Eagles ready to bounce back vs. Cowboys

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There isn’t much time for the Eagles to look back at their Seahawks debacle.

The Birds (9-4) have three straight games vs. division opponents and still hold their own playoff destiny in their hands.

A win on Sunday Night Football against Dallas will go a long way toward clinching the NFC East, and victories in subsequent games in Washington and then New York could perhaps provide the Birds home-field advantage or even a bye in the jam-packed NFC.

“We are going to meet for a certain amount of time for me to go over playoff scenarios with them,” Chip Kelly said, slightly downplaying — but not ignoring the impending playoffs in January. “It means absolutely nothing if we don’t play well against Dallas. Bottom line is let’s just play well in our next game.”

The Cowboys will have fresh legs after demolishing the Bears Thursday, and with 10 days rest, Dallas will have a slight advantage coming into town for the marquee Week 15 matchup.

However, even though the extra days off will certainly benefit Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as he fights his way back to 100 percent from a back injury, the extra rest means nothing to the Eagles.

“Our game plan going into it wasn’t based on days of rest,” Kelly said. “I’ve never met a coach that has a game plan based on how many days of rest the other team has.”

The Eagles have not lost back-to-back games in 2014, obviously a trend Kelly hopes the Birds continue Sunday.

“I think this group is really focused and when we have lost, we have lost to some really good teams,” the coach said. “I don’t think it’s from a lack of effort or a lack of attention to detail. This team trains very well during the week and they are professional in their approach in everything they do. They also understand that in this league, anything can happen.”

After the loss to Seattle in Week 14, the Eagles are 6-1 at home. The Cowboys game is a home finale, and a good way to say thank you to the loud, dedicated fans who have cheered the team on in two-thirds of its victories.

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