NFL Week 5 Byes: Four teams are given some early (and possibly unwanted) week off

As the Eagles and most of the other NFL franchises prepare for their games in Week 5, four teams are sitting out.
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They say those who can do and those who can't teach. Most of us can corroborate that statement's accuracy. Had we thrown a few more tight spirals through the tire, maybe we could have landed on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster. Then again, who the heck are we kidding? Most of our careers ended in high school.

Some of us played at the collegaite level, and we knew then that we weren't going to go pro. Oh well, thank Heaven for all of those papers we wrote in English Lit class.

Here's the point. Despite never breaking down a huddle for an NFL squad or sitting in the cold tank after a hard day's work on Sunday, we know the necessity of rest, especially in a demolition derby like pro football. We just aren't certain that we'd want said rest this early in the campaign.

Four teams sit out of the NFL's fifth week of action to enjoy very early bye weeks.

Four NFL teams will sit Week 5 out as they have been scheduled some very early bye weeks, two form each conference. The Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns will watch the rest of the AFC play from the sideline. The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit idle in the National Football Conference.

One has to wonder if they're pumped about that. After all, the NFL's regular season is an 18-week, 17-game grind. Early bye weeks mean teams tackle the remainder of their schedule with no breaks. The Philadelphia Eagles, if you're interested are off in Week 10.

That could be both positive and negative for the Birds depending on what your paradigm is. Philly's week off comes after a home date with the hated Dallas Cowboys and prior to a murderer's row.

They face the Kansas City Chiefs, the Buffalo Bills, the San Francisco 49ers, those same Cowboys, and the Seahawks in consecutive weeks spanning Week 11 to Week 15. We wouldn't wish that on our worst enemies.

Then again, who knows? Maybe we would.

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