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When: Monday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern (ESPN)
The defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks visit Washington in Week 5 for Monday Night Football—the first time Jon Gruden will be calling a regular-season game in which his brother Jay is the sidelines as a head coach.
The last time the Seahawks flew in to FedEx was a dark day in Redskins history.
It was the NFC Wild Card Game in January 2013. A 14-point lead was squandered. The playing surface was an abomination. The Redskins' franchise, rookie quarterback tore his ACL while his counterpart from Seattle, Russell Wilson, calmly led his team from behind to advance to the NFC Divisional Round. Final: 24-14.
After the game, Redskins tackle Trent Williams and the Seahawks' chirpy cornerback, Richard Sherman got into it, which lead to Williams to sucker-punching Sherman in the face.
That one day—Jan. 6, 2013—catapulted the Redskins and Seahawks into opposite directions. Washington was a laughingstock in 2013, winning only three games. Seattle, on the other hand, won 13 regular-season games, three in the postseason and ended up hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
This game will not only be a measuring stick for the current Redskins roster, but it will also be fueled by bitter feelings from veterans who were on the field for that cold, harsh January evening.