So says the Worldwide Leader, anyway.
In their annual NFL preview issue, ESPN predicted that the Eagles will lose 41-0 to the division-rival Redskins, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reported.
Coincidentally — or not — the game will be broadcast on ESPN as part of their Week 1 Monday Night Football double-header.
But no need to pack it in, Eagles fans. If history is any indication, the actual outcome will be much different. Shorr-Parks did some diligent digging and came away with the following facts:
- Kelly was shut out a grand total of zero times during his four years as head coach of Oregon.
- Speaking of Oregon, Kelly’s offense managed single-digit points just once in 52 games.
- There’s only been 13 shutouts in the 158 times the Redskins and Eagles have played.
- The Redskins have not recorded a shutout — of any opponent — since 1991.
For what it’s worth, this is the only shutout ESPN foresees in the Eagles’ 2013 campaign. So just in case Philly needed some bulletin-board material for Monday night, there it is.