Browns-Eagles: Cleveland Looking For More Monday Night Magic

robert aSenior Analyst IDecember 14, 2008

If they have not already, the Cleveland Browns should seriously consider petitioning the league to move all of their future games to Monday night. The Browns have posted an impressive 2-0 record on Mondays this year with victories over the NFC heavyweight New York Giants and the AFC's Buffalo Bills.

Their record on the other six days of the week (more like two: Thursday and Sunday) is not so impressive. The Browns are a dismal 2-9 when not playing on Monday night.

This game is not an important one from the standpoint of the Cleveland Browns, however. Their playoff hopes have long since sailed. The Philadelphia Eagles, however, have a lot to gain with a win on Monday.

After suffering an embarrassing loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Eagles have surged back with two wins over two teams that have already clinched their division, the Cardinals and Giants. After seemingly on the way out of the playoff hunt, the Eagles are right back in the thick of things.

The Eagles currently stand at 7-5-1, just a half game back of the Dallas Cowboys for the seventh spot in the NFC rankings. Currently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons own the two wild card spots.

A Cowboys' loss on Sunday night coupled with an Eagles' win on Monday would help Philadelphia to leap-frog Dallas in the standings, trailing only the Faclons and the Buccaneers in the Wild Card race.

As good as the Eagles' last couple of games have been, the Browns have been equally bad. After a thrilling 29-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills in their last Monday night outing, the Browns, who are down to their third-string quarterback, have dropped three consecutive games, scoring less than 10 points in each contest.

Things look bleak for the Browns in this game, and for a team with seemingly nothing to play for playing a team desperate for a win, the chances for a Cleveland win are slim at best.

The Eagles should run away with this one with no problem. Then again, the Brown's might have just a little bit of Monday Night magic left.


The Browns offense continues to stall, and Philadelphia wins an easy one. It's a snoozer on Monday night.

Philadelphia 24 - Cleveland 6