Between the national exposure and primetime atmosphere, many NFL fans love watching their team play on Monday Night Football.
Redskins fans do not fall in that category. The team is a dismal 2-15 in their last 17 Monday Night Football contests, with their last win coming in 2012.
But obviously, the fans don't make the schedule. So this week, Redskins fans hope the Burgundy and Gold can finally turn the narrative around when they face the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 23.
That doesn't mean Redskins fans should take Sunday off from watching football, however. There are several contests on Sunday's slate that Redskins fans should be tuning into, as the result of each game affects the same in some fashion or another
Here are five Week 3 games Redskins fans should care about:
New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4:05 p.m.)
In terms of the product on the field, this game is definitely not the best football game one can watch on Sunday. But this is a game Redskins fans should absolutely tune in for.
Eli Manning has been benched for the Giants; rookie Daniel Jones will make his first career NFL start. The Giants play the Redskins right around the corner in Week 4. With this game being the only regular-season action Jones will have prior to next week's Redskins-Giants matchup (besides mop-up duty in the Giants' Week 1 loss vs. Dallas), fans of the Burgundy and Gold will want to see what the rookie can do.
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (1 p.m.)
Why should Redskins fans have an interest in an AFC North matchup between the best team in football and one of the worst? Well, the mighty Patriots are coming to FedExField in just three weeks.
Through two weeks, New England has looked as good as anyone. They opened the season embarrassing Pittsburgh, 33-3. Things went the same way a week later, as the Patriots went down to Miami and shut them out, 43-0.
Down their starting QB as well as their backup, the Jets may not challenge the Patriots any more than the other teams did. But it's worth seeing how the Patriots perform, as the Redskins will see the defending Super Bowl champs in just a few short weeks.
Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m.)
For Redskins fans, any Eagles game should always be worth tuning in for. If nothing else, they are a divisional foe, so fans should be aware of what the birds do every week of the season.
But this contest has a chance to be a really solid football game in general. The Lions pulled off a surprise upset a week ago, knocking off the Los Angeles Chargers, 13-10. The Eagles were bitten by the injury bug a week ago in a loss vs. Atlanta, and will be without some key contributors for Sunday's matchup. DeSean Jackson and Timmy Jernigan will not be suiting up. Alshon Jeffery and Corey Clement will likely to be held out as well.
As one of the more intriguing games during the 1 p.m. slate, this is not a bad option for Redskins fans to watch.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins (1 p.m.)
If you're not a Cowboys or a Dolphins fan (believe it or not, there may still be some Miami fans out there), you'll probably have a hard time keeping your eyes glued to this one. Dallas looks like one of the league's best teams, while Miami may not win a game all season.
But the Redskins play the Dolphins in less than a month, and the Cowboys are the Burgundy and Gold's biggest rival. Those alone are two excuses to watch this football game for Redskins fans, even if the game will be out of reach for Miami by halftime.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1 p.m.)
This game may not directly impact the Redskins, but it's by far the best football game of the day. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are two of the league's brightest stars and promise to put on a show in what should be an incredible early-season matchup.
With it only being Week 3, it's way too early to look at potential wild card implications for the Redskins for one to watch a less-exciting, random NFC game over this one. So sit back on your couch, grab a drink, and enjoy some high-quality AFC football.
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