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Sunday Night Football open thread: Football Team at Eagles

Can Washington win with the division on the line?

NFL: SEP 13 Eagles at Washington Football Team Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NFC East has been the worst division in football by a longshot, and we get to finish off the 2021 season with a showdown for the division title.

Somehow, some way, the Washington Football Team is on the brink of a playoff berth. In any other division, Washington would be sitting as the third or fourth best team with a record of 6-9. Should Washington win tonight and reach 7-9, they will make the playoffs as the NFC East winners. If they falter and lose tonight, the division instead goes to Giants. Washington has had four starting quarterbacks this season, with Taylor Heinicke getting the nod with the season on the line. Dwayne Haskins started the season, followed by Alex Smith and Kyle Allen. Tonight, it looks like they’re getting their best of the bunch, Alex Smith, back.

Washington isn’t the only team featuring a different starting quarterback. When Washington faced the Philadelphia Eagles back in Week 1, it was Haskins versus Carson Wentz. Tonight, Jalen Hurts gets the nod for the Eagles. Philadelphia will have a tough—and costly—decision ahead of them regarding Wentz. Do you take the cap hit in order to move him, or do you let him sit disgruntled on the bench as the highest paid backup in the league? With the division out of reach, tonight’s game is more about playing spoiler and assessing what they have going forward.

Here’s how to watch tonight’s game:

Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field - Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sidelines)
Online: NBCSports.com