Let me preface this by saying that this is going to be the longest bye week since 2004.
The Eagles don’t play another game until October 9th and waiting that long to see Carson take the field again can make a person do crazy things… kidding.
Even though we have to wait another 10 DAYS! for this Eagles team to take the field again, the bye week is coming at a perfect time for a young team that just had its biggest win of the season.
There’s this weird thing in football where you sort of know when a team is going to lose or win a game. For example, the Cardinals week 2 against the Bucs was a game that you knew Arizona was going to win. Why? Because they viewed themselves as Super Bowl contenders and had just lost a game, at home, to a Patriots team that didn’t have Tom Brady starting for it. They were pissed off and angry and took all of that frustration out on the poor Bucs and Jameis Winston.
On the contrary, there’s also games that you know your team will lose and it’s usually coming after that teams biggest win of the season.
That’s exactly how I feel about this bye week.
Had they played the Lions this Sunday, I would have been worried. Even though the Lions are an inferior opponent, the Eagles had just destroyed a perennial Super Bowl contender in the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the whole league has been talking about how good this Eagles team is. Young teams may start to feel themselves a little bit after a win like that and may not be as hungry to get the job done the following week. Now, with the bye week here, the guys can get away from football, go hunting (like Carson) and not be as focused on the outside noise surrounding this team. By the time next Monday rolls around, the league will have forgotten about the 34-3 beatdown of the Steelers and this team can fully move on to the Lions.
They simply won’t be the story-line anymore.
Another reason why I like this bye week is that it lets the guys recover a little bit, which is obvious, but really think about it. The Eagles are coming off of what seems like the hardest training camp of their lives. Gone were the days of Chip Kelly forcing the team not to tackle; it was a physical camp that no doubt wore down their bodies. The team went straight from the rough training camp into the preseason then the regular season. It’s been 9 straight weeks of strenuous football. Now they get a week to sort of recharge their batteries before the season really gets going. They get to take a breath.
Now, they should be one of the freshest teams in the league, and knock on wood, one of the healthiest as well. While the bye week is going to feel like an eternity, it comes at a perfect time for a young team coming off of it’s biggest feat.
I’ll gladly wait another 10 days to ensure they don’t lose to the Lions, wouldn’t you?