Philadelphia Eagles Finding Their Quirky 2010 Schedule Has Its Benefits
How weird is it (can't you just hear Ed McMahon asking)?
Here's how weird:
• After playing four games in 18 days, coach Andy Reid's Eagles are in the midst of nine days when they don't play a single contest.
• When they take the field on Sunday to play NFC East rival Dallas in Cowboys Stadium, the Eagles will have played four night games in five weeks and five night games this season (did the networks somehow know that Michael Vick, who hardly played last year after being out of the NFL in 2007 and 2008 and who began this year on the bench, would become the most electrifying player of 2010)? In contrast, Philadelphia has kicked off just four times at 1 o'clock.
• Philadelphia played three of its four non-conference games (at the Tennessee Titans and at home against the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans) in the span of six games.
• The Eagles were done playing the NFC East rival Washington Redskins in Week 10, four weeks before they played the Cowboys for the first time.
• Philadelphia doesn't play consecutive home games until Weeks 16-17 but at 8-4, still has a shot at home field advantage in the NFC playoffs.
• The Eagles will go into those final two weeks with their starting quarterbacks undefeated at Lincoln Financial Field in games in which they played into the second half. Current starter Vick exited with torn rib cartilage late in the first quarter of the Week 4 loss to the Redskins. Opening day starter Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in the second quarter of that loss to the Green Bay Packers and didn't return after halftime.