Under Andy Reid, the Eagles have come off their bye to play an opponent that was also coming off its bye once before – and it was the Atlanta Falcons, the same team the Eagles will face this week, in the same situation.
In 2008 the Eagles and Falcons both rested the week of Oct. 19. The Falcons were on their way to an 11-5 season, the Eagles were headed for 9-6-1, but also for a playoff run that would take them to the NFC Championship Game. On Oct. 26, the Eagles won at the Linc, 27-14, with Brian Westbrook running for 167 yards on 22 carries and catching six passes for 42 more yards.
In Atlanta, that game is remembered more for the call ref Jerome Boger's crew made with two minutes and 22 seconds left. Falcons returner Adam Jennings was ruled to have muffed a Sav Rocca punt, with Akeem Jordan recovering for the Eagles, who led, 20-14. Replays showed there was a good chance Jennings didn't touch the ball, but the Falcons were out of timeouts, and because more than two minutes remained, they couldn't challenge. There was no review.
Falcons rookie QB Matt Ryan, from Penn Charter High, threw for a couple of TDs but also was intercepted twice.
Under Reid, who is 13-0 the week following the Eagles' bye, the team has never faced an undefeated opponent. The Falcons are 6-0 coming off their week of rest, and are being widely hailed as the class of the NFC. The Eagles, who return to the practice field Monday with a new defensive coordinator in Todd Bowles, are 3-3.
Here is a breakdown of the teams Reid has defeated coming out of the bye in his previous 13 seasons, with what each team had done the previous week:
2011: The Eagles defeated Dallas, which was coming off a 34-7 win over the Rams.
2010: The Eagles defeated the Colts, who were coming off a 30-17 Monday Night win over Houston.
2009: The Eagles defeated Tampa Bay, which was coming off a 16-3 loss to Washington.
2008: The Eagles defeated the Falcons, who were coming off their bye.
2007: The Eagles defeated the Jets, who had lost to the Giants, 35-24, the previous week.
2006: The Eagles defeated the Redskins, who had beaten Dallas, 22-19, the week before.
2005: The Eagles defeated the Chargers, who had beaten Oakland, 27-14, the previous week.
2004: The Eagles defeated Carolina, which was coming off a 20-17 loss to Denver.
2003: The Eagles defeated Buffalo, which had lost the week before to Miami, 17-7.
2002: The Eagles defeated Tampa Bay, which had beaten the Browns, 17-3, the previous week.
2001: The Eagles defeated the Giants, who had lost to the Rams, 15-14, the week before.
2000: The Eagles defeated the Bengals, who had beaten the Jaguars, 17-14, the previous week.