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The Eagles’ Week 5 opponent just gained an advantage over them [UPDATE]

More bad news.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

UPDATE: Well, so much for the Philadelphia Eagles having a rest advantage over their Week 5 opponent. It’s now the Pittsburgh Steelers who will hold that benefit since they’re getting a Week 4 bye due to the Tennessee Titans’ COVID-19 outbreak:

More bad news in an Eagles season already filled with it.

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.


Things haven’t really been going the Philadelphia Eagles’ way in 2020 but they’re finally catching a break for a change.

Due to positive COVID-19 testing, the NFL is officially rescheduling the Week 4 Pittsburgh Steelers versus Tennessee Titans game to either this upcoming Monday or Tuesday instead of Sunday at 1:00 PM. This means the Eagles will get to play the Steelers in Week 5 with Pittsburgh coming off short rest. Previously it would’ve been the Eagles having a slight rest disadvantage since they’re playing on Sunday Night Football this week.

Of course, the rest difference might not end up meaning much. The 3-0 Steelers are looking like a formidable foe through three games. They rank second overall in DVOA and sixth best in point differential. Pittsburgh’s defense is allowing the third fewest yards per play. Ben Roethlisberger is healthy and he has a number of options to spread the ball around to.

Still, the 0-2-1 Eagles will take any benefit they can get at this point.