With the Eagles on a season-high three-game winning streak and Nick Foles atop the NFL in passer rating, this would seem to be an unfortunate time to have a bye week. Coach Chip Kelly believes in week-to-week momentum, but he insisted that the bye week would not be an excuse for the Eagles.

Kelly said the Eagles had planned their schedule in advance, so they knew how they would approach the bye week since June.

"If you come out after a bye and don't play well, if you blame it on 'we were on a roll and had to take a break,' you're giving yourself built-in excuses, and that's not what this deal is all about," Kelly said. "We don't make excuses. We knew we were going to start the season and play three games in 11 days. That is the way it is."

Kelly had the players at the facility on Monday for meetings. They will practice on Tuesday, and then Kelly will give them the rest of the week off. The players report back on Nov. 26 to begin preparing for the Dec. 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals. The coaching staff finishes its formal meetings on Wednesday.