With all the concern surrounding Hurricane Joaquin and its possible effect on the United States, the NFL has looked at potentially moving Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. But the latest weather report indicates that Mother Nature won’t force the league to do anything about the game.
According to weather.com, the U.S. East Coast is no longer included in the path for the center of Joaquin. The hurricane is a Category 4, and there are warnings for the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos islands and eastern Cuba. But it appears that there might not be any rain in store for the game at FedExField in Great Landover, Maryland.
"We are monitoring the forecast and having dialogue with both teams," a league spokesman told NFL Media.
The NFL considered moving the game to Week 8, since both the Eagles and Redskins are off that week. But that was ruled out on Thursday, since issues with the NFLPA regarding time off for the players would have made that difficult.
As of Friday morning, the league was still looking at potentially moving the location of the game. NFL.com reports that the contest could be played at Ford Field in Detroit if the weather forecast isn’t promising.
Just last year, the NFL moved the game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets to Detroit because of a snow storm in Buffalo. In 2010, the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings played at Ford Field after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed. Moving the game to Detroit would not be ideal for Washington, who would essentially lose a home game on their schedule.
One game in the D.C. metro area has already been affected because of the potential storm. The college football game between Maryland and Michigan will be played at noon on Saturday instead of 8 p.m. ET, as it was originally scheduled.