BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Eagles have been in Minnesota since Sunday afternoon. They've toured the Mall of America, they've marveled at the indoor amusement park, they've answered silly questions at media night.
Their real week starts on Wednesday.
"I'm ready," defensive tackle Tim Jernigan said on Tuesday afternoon. "I'm ready to just get back to football and just get back to the X's and O's. We've been doing everything we gotta do just to stay focused and be ready for Sunday. It's going to be real good to be back."
On Wednesday, the Eagles will get on buses and make the 20-minute drive from the Radisson Blu hotel in the Mall of America to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis for their first real practice of Super Bowl week.
That's when the circus fades and the real work begins. By Friday, the Eagles will be finished with all their media availabilities and will be able to focus solely on football.
Head coach Doug Pederson said on Tuesday that he hasn't decided whether or not the Eagles will practice in pads this week as they've done in recent weeks. The resumed padded practices came during the bye week to bring back some physicality to their workouts. It especially helped linemen.
As far as the schedule of practice, things in Minnesota will be very similar to the way the Eagles did things back at the NovaCare Complex. They'll just be in a different location.
"The setup over there is really nice," Pederson said. "The University of Minnesota has done a great job of allowing us to use their facility. That's going to be a great place to practice and get our work done this week.
"The week itself, a lot of obligations, the guys get pulled in a lot of different directions. As we really kind of begin the work week and focus in again on the football game, we can't lose sight of that either. There is a game at the end of the week and my job is to make sure the guys stay mentally plugged in this week. That's why the routine will remain the same. We just adjust. We're flexible. Whatever we're asked to do, we do. At the same time, we stay focused on the task."
The Eagles will practice at the University of Minnesota this week, while the Patriots will use the Vikings' facilities. That will probably make many Vikings fans pretty happy, to not have the team that ousted them take over their building.
"There really ain't much to do for fun," Jernigan said. "We didn't really come here for fun. We came here for business. It's cold outside. Staying in the hotel and focusing on ball."
While this week and its distractions are pretty new for the Eagles, Bill Belichick's Patriots have been here plenty of times before, including last year. Belichick did quickly point out that his team has several new players who are experiencing this for the first time. But the majority have been through it all.
"We talk to our players a lot about preparing for this game," Belichick said on Monday night, when asked if he talks to his players about avoiding distractions. "We try to prepare for the game as best we can, so that includes making good decisions with our time and knowing what's important this week. There will be time for plenty of other things starting Monday."
The Eagles, obviously, have a similar mindset. This week is fun, sure, but starting Wednesday, football completely takes over.
Like Jernigan, center Jason Kelce is looking forward to getting back on the practice field.
"I think that we'll really start work tomorrow, where we'll get back into that standard type of week," Kelce said. "I think the coaches keep saying once we start the week of practice, going to meetings, going from this to this to this, it really kind of happens naturally."