The Eagles are going to try to keep everything normal for the next two weeks.
There's just nothing normal about this.
This week, the Eagles will be insulated in Philadelphia, preparing from the NovaCare Complex. But next week, they'll go to Minnesota and into a circus-like environment. They won't play in Super Bowl LII until Feb. 4.
So how will Doug Pederson try to keep things normal?
"I've got to just communicate and keep things on a rigid, tight schedule, make sure guys are focused on the job at hand," Pederson said. "They even said it after the game, last night in the locker room, that there's a lot of unfinished business still to do. There's one game left. One game left in this season. We've come this far and want to make sure we stay focused.
"We've got a great locker room, as you guys know. I trust my leaders of the team. I trust they will keep this group focused and grounded. It's an all-hands-on-deck mentality. They'll come to work this week ready to go, eager to go. They've been able to do it all season."
For the most part, this week will be like a typical week of practice. Pederson hinted the Eagles will install most of their game plan this week without the distractions of the Super Bowl circus. They can then fine-tune things in Minnesota.
Leading up to the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles seemed remarkably loose, so they'll probably try to keep it that way for the next two weeks. The team was so loose that the final team meeting Saturday featured a singalong to the Meek Mill song "Dreams and Nightmares," which has seemingly become an anthem of sorts for the Eagles.
"It's probably one of the calmest I've seen our guys, the most relaxed I've seen our guys," Pederson said. "I do want them to feel relaxed. If I'm tight and uptight, they're going to feel it and probably react the same way. And so I want them to let their personalities show and have fun. Enjoy the moment. This is why we coach and play, is for these opportunities and these moments right here."
A week on the road isn't exactly a whole new experience for the Eagles either. They were on the road for a week in Los Angeles in December between the Seahawks and Rams games. Pederson said that even back then they thought that experience could pay off in the long run.
After they lost in Seattle, the Eagles flew south and stayed in Orange County for the week before pulling off the win over the Rams that clinched the NFC East on Dec. 10.
"We talked back then that this was sort of a precursor for hopefully this opportunity," Pederson said. "And kind of going through it a little bit with the team hotel, the meeting, the travel to a practice site, the media obligations and things like that. And now having been through it, it makes it a little bit easier going up to Minneapolis, but now it's just on a bigger, grander stage, obviously, so the attention will be a lot more.
"There will be a lot more distractions, a lot more pulling on coaches, players, personnel. Having gone through it in L.A. has really given us a leg up going up there in a week."