The Eagles have suffered more than their fair share of heartache this season. Three of their five losses through the first nine games of the season came by a combined total of just six points, and the injury bug hasn't been kind to the team this year.
But Sunday's 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers was a different kind of anguish.
After jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game, the Eagles would allow three unanswered touchdowns over the next 20 minutes of game time before trading scoring drives with Tampa Bay. A deadly combination of miscues, penalties and poor execution on both sides of the ball put Philadelphia in a 28-14 hole going into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Bucs scored 10 more unanswered points before a Caleb Sturgis field goal late in the fourth quarter made it 38-17. With 4:16 in the game, Lavonte David picked off Mark Sanchez for the third time on the day, taking the interception back 20 yards for the game's final scoring play to make it 45-17.
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"Sporadic," head coach Chip Kelly said of the play of his offense before turning his attention to the defense. "We didn't tackle the way we normally tackle. It looked like we had some opportunities for interceptions that (we didn't catch). ... And the penalty part, to extend those drives, really hurt us. We (would have) an opportunity to get them off the field, but then we (would have) a penalty that extends the drive. I think those are the things we're going to have to clean up, if we're going to have an opportunity to win a football game."
Looking ahead, Kelly and his team are faced with a short week, as they'll fly to Detroit to take on the Lions this Thursday at 12:30 PM. Typically, players are given a day off on Monday while the coaching staff develops its game plan for the team's upcoming opponent. But with less than four days standing between Philadelphia and their Thanksgiving matinee, the coaches will get together to devise their plan Sunday night, and the players will be right back on the field the following morning.
"I told those guys, 'You better have a short memory,'" Kelly said. "We all want to write a narrative of 'How does this game affect that game?' I mean, we beat Dallas and that was, 'We're going to win the rest of our games.' It doesn't work that way. It never works that way. We've got to come back to come back to work tomorrow morning and get ready to play a game on Thursday. If we allow this game to affect us on Thursday, then shame on us."
At 4-6, the Eagles and Redskins are tied for second place in the NFC East, both sitting one game behind the 5-5 Giants. It feels like it's been said before just about every game since Week 3, but if Philadelphia is going to right the ship the rest of the way notching a win against the Lions will be crucial.