The Philadelphia Eagles are the first team in NFL history to go 2-4 without a winning record after their bye week.
That could be a long-term trend.
Here are five things we learned about the Eagles this week.
They have to change up their approach to the game in order to succeed: It’s hard to say what’s going to be the key for the Eagles moving forward.
They’re already playing in the NFL’s toughest division, and the Eagles have only been to two playoff games this season.
But they’re also playing in one of the best offensive lines in the league, and their defensive players have shown they can make plays on the ball and keep drives alive in big moments.
The Eagles have played with some inconsistency, as they’ve lost nine of their past 10 games.
The team could have trouble finding the balance to keep things rolling.
It could be difficult to do so while remaining competitive.
If they do, it could make a big difference.
It’s not about who they beat or how well they play: The Eagles are already one of two undefeated teams in the NFC.
If the Eagles can’t get past the Rams, the Rams will be a major question mark.
But it’s not really about who the Eagles beat.
The Rams are good enough to make the playoffs, but not great enough to win it all.
They haven’t beaten the Eagles since the 2013 season opener.
The next two games against the Panthers and Cowboys should be critical for the team.
The two games are critical because they determine which team will finish first or second in the division, as well as whether the Eagles finish third or fourth.
It also will determine if the Eagles make the postseason.
They need to get rid of a few players: The first team to lose at least three games in a row is considered a bust.
That hasn’t happened to the Eagles yet.
The loss of players like Jason Peters, who missed all of last season because of injury, has to change.
Peters, a Pro Bowler, is the Eagles’ leading rusher this season with 1,724 yards.
He also had nine receptions for 104 yards.
But he’s still not the player the team hoped he would be.
The coaching staff must figure out how to get Peters back to being that player.
The problem is, the team doesn’t have any experience with him at all.
There’s no depth at running back, and there’s not a lot of depth at tight end, receiver or offensive line.
They can’t rely on their stars to stay healthy: The Philadelphia secondary was ranked the best in the AFC in 2016.
They were second in interceptions (19), third in scoring defense (23.5 points per game) and fourth in sacks (16.5).
But injuries have affected a lot, including cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Nigel Bradham.
Maxwell missed the season opener with a torn Achilles, Bradham missed the final six games with a hamstring injury.
Maxwell also has been out since Week 2.
The front seven, led by linebacker Mychal Kendricks, hasn’t been good this season, and it’s hard for the coaching staff to rely on the players to play through those injuries.
It may take time for the front seven to get back to the form they showed in 2016, but the Eagles are definitely in the right direction to get it right this season if they get healthy.
The bye week is critical: The teams last four games were against the Rams and Giants.
They’ll need to be prepared to face the Chiefs, Cardinals and Packers.
The biggest challenge for the defense will be getting through the Packers defense in the middle of the season.
It’ll be tough for the offense to get out of the NFC North race without facing the Packers.
That said, the Eagles could be very dangerous if they can stay healthy and get healthy in the bye weeks.
They should be better for it.