Eagles coach Chip Kelly would say he hasn't given a thought past this Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field - much less how the Eagles can avoid a rematch with the Green Bay Packers until the NFC Championship Game.
Since Kelly is off to a 19-9 start to his NFL coaching career by doing things that way, that has proven to be sound strategy.
We, on the other hand, are allowed to have the fun of speculating far ahead to how the Eagles might land a spot in Super Bowl XLIX.
And on that road, it was a good holiday weekend for the Birds.
Not only did the Eagles beat the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day to regain sole possession of first place in the NFC East, but on Sunday they got a boost with Green Bay winning and Arizona losing.
Although the Packers beating New England while the Cardinals lost to Atlanta doesn't officially change the current playoff seeding in the NFC, playoff scenarios were altered dramatically. That's particularly true if you are looking to find a path to a deep run by the Eagles.
As it stands now, the best thing is to avoid the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers for as long as possible in the playoffs.
If the playoffs started today, the Cardinals would be the No.1 seed, the Packers No. 2 and the Eagles No. 3.
For the Birds, that would mean they would have to win a Wild Card round game to earn a second-round trip back to Lambeau Field, where the Packers just delivered a 53-20 shellacking to them two weeks ago.
That's not good.
Going back to Green Bay - where the Packers improved to 6-0 this season with Sunday's 26-21 win over the AFC leading-Patriots - is a playoff trip the Eagles would want to put off for as long as possible. Like, say, until the NFC championship game, where the “Any Given Sunday” rule would be in effect for a spot in the Super Bowl.
After this weekend, that seems a lot more possible.
With Arizona losing, the top three teams in the NFC are 9-3.
Should all three teams run the table to the end of the season, the Cardinals win all tie-breakers and the Eagles lose, all so the seeding would not change.
But the odds of all three teams finishing 4-0 are unlikely. Shuffling seems imminent.
Obviously, the Eagles would most want the No. 1 seed, which comes with a first-round bye and home-field throughout the playoffs. But that seems unlikely, especially with the way the Packers are playing.
The most reasonable “best situation” would be for Green Bay to capture the top seed and the Birds to take the No. 2 spot, thus getting them out of the Packers' bracket for the second round.
Considering the schedules down the stretch, it is not hard to see that happening.
Of the Cardinals, Packers and Eagles, Arizona suddenly looks like the one most likely to lose the most remaining games.
The Eagles don't have it easy with Seattle (8-4) and then a rematch with Dallas (8-4) next on the schedule.
For NFC East purposes it is clear why beating Dallas is paramount, but beating the Seahawks could also be critical.
The Seahawks have a strong shot a winning the NFC West and the Birds do not want to lose that tiebreaker should both teams finish with the same record.
The Eagles' advantage is they get Seattle and Dallas at Lincoln Financial Field, where they have won 10 straight regular-season games.
With the final two games at Washington (3-9) and New York (3-9), two teams that have already checked out of the 2014 season, a 3-1 finish to put the Eagles at 12-4 is not an outrageous expectation.
That should get the second seed.
The Packers finish with Atlanta (5-7), at Buffalo (7-5) and Tampa Bay (2-10) and then against Detroit (8-4). I expect a table run for a 13-3 record and the top seed.
Arizona has the gauntlet.
The Cardinals play Kansas City (7-5), which is fighting to hold on to an AFC Playoff spot, and then finish with three straight NFC West rivals: at St. Louis (5-7), against Seattle (which recently beat them in Arizona, 19-3) and at San Francisco (7-5).
It is easy to see Arizona, which has dropped two straight, finishing 2-2 or even 1-3. That would put the Cardinals in the third seed or even lower.
The games must still be played, which means anything can still happen. But if you are looking for a possible path for how the Eagles can avoid the Packers until the NFC Championship Game, this is a good one.