By Michael Bennett
The 2020 NFL season is set to begin in early September, and the league has yet to announce anything that would change that. But if the season does start on time, there’s a chance that fans won’t be allowed to attend due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Redskins head coach Ron Rivera was asked about the possibility of playing in an empty stadium, and the 58-year-old found a silver lining to the idea of it.
“If you’re the home team, you kind of wish you had your folks in the stands,” Rivera told WUSA-TV in DC. “When you have to go someplace like Dallas or Philadelphia, it might be refreshing that you don’t have their fans in the stands. That’s for darn sure.”
Dallas and Philly have two of the toughest stadiums to play in. The Eagles pack Lincoln Financial Field for every home game and have one of the most raucous fan bases in the entire league. The Cowboys have the NFL’s largest stadium, as over 100,000 people attend every Dallas home game.
The Redskins travel to Dallas in Week 12 for a Thanksgiving clash with the Cowboys. Washington heads to Philly in Week 17 to close out the season.
Washington has not won in Dallas since Week 17 of the 2015 season when the Cowboys started backup Kellen Moore in the season finale. Dallas has won seven of the last eight games between the two clubs and nine of the past 11.
Things have not gone much better in Philly, where the Redskins have not won since December of 2016. The Eagles have currently won six straight matchups against Washington, the longest winning streak in the rivalry since Philly won seven in a row from 2001-2004.