The Eagles certainly did not expect to be 3-6 through nine games. They had no reason to believe a five-game losing streak would befall them after a 3-1 start. But here they are, all but written off with seven games left to play.
"I have never been through anything like this," said wide receiver Riley Cooper, who scored his first touchdown of the season on a pretty one-handed catch. "We have our backs up against a wall and we just have to keep fighting. Starting tomorrow we have to get back at it."
That's what the season has come to for the Eagles, picking yourself up after getting knocked down and moving forward.
"The only thing I can say that we can do is we have to all do our job," said tight end Brent Celek. "We have to play hard and give it everything we have. I don't know what else to say. Give it all you have on every single play and good things will start to happen.
"I think we can all dig deeper. We can all play better and we can all try a little harder."
Next up for the Eagles is a trip to Washington to play the equally 3-6 Redskins. With a win there, perhaps they can get on a roll. But the Eagles, as the cliché goes, have to take it one game at a time.
"We're a confident bunch," said wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. "We just need to get that first (win) and we'll be alright. We're pressing right now and we really have to get it done and go out there and get a 'W' next week."
"We are going to fight," said running back LeSean McCoy, who ran for 82 yards on 16 carries Sunday afternoon. "I have no quit in me and I am sure the guys around me will continue to fight."
Also on the players' minds is the outside speculation about the future of head coach Andy Reid. Supporting their beloved coach, according to Celek, is very much a goal for the rest of the season.
"I think we all think that," Celek said. "I think that Andy is a great coach. I want to play for him more than anything. I want to win for him, esepcially with what happened earlier in the preseason. To see how we are playing right now, this is not a reflection on Andy. I know it is because he is the head coach, but this is not his type of team right now. We have to play better as players; we need to play better."
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