When the Philadelphia Eagles took care of business against a garbage 2-12 New York Giants team on Sunday, they inched closer to their lone remaining regular season goal, home field advantage throughout the playoffs. With one more win or one more Vikings loss, the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC would go through Philly. On Monday, Doug Pederson acknowledged, sort of, that he has begun to think about what he will do if the Eagles clinch. "I've begun thinking, but my focus is winning the game on Monday night, because that to me is the most important thing," he said. "Once we get to next week, we'll figure out next week. But my mindset this week is all about the Oakland Raiders, Monday Night Football, and if we win that one. And like I've said pretty much these last few weeks, we control our destiny right now. So that's the focus for me." Still, it sounds like Pederson is leaning toward resting players, if given the opportunity. "You just make the best decisions for your football team and if that means resting a guy, you rest a guy, or two or three," he said. "But you also have to maintain the edge with these players, and you've got to maintain that confidence and that dominating swagger and you've got to keep that alive.
Doug Pederson seems to be leaning toward resting starters if Eagles clinch 'home field'
Philly Voice | Dec 18