Buffalo technically played host on Sunday, but the game did not take place at Ralph Wilson Stadium, one of the NFL's oldest venues and one that compensates for what it lacks in cutting edge technology by providing an authentic viewing experience best suited for people with sizable attention spans (I'd rather watch 10 games at Ralph Wilson than one game at the new Cowboys Stadium, but I'm unapologetically nostalgic and don't need access to Wi-Fi when I attend a football game). The game was played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, and the atmosphere was decidedly lame.
I don't want to be the type of football writer who waxes poetic about the glory of the frozen tundra at Lambeau Field or dedicates entire columns to the weather conditions of conference championship games, but there is something fundamentally legitimate about grown men playing football outdoors. Sundays in fall provide the ultimate setting for America's new pastime, and on Sunday I felt cheated of what should have been a more authentic pro football experience.
If football can be played outdoors in Green Bay, where conditions often resemble those in the arctic circle; or in Seattle where mist hangs in the air like tinsel on a Christmas tree; or in Miami where 90-degree heat and 90 percent humidity often last well into November, than it can be played outdoors anywhere. From this moment forth, I shall vehemently root against any team that plays indoors and in doing so robs fans of the satisfaction that comes from watching grown men knock each other senseless in the orange glow of autumn.
And if the NFL relocates the Bills to Toronto, arguably the lamest sports city in North America, I will take the commissioner's name in vain many times over.
I mention this because the game that took place at the Rogers Centre was a bore, an absolute snoozer in which the Redskins proved that, like many of the NFL's perennial bottom-feeders, they are one franchise quarterback away from being a playoff team.
At the beginning of the season, I picked the Redskins to go 11-5 and win the NFC East, so I obviously have little credibility when it comes to making predictions—I also picked the Cowboys to upset the Patriots back in Week 6 (whoops!).
Nevertheless, here are eight bold predictions for the second half of the Redskins season.