The Eagles didn’t really practice Friday – they held a walkthrough. With two games left in the regular season and a divisional-round postseason berth assured, a good bit of the focus is on getting to that hard-earned playoff bye week without further injury.

“We have a longer week, so we’ve been able to spread it out more,” center Jason Kelce said. The Eagles don’t play until Monday night, when they host the Oakland Raiders.

The Birds could clinch home field throughout the playoffs if the Packers were to upset the Vikings Saturday night, which would put an even bigger premium on preparing for the postseason; you’d likely see quite a few starters play briefly Monday, or not at all. With Green Bay eliminated from the postseason last week and consequently placing Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve, no one at NovaCare is counting on a Vikings loss. But rest obviously matters.

“Physically, we’ve been backing down for a few weeks now, to try to make sure everybody’s fresh going into these playoff games,” Kelce said. “You’re always balancing getting guys physically back vs. making sure guys are mentally prepared for the game.”

Earlier this week, Eagles coach Doug Pederson spoke of fatigue having been a factor in the raggedness of last Sunday’s victory over the Giants. Pederson cited “a compounding interest of everything that’s sort of taken place in the last month of our season,” including two West Coast games and the Carson Wentz season-ending injury.

Around the team, there is a definite longing for the playoff bye week. Almost as big would be clinching home field either Saturday or Monday, and cruising through the last week of the regular season, before hosting Dallas on New Year’s Eve with little pressure on the starters to play much.

“You try not to think about that, obviously; we’ve got to focus on this game,” Kelce said. But bodies and minds are tired and the thoughts are there, they just get pushed away.

“I think Doug’s done a great job this week of making sure we’re staying fresh,” tight end Brent Celek said. “You gotta take advantage of the time [by stretching, getting massages, and other treatments]. You can’t just sit around and do nothing, you’ve got to take care of your body and make sure you’re feeling good.”