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Could the all-white uniforms be WFT's version of the Nats' lucky blues?

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Throughout the Washington Nationals' World Series run in 2019, many of the club's players and fans felt the alternate blue jerseys brought a sense of luck to the team.

During their magical title run, the Nats donned the blue alternates for four of their five elimination games and each of their final 13 playoff games on their way to winning the Fall Classic. 

One year later, a lucky uniform might be back in the nation's capital, although this time with the Washington Football Team.

After ditching the white-on-white uniform combination for over 10 years, the fan-favorite look returned in Week 13 for Washington's game against the previously undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. The Burgundy and Gold would go into Heinz Field and hand Pittsburgh their first loss of the season, 23-17.

This past Sunday, Washington broke out the all-white for a second week in a row, this time against San Francisco. The Football Team turned in their most dominant defensive performance of the season en route to a 23-15 victory.

When the Nationals wore their blue uniforms during their title run, the jersey brought a sense of luck where the players never felt they were going to lose while wearing them. In the two games the Football Team has worn the all-white combination, Washington's play has reflected that same confidence.

In an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay, Washington head coach Ron Rivera was asked if he felt there was a superstitious feeling behind the all-white combination. 

"Oh yeah, you can feel that way, most certainly. Athletes are all superstitious," Rivera said. "Athletes are typically known as superstitious. Guys want to put on their shoes the right way, what type of gloves they prefer to wear, everything. If there's a little bit of history with it, then so be it."

 

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Several Washington players have loved the white-on-white look, as it comes with a specific freshness to it. Rivera is a big fan of the combo, too.

"I do appreciate the white-on-white, I really do," Rivera said. "I'm a big fan of the white-on-white for several reasons. Some of the places I've been before, we've had success wearing them."

After Washington's big win over Pittsburgh, Rivera was asked why he decided that matchup was the perfect time to roll out the all-white look. 

"I was waiting for a big game," Rivera responded.

With just three weeks left in the regular season, Washington now sits in sole possession of first place in the NFC East, controlling their own destiny. Every game from here on out can be classified as a "big" one.

Washington has been on the road for both games they've sported the all-white uniforms. That isn't too much of a change, as the white tops have been the team's road look for years.

As Washington returns home this weekend for their first game at FedExField in over a month, Rivera told Finlay he didn't envision wearing burgundy-on-burgundy against Seattle. There isn't that same history behind that look as there are the all-whites.

But, during the legendary Joe Gibbs' tenure as head coach, Washington wore their white uniforms at home, too.

Could Rivera bring that look back this season? We'll have to find out.

"Too bad we don't have a blue home team uniform," Rivera joked. "I'll have to call the Nats and see if I can get some of theirs."