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Big Plays Not A Band-Aid

Wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson combined for 11 catches, 140 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Bills.

Maclin caught his 10th career red zone touchdown in the first quarter and Jackson used his speed to take a screen 31 yards to the house in the fourth quarter.

But even with their big plays, the Eagles were not able to overcome what's been an Achilles heel for this team early in 2011 – turnovers.

"We've been shooting ourselves in the foot," Jackson said. "Somewhere along the line, enough is enough. We're 1-4 right now and it's a terrible feeling, especially for a team like ours that expected better. Now we've just got to figure it out."

The Eagles are third in the NFL in total offense averaging 445.6 yards per game. However, they are 11th in points due in large part to 15 turnovers, which is the most in the NFL.

"The only reason you turn the ball over is if you make mistakes, period," said Maclin. "I can't explain why we're having so much trouble protecting the ball. Our coaches are emphasizing it, but we've still been making mistakes. If you mess up the other team is going to capitalize upon them. We've got to go back to the drawing board man and get this thing right."

Having lost three of their last four games by seven points, or fewer, the Eagles are finding it difficult not to become frustrated. Sitting at 1-4 with one game left to play before the bye week, there is an obvious sense of urgency for the players within the NovaCare Complex.

"We've got to keep coming to work, working hard, and doing the things that we need to do," said Jackson. "If we keep giving away the ball, we're not going to be able to get it done on the field. We have to put the coaches' plans to perfection, and we just haven't been doing that."

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