|by Ryan Messick
The Eagles have already played on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 8:20 p.m., on Monday at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday at 8:20 p.m. So, hey, why not add a game on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.? That’s when the Eagles and Vikings will face off on NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Yes, they’ll still call it that), thanks to a snowstorm sweeping through the Delaware Valley that is expected to dump around a foot of snow on South Philadelphia with winds gusting in excess of 40 miles per hour.
It may give Brett Favre enough time to recover from his concussion and get the start over rookie quarterback Joe Webb, and it also significantly shortens the Eagles preparation week for the Cowboys. Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid is taking it in stride.
“We’re organized and prepared for this, and we completely support what the league did from a safety standpoint for everybody,” Reid said. “We got the guys out of the hotel and home, and they’ll come back for a walk through tomorrow and then to the hotel, and it will be just like a Saturday night before a Sunday game, just a normal Saturday night – Sunday schedule.”
With the Bears win today and the Giants still underway, it’s unclear just what may be at stake next week when the Eagles host the Cowboys. A Bears loss next week to the Packers paired with a Birds win over the Vikings would give the Eagles a shot at a first-round bye. A Giants win this week and next, combined with an Eagles loss this week would mean the Eagles need the win just to win the division. Philadelphia’s playoff life could, technically, still be at stake.
“I don’t think it’s a problem,” Reid said. “I think we’ll be all right. We’ve had Monday games, Sunday night games, we had a Thursday game, so we’ve been through a lot of this already, and that will help us. We’ll be fine.”
Reid says the Eagles will take Wednesday off and have a heavy practice day on Thursday to set up a normal Friday through Sunday. The Cowboys also have an extra day to prepare, having lost 27-26 to the Cardinals yesterday.
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