“The bye week was great. I got to see the family and it’s always good, and important, to get some time away from work to clear your mind. Now is a well-timed break because usually our bye week comes early in the season, so it was kind of cool to have it during Week 7. Overall it was good.
“It definitely helps to take a break. The only way you’re going to get healthy, especially in this sport, is by taking time off. You can’t really keep practicing and expect to get yourself healthy or back to as close to 100-percent as you can, which you’re not going to get there during the season, but you always need time off in order to get your body back to where it needs to be to play.
“It’s nice to have Matt (Stafford) back on the field. Last week at practice we got him back in stride, so we didn’t miss a beat this week. He knows as the starting quarterback of the team that you’re just automatically dumped into the role of being a leader, and whether you like it or not, you’re going to have to step up and be accountable and hold that role down. He’s done a good job of that.
“There hasn’t been any drop-off in the mood of the team. Guys are still flying around and we know we’re a good team, we just have to cut down on the mistakes and I think everybody is aware of that and one thing that we’re really focusing on this week is cutting back on the mental mistakes.
“We have six of the last 10 games at home, so that’s a big advantage for us. One of the biggest things that we have to do is take care of our home field and if we can do that, we can get ourselves right back into the NFC North.
“Looking towards Washington, they have a lot of talented guys in their secondary. They have nothing but first-rounders back there, or just about, I think. I’ve played these guys every year since I’ve been in the league, so we have a little familiarity with them. Obviously they have some with us too, but I think that, I don’t want to say there’s any comfort zone, but we know who we’re going against. We feel that if we can just execute and cut down on the penalties, the metal mistakes and move the ball up and down the field, the defense will do their job and we’ll be alright.
“I’ve always liked (Donovan) McNabb, even when he was with the Eagles. He seems like he brings a lot of energy to the huddle and to his teammates. I like those kinds of guys. He’s always been a leader, that’s just him. Obviously they’re not where they want to be on offense right now, but they definitely have the potential to be a good offense. At the same time, I hope they stay where they’re at this week.”
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