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Lunch Break: NFC Least?
Chip Kelly's Eagles will have 12 days rest when they head to Denver to face Peyton Manning's Broncos. (USA Today Images)
Peyton Manning leads the league in passing yards, touchdowns and quarterback rating, among other categories. The Broncos are 3-0 and they’ve looked dominant in each game. On Sunday, they’ll host the Eagles, who have lost two straight. Early lines in Vegas have installed Denver as a double-digit favorite.
If it seems like Manning and his teammates have quite a few advantages heading into the matchup, they do. They just don’t have enough as far as Manning is concerned.
After the Broncos beat the Raiders on Monday night, Manning said Denver is headed for a “tough game” against the Eagles. Then he suggested that the schedule is beneficial to the Eagles and detrimental to the Broncos.
“We’re coming off of a short week -- it’s nice of the NFL to give Philly 12 days and give us six,” Manning told the media. “So we’ve got to handle that. We’ve still got some guys injured. So we’ve got to get some new guys playing. We’re trying to kind of weather that storm with our injuries. We’ve got to get ready for an unfamiliar opponent who has got a really good team at home next Sunday.”
During Tuesday’s press conference, Chip Kelly was asked about Manning’s comments. He initially shrugged it all off before answering with a smirk.
“When do we go play?” Kelly asked rhetorically. “We got to play in a parking lot? We’ll go play in a parking lot. We don’t care.”
What about the insinuation that the schedule gives the Eagles an unfair advantage?
“We played three games in 11 days,” Kelly said. “I don’t care. We only worry about what we can control, and we don’t control the schedule.”