Going into the Week Eleven bye, the Philadelphia Eagles have been on a roll winning their last three games and firmly taking control of the NFC East. Some would argue this isn’t the best time to take a break. You’ve got to play the hot hand once it’s dealt, so to speak.
In an interview with PhiladelphiaEagles.com earlier this week, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was asked if he had any concerns that this stoppage of play could hurt the team’s recent winning streak.
“Well, I think this bye occurred exactly when the NFL planned it, because we knew about this when the schedule came out. So we’ve had a schedule in place knowing that we’re going to play 11 games and get a break. So everybody in the league has a bye in their thing. So we don’t really worry about it. I think when you start to think God, we’re really playing well, I wish we didn’t have a bye. Things that we don’t control, we don’t worry about. We knew it was coming up. We knew how we were going to handle it and we’ve had the same schedule in place since June, so so be it. If you come out after a bye and don’t play well, if you blame it on we were on a roll and had to take a break, you’re giving yourself built-in excuses, and that’s not what this deal is all about. We don’t make excuses. We knew we were going to start the season and play three games in 11 days. That is the way it is. That’s the way we roll with it, and move up. So I don’t think of it from that standpoint.”
The Eagles will play two back-to-back games at home when they return off bye. The Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions respectively. Both of those teams have winning records of 6-4 and should provide stout competition for the Eagles.