground and pound game.

  19. People need to relax..I know it’s fun to talk something up to get people to tune in but from what most reliable weather reports (oxymoron) Landover will get a windy spritz on Sunday.

  20. So what if there is going to be some flooding? By that logic there should never be any football game played in any type of inclement weather, lest people get hurt in their attempt to get to the game. How about you play the dumb game and let people decide if they want to go. This type of evaluation happens all the time in all sports. How is this any different?

  21. fickbro says:
    Sep 30, 2015 6:30 PM

    Both teams have week 8 bye. Simple solution

    Genius; then the Redskins can go to Foxboro the following week…

  22. “Much ado about nothing.

    It will be a tropical storm by the time it reaches Washington.”
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    Nonsense. This is likely to be a strong Category 2 hurricane when it hits land. Nobody knows what it will be when it gets to DC. It’s likely that this could still be a hurricane when it arrives at the capitol.

    People in that area shouldn’t be taking this thing lightly. Hurricanes and tropical storms often spawn a massive amount of tornadoes that can hit at any time; especially in the northeast quadrant of the storm.

  23. “It will make no difference in the standings because they have both already won all the games they are going to win this year”

    Not true. They play each other twice so one team is either going to get two more wins or both teams are going to get one win. You might want to think things through before making stupid statements.
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    Steve, while you’re calling people names, did you ever consider there’s the possibility (albeit slight) one or both games could end in a TIE??? Entirely possible the way both teams look right now.

  24. The mouthbreathers saying a tropical storm, or perhaps a hurricane, is “only a little rain” make me shudder for future of our country. Tough guys all, I’m sure. I bet they would be cavalier about their kids getting electrocuted while playing in a thunderstorm, too.

    Yes football is an all weather sport, that does not mean being stupid about weather extremes. At least to most people.

  25. First of all when has any weather forecast for the North East ever been right! Second of all the way Fed Ex Firld has looked lately at least this might help keep some of the Eagles fans away! Fed Ex is always loaded with Eagles fans when we play them and this year it’s going to be like a home game for Philly in that place Sunday so this rain will be doing the Skins a favor if it actually hits!

  26. What the NFL should probably do is what they did several years ago when a Hurricane was bearing down on Miami and a Chiefs-Dolphins game was moved from a 1:00 PM Sunday to a 7:00 PM Friday night start, in that case on 24 hours notice.

    While you could move Redskins-Eagles to November 1 (teams share an open date then), what happens if ANOTHER major storm happens to hit that weekend? That’s why I would move Eagles-Redskins to a 7:00 PM start on Friday night or if it can’t be done there a Noon or 1:00 PM start on Saturday, before the main thrust of the storm hits Sunday and Monday.

  27. thereyougo2 says:
    Sep 30, 2015 6:07 PM
    Another NFL thoughtless happening. This commishner is killing the game and a hurricane that far north in October is far far fetched. You need warm waters for a happening.

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    Um, waters are still VERY warm and in fact are at their warmest at this time of year (especially given we had the hottest weather of the entire summer right after Labor Day for the second year in a row in the northeast). The NFL has no choice but to look at contingencies as there is public safety involved.

    As noted in my other post, I would try to beat the storm by moving Eagles-Redskins up to a 7:00 PM Friday or Noon/1:00 PM Saturday start. I would not want to reschedule for November 1 only to have ANOTHER major storm hit that weekend and create bigger headaches.

  28. Not sure if anyone mentioned it but since both teams have a bye the same week, the logical thing is to just move the bye to this week and reschedule the game until week 8 when they would have taken the bye.

    And for all the ones talking about “its only rain, they should just play”. It’s not only about the teams. It’s about the safety of all the fans and personnel that travel to the game. They have to take that into account.

  29. Bunch of pansies. Just go play. it’s not like any fans will be in danger because nobody goes to Skins games anyway.

  30. No one wants to watch that crap, anyway. I’d rather watch the hurricane on tv than ever watch those teams play. That’s a sentence, not an enjoyable event.

  31. steves11
    Sep 30, 2015, 5:54 PM ADT
    “It will make no difference in the standings because they have both already won all the games they are going to win this year”

    Not true. They play each other twice so one team is either going to get two more wins or both teams are going to get one win. You might want to think things through before making stupid statements.

    Umm a tie? Stupid is as stupid does

  32. Models show Joaquin as a cat 1-2 hurricane when it makes landfall in the mid-Atlantic Sunday. Depending on the exact track, that means 70 (best case) and 110 (worst case) mph winds, on top of severe thunderstorms, flooding, the possibility of tornadoes, etc.

    I’m all for playing football in just about any weather, but I think this one qualifies as an exception.

  33. granadafan says:
    Sep 30, 2015 4:48 PM
    bigbenh8tr says:
    Sep 30, 2015 4:38 PM
    THis makes sense but the Big Ten scheduling does not.

    Not supposed to make landfall until Sunday AM
    ==============================================

    I hope you do realize that weather is somewhat unpredictable and that all weather forecasts, despite all the technology, are just calculated best-guesses. Just because the brunt of the hurricane is expected Sunday, doesn’t mean it’s going to be sunshine with no wind ahead of the storm.
    —————–

    Not to mention the fact that there is a nor’easter scheduled to come in right before so there is no guarantee that the area won’t already be flooded by Saturday morning.

  34. psubeerman21 says:
    Sep 30, 2015 7:00 PM
    So what if there is going to be some flooding? By that logic there should never be any football game played in any type of inclement weather, lest people get hurt in their attempt to get to the game. How about you play the dumb game and let people decide if they want to go. This type of evaluation happens all the time in all sports. How is this any different?
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    Having gone through Hurricane Sandy just a few years ago, this comment makes me extremely angry. Do you understand the difference between heavy rain and a HURRICANE!?!?!??

    It’s about a whole lot more than flooding.

  35. Since both teams are a dumpster fire, a hurricane would be the perfect playing conditions.

  36. mackcarrington says:
    Sep 30, 2015 4:46 PM
    This would be a great opportunity to play a game in London.

    There is already a game in london this week

  37. The players union would never let them move the bye week , because they have already worked all week this week contractually the players must have at least 4 days off for a Bye week.

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