WASHINGTON - With the presidential election only a few weeks away, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are likely looking for any edge before voters hit the polls on Nov. 8. But as history has shown, the candidates should pay extra attention on how the Washington Redskins perform in their next game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The so-called Redskins Rule has successfully predicted the result in 17 of the last 19 presidential elections since the Redskins moved to Washington D.C. back in 1937.
So how does the rule work? If the Redskins win their final home game prior to the election, the party of the incumbent president would retain the presidency. But if the Redskins lose, the candidate for the opposing party would become president.
If the rule holds true, Clinton is surely hoping for a Redskins win while Trump should be rooting for the Eagles.
From 1940 to 2000, the Redskins Rule was a perfect 16 for 16 in predicting the presidential winner. However, the rule has not been as good recently as it was incorrect in predicting the 2004 and 2012 elections.
If you are one of those who is not a fan of either candidate, just know that it is possible for NFL games to end in a tie.
|Year||Election Result||Redskins score||Opponent score||Redskins Result?||Incumbent Party win or loss?||Redskins Rule correct or incorrect?|
|2016||Clinton vs. Trump||?||?||?||?||?|
|2012||Obama defeats Romney||Redskins - 13||Panthers - 21||Loss||Win||Incorrect|
|2008||Obama defeats McCain||Redskins - 6||Steelers - 23||Loss||Loss||Correct|
|2004||Bush defeats Kerry||Redskins - 14||Packers - 28||Loss||Win||Incorrect|
|2000||Bush defeats Gore||Redskins - 21||Titans - 27||Loss||Loss||Correct|
|1996||Clinton defeats Dole||Redskins - 31||Colts - 16||Win||Win||Correct|
|1992||Clinton defeats Bush||Redskins - 7||Giants - 24||Loss||Loss||Correct|
|1988||Bush defeats Dukakis||Redskins - 27||Saints - 24||Win||Win||Correct|
|1984||Reagan defeats Mondale||Redskins - 27||Falcons - 14||Win||Win||Correct|
|1980||Reagan defeats Carter||Redskins - 14||Vikings - 39||Loss||Loss||Correct|
|1976||Carter defeats Ford||Redskins - 7||Cowboys - 20||Loss||Loss||Correct|
|1972||Nixon defeats McGovern||Redskins - 24||Cowboys - 20||Win||Win||Correct|
|1968||Nixon defeats Humphrey||Redskins - 10||Giants - 13||Loss||Loss||Correct|
|1964||Johnson defeats Goldwater||Redskins - 27||Bears - 20||Win||Win||Correct|
|1960||Kennedy defeats Nixon||Redskins - 10||Browns - 31||Loss||Loss||Correct|
|1956||Eisenhower defeats Stevenson||Redskins - 20||Browns - 9||Win||Win||Correct|
|1952||Eisenhower defeats Stevenson||Redskins - 23||Steelers - 24||Loss||Loss||Correct|
|1948||Truman defeats Dewey||Redskins - 59||Yanks - 21||Win||Win||Correct|
|1944||Roosevelt defeats Dewey||Redskins - 14||Rams - 10||Win||Win||Correct|
|1940||Roosevelt defeats Willkie||Redskins - 37||Steelers - 10||Win||Win||Correct|