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Move of game raises issues for Vikings, Eagles

Hank Baskett

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2010, file photo shows Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett running during warmups for an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, in Detroit. The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent receiver Hank Baskett to a one-year deal. Baskett practiced with the team Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, one day after being released from the Eagles. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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The first-ever Sunday Night Football game to be played on Tuesday night raises big questions for both of the teams involved in the game.

Both could hurt the Eagles.

With two more days to recover from his concussion suffered on Monday night, Brett Favre could supplant Joe Webb. (We assume that facing Favre would be a bad thing for the Eagles. That could be the subject of a reasonable debate.)

Also, the Eagles will now be faced with a short week to get ready for a key home game in Week 17 against the Cowboys. Since they play both games at home, the Eagles won’t have to travel, which saves more time.

But the practice week has been dramatically disrupted. Wednesday will now likely be an off day. By Thursday, the Eagles may not be ready for a full-blown practice. Their only solid day of work for the week may come on Friday, a day when most teams are winding down in preparation for Sunday’s game.

And the stakes are high for the Eagles. They’re trying to hold off the Giants in the division, and they’re hoping to leapfrog the Bears for the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

The good news for the Eagles is that, by avoiding the snow, they’ll be better suited to unleash the full potential of players like Mike Vick and DeSean Jackson.