With five games still to play, the Eagles already have clinched their fourth straight division title and, if things fall right Sunday, could lock up a first-round bye in the playoffs.
But coach Andy Reid says he's not the least bit worried that his 10-1 team will have trouble staying focused between now and its first playoff game, which likely won't be until January 15 or 16.
"This group understands (how to stay focused)," Reid said. "They've had the (NFC) home-field advantage (the last two years). They've had the bye week. They understand how important those things are.
"I would bank on our veteran guys who have been through that already to kind of keep that message alive in the locker room. It's very important you push yourself through the whole year. They're very aware of Atlanta (which trails the Eagles by just one game in the race for home-field advantage in the NFC) and some other teams that are playing very good football. You'd better not let yourself slide a bit."
Reid has been very good at keeping his team focused. Since the 2000 season, the Eagles are a league-best 21-4 in their final six regular-season games, including last week's division-clinching 27-6 win over the New York Giants. They shouldn't have too much trouble staying focused this week when they take on a team that just might be their biggest NFC playoff obstacle, the red-hot Green Bay Packers, who have won six in a row after a 1-4 start.
Reid: Players Will Stay Focused Through January
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