Washington and Philadelphia fans have had to wait longer than anybody to get this regular season rolling, but the time is here: The Redskins take on the Eagles tonight at FedEx Field.
Here’s hoping the oddsmakers have things right: Scoresandodds.com has the Redskins as 4.5-point favorites.
Nobody knows, of course, what will happen on the field. But we all know what will happen to roads in the area: They’ll be jammed.
The Washington Post has a story about INRIX, a company that analyzed traffic from past Monday night games and came up with this: If you’re commute is usually 45 minutes on game night between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., you’re going to be looking at double that time.
Want to avoid that? Take the Blue Line to the Morgan Boulevard Metro Station.
And if you want to avoid that, too — or you just can’t get tickets, here are some places in and around Vienna to watch the game with fellow football fanatics.
1. Vienna Inn
120 Maple Ave E, Vienna
Why: Four words: world famous chili dogs. Plenty of food, beer and spirited company to carry you through the game. Plus, they've been in town for more than 50 years, so they have plenty of game day experience under their belt.
2. Neighbor's Restaurant
262 Cedar Ln, Vienna
Why: With big screen TVs and ample seating in three separate dining areas, you'll probably be able to see the game for most of the night.
3.O'Malleys Sports Pub
1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
Why: O’Malleys boasts flat screen TV’s around the bar and in the booths, and food and drink specials.
4. Glory Days Grill
3059 Nutley Street, Fairfax
Why: Just a hop and a skip away from the Vienna Metro, this is one of the few area hangouts that bills itself just as a sports bar. Plus, they call their manager the "Coach."