PHILADELPHIA — Following a foul residence loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday evening, which dropped the Philadelphia Eagles to four-5 and put them two video games behind the Washington Redskins in the division, quarterback Carson Wentz acknowledged that the bandwagon was doubtless emptying on the defending champs.
“We understand lots of people are going to need to write us off at this level,” he stated. “Now it is simply time to play ball and attempt to go shock some individuals.”
To take action, they’re going to have to overcome not solely a rash of accidents, but in addition the most difficult closing schedule in soccer.
Philly’s remaining opponents have a mixed report of 40-23. That .635 win share is tops in the NFL, per ESPN Stats & Data analysis, forward of the remaining schedule of the Raiders (.592) and Jets (.570).
The Eagles will face 4 division leaders down the stretch, together with the Houston Texans (6-three), Los Angeles Rams (9-1) and Sunday’s opponent, the New Orleans Saints (eight-1).
“Subsequent week is as huge as they arrive,” stated tight finish Zach Ertz of the journey to New Orleans. “I assumed [the Dallas game] was as huge as they arrive. Subsequent week is as huge as they arrive.”
If there is a silver lining, it is that 4 of the Eagles’ remaining video games are in opposition to NFC East opponents, together with two in opposition to the Redskins. If they’ll make hay there, they’ll conceivably claw their manner into the playoffs.
“Our division is correct in entrance of us once more. We have seven video games remaining, and it is a prideful group,” coach Doug Pederson stated. “That is the factor. I belief these gamers in there. They will get it found out.”
They will have to do it brief-handed. Cornerback Ronald Darby suffered a torn ACL on Sunday evening. He’ll be the ninth Eagle to hit injured reserve, becoming a member of Jay Ajayi, Rodney McLeod, Derek Barnett, Mack Hollins, Elie Bouka, Richard Rodgers, Mike Wallace and Paul Worrilow.
The Eagles have a heck of an uphill climb in their bid to repeat — and even make the playoffs. As an alternative of taking a look at that mountain in entrance of them, the plan is to deal with the bottom beneath their ft.
“You’re not allowed to have a look at the massive image at this level in time,” security Malcolm Jenkins stated. “It’s simply taking delight in the work that you just do each single day. Whether or not it’s your preparation, the way in which you follow — that’s all we will afford to have a look at at this level.”