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Kelly: No Question Team Would Bounce Back


Head coach Chip Kelly is known for keeping his training sessions in motion, keeping his players in an up-tempo hurry throughout the entire workout.

This week, more than ever, Kelly will need his speedy preparation to shine as the Eagles play two football games in five days, facing the Dallas Cowboys just four days after topping the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon, 43-24.

But the team couldn't afford to skip Sunday's contest with the Titans and eye the rival Cowboys, with whom they entered Week 12 tied for first place in the NFC East. Kelly said it was pretty evident that his players did nothing of the sort.

This past week in training, the Eagles were all-in on Tennessee.

"They were focused on Tennessee," Kelly said after the game, "and I thought that showed in their play today.

"I think our attention was totally on Tennessee because we only get to play one game per week, so there was nothing else to look for other than getting ready for (the Titans). I think these guys have done a great job of staying in the moment and playing a good game."

A week after losing by 33 points to the high-flying Packers, the Eagles began with a bang, scoring 17 points in the first quarter of Sunday's showdown. They scored seven points mere seconds into the game on a 107-yard kickoff return from wide receiver Josh Huff, the longest in franchise history.

From the kickoff, the team's focus was evident. They had lost to the Packers, and they needed to fix their mistakes.

The Eagles weren't about to lose again.

"We talked about starting fast," Kelly said, "and I don't think you can get a faster start than that."

With the Titans game marked safely with a "W" in the win column, Kelly will now allow himself to turn his attention to the Cowboys, mainly because he doesn't have much of a choice. As his team funnels out of the stadium and goes home to rest after a dominating win over Tennessee, Kelly has preparation to do. He and his staff will return to the NovaCare Complex and put together the team's game plan for Thursday's NFC East showdown. The team returns Monday to start the shortened week of training.

Kelly said he loved what he saw from his team in training this past week, following the loss to the Packers, and he'll look to have the same kind of intensity this week.

And the players will tote an added level of confidence with them into training this week after flawlessly executing the first part of the fast-paced week, something that Kelly and his coaches saw coming the whole way.

"I don't think anybody inside that locker room had any question that we were going to bounce back like we did," Kelly said.

The Eagles face the Titans in their last 2014 matchup against an AFC South opponent...

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