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Jalen Mills Ready To Move On After Tough Outing

Cornerback Jalen Mills knows he can't allow Sunday's loss in Tampa Bay to beat him again.

If he lets the disappointment linger, it'll distract him from focusing on this week's opponent, the Indianapolis Colts.

"Move on," Mills said. "It's a new week, a new team, a new opponent."

Mills was credited for allowing two of Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's four touchdown passes on Sunday. The first came on the opening play of the game as DeSean Jackson scored on a 75-yard pass. The play wasn't completely Mills' fault. Mills expected safety help, but the middle of the field was vacated when Malcolm Jenkins bit on a slant route.

The second touchdown pass, a 4-yard dart from Fitzpatrick to wide receiver Mike Evans, could have been prevented as well. Evans had a two-way go at the line of scrimmage. Mills played the corner and Evans went to the post. Linebacker Nigel Bradham moved laterally to defend against Fitzpatrick scrambling. If he dropped back, he would have been in the passing lane.

"At the end of the day, it's 11 people on offense. It's 11 people on defense," Mills said. "Our job as a defense is to stop the offense."

Still, Mills knows watching the film that he "wasn't the guy that you usually see out there making plays on the ball." Mills didn't cite any particular reason, just noted that the mistakes - mainly eye discipline and technique - "are very easy fixes."

As the Eagles get on the practice field for the first time Wednesday, Mills knows that another week in the NFL presents another challenge at wide receiver. The Colts' top wide receiver, T.Y. Hilton, has 12 catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns on the year.

"Being a guy on the team who is a very high-energy guy, a guy who plays with a lot of passion, and effort, I've got to know that I have to set the tone not only for myself, but for the guys on this team and the guys who look up to me to do that," Mills said.

It doesn't hurt that the Eagles are returning home. The Eagles own the league's best home record since the start of 2016 with a 16-3 mark (including playoffs). Philadelphia's defense has allowed a league-low 12.4 points per game at home in its last 11 contests, also including the postseason, dating back to 2017.

"It's going to be everything," Mills said. "Coming off the road loss, the fans are going to be fired up for us to get another win and Carson's (Wentz) coming back. It's everything we want right now."

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