For the first time in roughly two months, the Eagles didn’t take the field for a game this week.
That doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of action around the NFL during Philadelphia’s bye week.
In the Eagles’ own NFC East, the red-hot rival Dallas Cowboys moved up to first place in the division with a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. Dallas had been tied with Philadelphia at 5-1, but now – at least temporarily – sits atop the East.
Speaking of 5-1, the Arizona Cardinals improved to that record Sunday with a win over the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles resume play Oct. 26 when they travel to Glendale to take on the Cards, their third NFC West opponent of the year.
While there are still many questions surrounding the Eagles, one thing that’s become clearer as the season’s gone on is head coach Chip Kelly’s emphasis on maintaining good team culture. Conveniently for Eagles fans during the bye week, NFL Network made available its “Inside the NFL” feature on Philadelphia’s Week 6 win over the Giants, and among Kelly’s many mic’d-up moments are comments about how culture always beats talent.
Kelly himself exemplified good culture during the bye week, too. The second-year coach paid a hospital visit to injured Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, according to NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan via Twitter. Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon in New York’s shutout loss to Philadelphia.
Kelly’s admiration of culture was also represented by quarterback Nick Foles. More mic’d action of the Eagles-Giants contest showed Foles getting vocal with referees after teammate Darren Sproles was injured on an apparently illegal hit. As BleedingGreenNation.com fan “ProtoTyler” commented on an Oct. 17 article, the jury might still be out on Foles as a long-term answer at QB, but there seems to be little doubt about Foles’ character.