It’s only a trap game when a tremendously great team is playing a mediocre-to-poor team. The hope of bookies and underdog enthusiasts everywhere is that the favorite comes in unenthusiastic, unmotivated, and unprepared to face a team they should crush.
And this is what a lot of folks are calling the Saints-Redskins game today; a trap for the undefeated Saints to fold up against a capable-yet-confused Washington team that has very little to prove beyond being worth the time and remaining energy of rooting interest.
I don’t think anyone outside of the Capital Beltway is rooting for anything close in this contest. The diehard ‘Skins fans will say they want a win, and in their desperation for something positive to amount out of this season, they will mean it. But those lukewarm transients that casually cheer on the burgundy and gold?
They’ll be cheering for the black and gold to light it up.
Seriously, do you really want to see the league’s best offense slowed by a team playing without its true franchise quarterback, it’s true head coach, and with a slew of injured salary cap pirates? Do you really want a possible undefeated Super Bowl match-up between these Saints and the Indianapolis Colts spoiled by a team that has proved little more than an NFC East sideshow?
You might. Squad allegiance is a beautiful thing. But just as attractive is an allegiance to good football, and the Saints will bring plenty of it to Washington.