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Davis: Keep Building 'D' With Hard Work


DENVER –**- Bill Davis wants the Eagles defense to "reboot." With another Manning waiting, this time Eli with the Giants on Sunday, Davis hopes the re-charge will include a few more stops.

The Eagles didn't get many on Sunday in a 52-20 loss at Denver. The Broncos punted only two times, both in the second quarter, en route to a franchise-record number of points scored. The Eagles tried to give Peyton Manning some different looks, but he was razor sharp – Davis called Manning a "pretty good buzzsaw" as he completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and 4 touchdowns. Manning compiled a 146.0 passer rating and was, really, unstoppable.

"The guys gave everything they had. He was just better than us today," said Davis. "We just weren't good enough today."

The defense has been a work in progress since the overhaul of the coaching staff, the roster and the scheme, and one month into the season that's exactly what the Eagles defense remains. They couldn't disguise any of their coverages against Manning, and they sacked him just one time, and time and time again the Denver receivers ran free.

Manning saw everything that Davis threw at him, and made pinpoint passes to defeat the scheme.

"He was on. He was better than us today, obviously," said Davis. "We have enough talent and we just have to get better at the scheme we're playing. We have a lot of season left, a lot of football left. Today is a hard one to swallow, but we have to take it like pros and move on. We have to get better one week at a time.

"We have to grow with each other, build it together and work at it until we're playing at the level we want to play at."

There wasn't a whole lot more to say. The Eagles knew they were going to have trouble against Manning, who is playing at a level unlike any quarterback in the NFL. He has 16 touchdown passes, four in each of Denver's wins, and zero interceptions. Denver's mix is terrific.

The Eagles wanted to make Denver drive the ball and not get any easy yards vertically, so Manning just dinked and dunked and moved the Broncos up and down the field.

"Our focus has to be on the Giants now," said Davis. "That's the way we have to look at it."

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