The Eagles were held sackless for the third straight game in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field.
However, it's not the lack of sacks that bothered the defensive linemen in the locker room following the game. It was the fact that for the Eagles lost a game for the second straight week after leading in the fourth quarter.
"Sacks are great. I'm more concerned about the wins," defensive end Darryl Tapp said. "That's what hurts more right now."
The Eagles' last sack was by defensive end Jason Babin late in the third quarter of the game at Arizona in Week 3. Opposing offenses have adjusted their gameplans by mixing in keeping in extra protectors and getting rid of the ball quickly.
The Eagles hit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford four times in the contest and even forced an interception, even though they did not get the sack. Defensive end Trent Cole bristled at the notion that the Eagles were not able to get pressure on Stafford.
"It was there. It was there. You know it was there," Cole said. "We did what we could. We fought hard."
Stafford finished the game 22-of-45 for 311 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
"I think we did a good job at times of rushing him. We had a couple hits on him. We had guys coming free. They're a good team, so you can't take anything away from them," Babin said. "Talent or no talent, it's frustrating. We need to get sacks, but ultimately we need to win. Collectively, the goal is to walk out of here with our score being higher than theirs."
In the first three quarters, the defense did their job. The Lions were held to 163 total yards and just six points. However, the Lions gained 286 yards and scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. The players know that it's on them to use the bye week coming up and figure out how to get things back on track.
"We've got to dig deep as players," Tapp said. "There's nothing the coaches can do. We've got to get stuff done ourselves."
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