No one's saying the 2015 Eagles are good. They have just four wins and have been exasperatingly inconsistent. But no one really thought they were this bad either.
The Birds allowed five touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, 283 rushing yards and 45 points to the now 5-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And with several key Eagles nursing injuries like Sam Bradford, Ryan Mathews and Zach Ertz (who had a concussion Sunday), the three-day prep period before their next game is awful timing, isn't it?
Well, according to players looking to exercise a short memory, the quick turnaround couldn't come at a better time.
"I am so happy we've got the short week I won't even lie," linebacker Brandon Graham, who committed a very costly offsides penalty before the game slipped away Sunday, said. "Now we can focus on the Lions."
We've got to go to Detroit, we have to win on Thanksgiving, and just get this bad taste out of our mouth."
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The Eagles will hit the film room, and the practice field starting bright and early Monday at the NovaCare Complex. And on Wednesday, they're already touching down in Detroit for the Thursday afternoon game (12:30 p.m. on FOX).
"We are going to go back and watch the film and assess areas of correction," Eagles safety Walter Thurmond said. "We have to put that behind us and get ready for Detroit on a short week. We have to put that to bed and move on."
It will be key for the Eagles to get a on Turkey Day. If they can't, they'll have New England waiting for them in Week 13 and a playoff spot all but squandered.
"We have a couple extra days then to get ready for them Patriots," Graham said. "And man, that's going to be a statement game too. If we can pull that one off we'll be heading in the right direction."
As professional athletes, the Eagles have to believe in themselves. If they don't, they might as well not even suit up. So even after a disastrous and embarrassing loss, the Birds remain positive and focused on winning.
"We aren't going to quit on each other," Graham said. "There's one way to go right now, it's up. The worst has happened to us. The crazy part is we still got a shot. There are six games left.