IRVING, Texas --We all know that the Eagles lost last week to the Cowboys 24-0. As they will battle later tonight in the first NFC wild card battle, the question is whether the Eagles will need to make drastic changes (or have they made them during the week) to win or do they simply have to execute the game plan better?
On defense, there is no question that the game plan will be much different.
"It's going to be a pretty drastic ideal," said linebacker Will Witherspoon. "We just have to come out and play clean, solid ball which is what we didn't do the last time we were here."
Where Witherspoon lines up tonight could be one of the personnel changes. In the first meeting between the Eagles and the Cowboys in November, Witherspoon played at the middle linebacker position. Last week, he was on the weak side which is where he's been for the second half of the season.
On offense, you get different answers however.
Fullback Leonard weaver believes the team's mindset needs to be better from the opening kickoff.
"We can't come out slow. We can't come out soft. We can't come out nonchalant," Weaver said. "We have to come out and take care of business from the get-go."
Guard Todd Herremans thought "a lot" had to change because the Eagles "didn't score any points last week."
However, tight end Brent Celek offered a different view.
"I don't think it has to be too drastic. We have to quit making mistakes," Celek said. "That's what killed us. It's not so much what they did, it's more of what we did. If we can get back to the way we were playing six weeks earlier, we'll be fine."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:21 p.m., January 9