(WUSA 9) -- The Washington Redskins are bad on Monday night. Very bad.
In the past 20 seasons, Washington is an abysmal 5-22 on Monday Night Football, with nine of those losses coming by at least 17 points.
That history does not bode well for the Redskins, who travel to Philadelphia for a crucial matchup with the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles next Monday. Washington is tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East lead at 6-5, with Philadelphia (5-6) biting at their heels.
The Redskins had an opportunity to put their Monday night woes behind them in Week 5 following an early-season bye, but instead suffered a 43-19 drubbing at the hands of the New Orleans Saints in the Bayou. That defeat was the franchise’s sixth straight on Monday Night Football, with their last victory coming in 2014.
The last time Washington won on Monday night, Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden were in the broadcast booth for ESPN. Tirico has since moved to NBC and Gruden is in the midst of a 2-9 reality check as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
The Redskins did not win a Monday night game in the Sean McDonough-era and are already 0-1 with Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten in the booth.
However, there is reason for Washington fans to be hopeful. Colt McCoy will make his second start of the year at quarterback in place of Alex Smith, who was lost for the season after breaking his right fibula and tibia in Week 11. The last time Washington won on Monday Night Football, the starting quarterback was (drumroll please) Colt McCoy.
In Week 8 of the 2014 season McCoy threw for 299 yards and rushed for a touchdown in a 20-17 overtime victory over the Cowboys.
The Redskins will need another dose of that McCoy magic next week in order to keep pace with Dallas and hold off Philadelphia in a desperately tight NFC East. If not, a season that started with such promise will continue to slip away.