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The Eagles and their gift schedule

Can we put this three-games-in-eleven days nonsense to bed? Since the preseason, we’ve heard about the brutal start to the Eagles’ season. The Birds open with a stretch of three games in a span of just eleven days. That’s two short weeks, back to back! Holy cow! How will they possibly manage?

Take a step back, though, and the schedule looks more like a gift to the team. That short week between the Monday night opener and the following Sunday? They play a San Diego team that played even later on Monday night, and has to fly cross-country, and has to play at 10am Pacific time. The Chargers will only be halfway through their first venti latte by the time the Eagles have run 40 plays.

And that short week between the Chargers game and the Thursday night tilt against the Chiefs? Kansas City will have just as little time to prepare for the Eagles, since they also play Sunday. Add to that their own long-distance travel issues and the fact that half the Eagles defense is used to practicing against an Andy Reid-designed offense, and this calamity of logistics starts to look suspiciously like it was planned at the NovaCare Center.

But the best part is what happens after that allegedly brutal sprint to open the season: the three extra days to rest our starters and prepare for Peyton Manning. From what little I know of Chip Kelly, he’s likely to spend that time up in Aspen or Vail, at even higher altitude than Denver, so that his team can stock up on red blood cells.



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